The University of Utah, Department of Psychiatry is highly respected and recognized world-wide for its autism research programs. Lead by an exceptional team of interdisciplinary researchers, the mysteries of autism are slowly unraveling. Through the study of brain imaging, genetics, and epidemiology we are learning more about what is happening biologically in children and adults who have autism. Our research is critical to our understanding of the causes of autism and, ultimately, the development of successful treatments for autism spectrum disorders (ASD). In addition to our own work, the department is part of a larger network of over fifty universities in the US and Europe called the Autism Genome Project. Funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Autism Speaks Foundation, the project helps facilitate collaborative studies related to ASD.