Bridge the Gap – SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation (BTG) is the leading, 501(c)3 non-profit, patient advocacy organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients and families affected by SYNGAP1.
Our priorities include raising public awareness, patient and family advocacy initiatives, educational programs, scientific research conferences and financial support for research.
In addition, Bridge the Gap maintains the largest SYNGAP1 (MRD5) Online Natural History Data Registry in coordination with NORD and with grant funding provided by the FDA. The registry helps us provide the data needed to accelerate SYNGAP1 research.
We have also formed strategic partnerships and collaborations with a diverse group of SYNGAP1 stakeholders to help accelerate the pace of research and maximize our impact.
SYNGAP1 is a rare genetic disorder.
It can cause intellectual disability, epilepsy, autism, sensory
processing disorders and behavior challenges, ranging from mild to severe.
In September 2014, Monica Weldon, along with a small group of families, each with a child diagnosed with a SYNGAP1 mutation, came together to form Bridge the Gap – SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation.
United by their common bond, it drove their desire to raise awareness and search out treatments to improve the quality of life for their children.