About the UC Davis MIND Institute The Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders (MIND) Institute is a highly collaborative, interdisciplinary biomedical research center founded in 1998. The Institute is dedicated to understanding the biological bases of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders and has the explicit goal of developing preventions, treatments and cures for these increasingly common childhood disorders. The MIND Institute brings together more than 50 UC Davis scientists from 20+ academic departments, as well as five schools and colleges (Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Biological Sciences, Letters and Science, and Education) to advance a translational science agenda for neurodevelopmental disorders. The research programs of half of these investigators is housed in the MIND Institute complex; the remainder has their primary laboratory space elsewhere on the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento or on the main University campus in Davis (25-minute drive away). In counterbalance to the distance between investigators, a culture of collaboration and dedication to a translational science agenda permeates the MIND Institute, which brings these investigators together regularly for seminars, meetings, strategic planning, and collaborative research projects. In addition to its research agenda, the MIND Institute also supports a variety of outpatient clinical programs responsible for more than 7,000 patient visits annually and a Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities that supports community-based programs to help people with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. The Institute's staff also includes a complete cohort of clinical and research support, as well as administrative personnel.