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

Click here for our full NBEA Gene Guide

The online Gene Guide includes more information about NBEA-related syndrome such as the chance of having another child with this condition, behavior and development concerns linked to NBEA-related syndrome or specialists to consider for people with this condition. Share this resource with family members or your clinical providers.

What is NBEA-related syndrome?

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

Key Role

The NBEA gene plays a key role in the communication that happens between brain cells.


Because the NBEA gene is important in brain function, many people who have NBEA-related syndrome have:

  • Developmental delay
  • Autism
  • Seizures
  • Small head size

How many people have NBEA-related syndrome?

As of 2019, about 24 people in the world with changes in the NBEA gene had been described in the medical literature. The first case of NBEA-related syndrome was described in 2003. Scientists expect to find more people who have the syndrome as access to genetic testing improves.


Support Resources

  • Simons Searchlight CommunityNBEA Facebook group
  • Geisinger Developmental Brain Disorder Gene Database – NBEA


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 NBEA.


Research Article Summaries

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

The information available about NBEA 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 NBEA 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 NBEA genetic changes by taking part in our research. You can learn more about the project and sign up here.


Family Stories

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