Welcome to the Childhood Autism Research Group Online - North East

The Childhood Autism Research Group Online - North East (CARGO-ne) is an online resource for families and health professionals that aims to provide up to date information on research projects for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) within Newcastle University and the University of Durham.

The Childhood Autism Research Group was set up in 2004 to connect researchers and doctoral students at Newcastle and Durham universities. Through regular meetings, the group offers opportunities for PhD and clinical students to meet each other, share ideas and discuss new research.

Autism research at the Durham University Psychology Department takes place within the development psychology research group. To find out more about research at Durham University please contact Dr Debbie Riby.

Autism research at Newcastle University is based in the Institutes of Health and Society and Neuroscience, through the Development and Disability research programme and the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust Child and Adolescent Developmental Research: Autism and Mental Health programme. The research is led by Professor Ann Le Couteur, Professor Helen McConachie, Dr Jeremy Parr and Dr Jacqui Rodgers. Please click on the following link for the opportunity to view recent and ongoing studies - Index of studies.

For those studies still in the process of recruitment, there will be information on the individual study page which will provide you with details of who to contact if you would like to find out more about that particular study.


Autistica, the largest autism research funding charity in the UK, have supported Dr Jeremy Parr and Professor Helen McConachie in developing a UK wide autism family research database, ASD-UK.

We would be very grateful if you could let us know what you think of this website by completing the following survey. All information received is completely anonymous and we will update you on this at intervals through the news section on our homepage.

A big Thank you to Richard Thomas who designed our lovely CARGO-NE Logo.

Also Thank you to the United Kingdom Mental Health Research Network (UK MHRN) who assisted with the development of CARGO-NE.