Below is a summary for the MEIS2 gene observed in research publications. This is not meant to take the place of medical advice.

What is MEIS2-related syndrome?

MEIS2-related syndrome happens when there are changes to the MEIS2 gene. These changes can keep the gene from working as it should.

Key Role

The MEIS2 gene plays a key role in the development of the brain and the heart.


Because the MEIS2 gene is important for how the brain and the heart develop, many people who have MEIS2-related syndrome have:

  • Cleft palate, an opening or split in the upper lip or roof of the mouth that occurs before birth
  • Developmental delay
  • Behavior concerns
  • Changes in the heart

Do people who have MEIS2-related syndrome look different?

People who have MEIS2-related syndrome may look different. Appearance can vary and can include these features:

  • Arched eyebrows
  • Broad forehead with a noticeable ridge

Support Resources



GeneReviews are a great resource to bring to your child’s clinicians. These publications provide a summary of current research on genetic conditions and information on ongoing care.

There is currently no GeneReviews for MEIS2.


Research Article Summaries

We currently do not have any article summaries for MEIS2, but we add resources to our website as they become available.

The information available about MEIS2 is limited, and families and doctors share a critical need for more information. As we learn more from children who have this gene change, we expect our list of resources and information to grow.

Full versions of published research articles can be found on PubMed. PubMed is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) online database that is free. It has a collection of both medical and scientific research articles. A PubMed search for MEIS2 articles can be found here.

You can also visit the Simons Foundation’s SFARI Gene website to see information for researchers about this gene.


Research Opportunities

Simons Searchlight

Help the Simons Searchlight team learn more about MEIS2 genetic changes by taking part in our research. You can learn more about the project and sign up here.

External Research Opportunity: FaceMatch

FaceMatch is a platform that helps parents and doctors contribute to an international secure image database of both undiagnosed and diagnosed children across the globe. *This study is not affiliated with Simons Searchlight. Learn more about FaceMatch.


Family Stories

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