A new era in research

Expanding Solutions for Immune Behavioral & Neuropsychiatric Disorders

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Welcome to EXPAND

EXPAND is a pan-European patient advocacy organization for children, adolescents and adults with immune-mediated, neuro-psychiatric disorders. These disorders combine neurological and/or immunological problems with psychiatric and/or behavioral symptoms.

The association originated as an informal alliance of European patient advocacy organizations which came together in 2018 to respond with one voice to a medical journal article concerning PANS/PANDAS treatment. In the ensuing months, they continued to discuss their challenges in seeking appropriate treatment and expanding understanding of this devastating disorder.

During the 2019 SANE-Sweden PANS conference, the alliance agreed to formally organize into what became EXPAND, The European Immuno-neuropsychiatric Association.  The association and the EXPAND Foundation were registered in 2020. Initial steps were taken toward achieving our vision, including the recruitment of respected researchers and practitioners to the EXPAND Scientific and Medical Advisory Board (SMAB).

EXPANDing Research and Knowledge

EXPANDing Awareness

EXPANDing Patient Support

EXPANDing Family Support

EXPANDing Resources for Educators

EXPANDing Resources for Physicians

EXPANDing Resources for Mental Health Practitioners

EXPANDing Clinician Networks

EXPANDing Global Partnerships and Collaborations