Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD, is currently semi-retired, and is a Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She first joined the faculty in the Department of Paediatrics; later she held a secondary appointment in the Department of Community Health Sciences. During her 40-year scientific career, she has published widely on the biological basis of developmental disorders and mental health – particularly focusing on the contribution of nutrition to brain development and brain function.
Originally from the U.S. (Ohio), she did all her training there (Butler University, University of Chicago, Brandeis University), including her postdoctoral training (West Haven, Connecticut, Veterans Administration Hospital’s Neuropsychology Laboratory) and then a research faculty appointment in the Department of Neurology at Yale University. She moved to Canada in 1979, to the Alberta Children’s Hospital and the University of Calgary, and has now been a Canadian for more than half her life.
Awarded the Dr. Rogers Prize, September 2019
Awarded Citation of Honour, basis on nomination for Calgary 7 over 70 Award, September 2019
In 2017 she was named one of the top 150 ‘Difference Makers’ in Canada for the area of Mental Health.
Team Lead, 5-year Interdisciplinary Team Grant awarded in 2008 by Alberta government, which led to the Alberta Pregnancy Outcomes and Nutrition (APrON) cohort (see ApronStudy.ca)
Invited guest editor, Nutrition and children’s cognition: Research methods and findings. European Journal of Nutrition, 2008
Visiting Erskine Fellowship, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ March-April 2003
Principal Investigator, Alberta Mental Health, 5-year Mental Health Research Unit Award 1992-1997
Alberta Emerald Environmental Award for Corporate or Institutional Leadership, 1993