What We Do

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 embedded within a hub of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative research centres that put patients and families at the heart of scientific endeavour.

Neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID) affect more than 100 million people worldwide. They cause a wide range of difficulties with learning, as well as social, language, attention, emotional and behaviourial problems.


Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common known cause of inherited learning disability.

In the UK alone, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability, affect around three per cent of the population. For those affected by the conditions, greater understanding and better treatments cannot come soon enough.


For those of us in the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities, achieving scientific and clinical breakthroughs is our ambition.

Alongside our research effort, an important part of the Centre’s work is to raise public awareness and understanding of autism spectrum disorders, fragile X syndrome and intellectual disabilities.

Integral to the Foundation of the Patrick Wild Centre, Professor Emeritus Eve Johnstone continues to play an active role in raising public awareness of the Patrick Wild Centre

We host public lectures, laboratory tours and interactive exhibitions and events. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news and events