In the News

Our organization makes it a priority to stay at the forefront of keeping our families, followers and the general public current on news in the SYNGAP1 space. 


We are Moving

We are excited to announce our new regional office located in Washington D.C. This will provide shared office space for our organizations in Washington, DC. This office space will be a place to foster alliances and innovation among rare disease organizations and amplify the community’s voice on Capitol Hill. Our workstation will be furnished with a standard desk and chair, connections to WiFi and a wired connection to the office printer. An office manager will be on hand to assist participating organizations with scheduling conference room use, welcoming guests, and other administrative tasks. Our organization will be able to benefit from the low monthly cost of $100 and will benefit from tax exclusions for hotels and other taxable expenses, saving the organization hundreds of dollars a year.

BTG Five Year Anniversary

Bridge the Gap –  Syngap Education and Research Foundation will be celebrating 5 years old! We are incredibly excited about the progress our organization has successfully achieved.  Please join us on November 9, 2019, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel at 7 pm to take a look back the last five years and our promising future.  For tickets 

Baltimore Educational Family Meetup


November 8 – 9, 2019

Watch for the Family Newsletter!

Regular Registration

Opens September 15th

Kennedy Krieger Institute

Baltimore, Maryland


Press Releases

May 21, 2019 ~ National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) and Trio Health Present Findings from Real-World Studies on Rare Diseases


APRIL 17, 2019 ~ Embryo editing with CRISPR
APRIL 10, 2019 ~ How families are driving the study of autism genes

Parents of children with rare autism-linked mutations are banding together for support and to join forces with scientists, accelerating the pace of research.

March 6, 2019 ~ Mum's 'tears of joy' as disabled daughter amazes family by completing lifelong dream
November 28, 2018 ~ Mom, scientist work together on scientific breakthrough

November 26, 2018 ~ Scripps Florida discovers 'broken gene' leading to issues with touch, pain in autistic children

November 19, 2018 ~ Loss of SYNGAP1 function results in abnormalities in sensory processing

November 19, 2018 ~ SYNGAP1 heterozygosity disrupts sensory processing by reducing touch-related activity within somatosensory cortex circuits

September 17, 2018 ~ Bridge the Gap - SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation Presents Their First Research Grant to Texas Children's Hospital

June 2018 ~ Johns Hopkins Magazine "FROM BENCH TO BEDSIDE AND BACK"

May 10, 2018 ~ SYNGAP1 included in Top 2 Single Genes linked to Autism Analysis of sequences pegs 99 top autism genes

The statistics reboot raised the number of significant genes to 99. It also boosted the significance of many genes previously included in the list of 65. For example, FOXP1 is now a leading autism gene and SYNGAP1 is nearly as significant as the top two contenders, CHD8 and SCN2A.

March 7, 2018 ~ Rare Disease Report Strategic Alliance Partner Publishes Syngap-1 Paper

March 2018 ~ High Drive TV Health Makers Monica Weldon – Bridge the Gap-SYNGAP

February 28, 2018 ~ FDNA Launches Genomics Collaborative® with Multiple Research Partners Globally.

January 12, 2018 ~ Global Genes Rare Leader: Monica Weldon, CEO of Bridge the Gap:

December 30, 2017 ~ Family promotes awareness of daughter's rare syndrome

November 17, 2017 ~ Cypress mom launches research foundation seeking treatment for son’s rare condition

December 19, 2016 ~ Highlights From 2016 SYNGAP Conference

December 23, 2016 ~ Largest-Ever Study of SYNGAP1 (MRD5), Linked to Autism, was Launched

November 18, 2016 ~ SO PATIENTS ‘FEEL, FUNCTION & SURVIVE BETTER’ NINDS, Nonprofits Work Toward Shared Goal at Forum

November 3, 2016 ~ First International SYNGAP1 Conference and Bridge the Gap – SYNGAP ERF

October 2016 ~ SYNGAP1: From Rare Disorder to Common Cause

September 2016 ~ World’s Largest-Ever Study of SYNGAP1 (MRD5) Launches

August 4, 2016 ~ Representative McCaul Urges Reauthorization of Priority Review Voucher Program
May 06, 2016 ~ More Moms Advocating for Rare Diseases: Monica Weldon, Debra Miller, and Lisa Schill


April 1, 2016 ~ Syngap-1 First International Conference!

July 17, 2015 ~ Rare Disease Foundation CEO cites collaboration, data sharing as keys to progress

April 2, 2015- Scripps Florida Scientists Win $3.3 Million Grant to Accelerate Development of Treatments for Intellectual Disability, Autism, Epilepsy

April 2, 2015 – Scripps Florida Scientists Win $3.3 Million Grant to Accelerate Development of Treatments for Intellectual Disability, Autism, Epilepsy