About us

The Patrick Wild Centre sits within the University of Edinburgh’s College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, which is a world-leader in biomedical, translational research. We are part of a hub of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative research centres that put patients and families at the heart of scientific endeavour.

Our mission is to understand the neurological basis of and to test new therapies for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), fragile X syndrome (FXS) and intellectual disabilities (ID)— from cell to synapse, from circuit to behaviour. To achieve this we use an integrated research programme that uses three linked model systems: mouse, rat and human.

The Goals of the Centre are:

  • To use understanding of the genetic basis of ASD/ID as a starting point for modeling the cellular changes associated with these complex conditions.
  • To develop and test new ways to help people with these conditions.
  • To engage those affected by these conditions, as well as their families and those who support them, to better understand their difficulties.