Driven by Science. United by Hope.

To create scientific breakthroughs for rare genetic neurodevelopmental disorders, families and scientists must come together. Simons Searchlight is an ambitious research program that is creating an ever-growing database and resource network. Families like yours are the key to making meaningful progress.

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About Us

Simons Searchlight studies genes that cause rare neurodevelopmental disorders. The study is international, and families can participate in several languages. Learn More

everyone matters

In our quest for answers, each unique finding is important.

personal insights

The best minds in genetic science offer immediate insight to your diagnosis.

freely accessible

Our data is open to all qualified researchers, not held in a single lab.

Genetic Conditions We Study

We study over 150 genes that cause rare neurodevelopmental disorders, and our list is always expanding. Join us if you or your family member have been diagnosed with one of these genetic conditions.

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How to Join

Please follow the steps below.

step 1

Sign up online.

step 2

Provide your genetics lab report.

step 3

Schedule a medical history phone call with a genetic counselor.

step 4

Fill out surveys.

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Participant Voices

Simons Searchlight gives rare patients a unified voice!

Farhad, Parent

Every step we take, every test we do, every survey we fill out....all leads to more information. This data can be studied and processed into real life-changing information.

Rhiannon, Parent



Connect with others on private Facebook groups. Find your genetic community’s webpage and select “Support Resources”.


Check out videos on our video library to hear insights from our geneticists, scientists, and staff.


We have dedicated pages for each genetic condition that we study.


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