As Dr. Kaplan was preparing for her retirement date of 2016, she became increasingly concerned that her junior colleagues around the world who were passionately committed to study Nutrition and Mental Health were having to leave the topic and develop their careers in other areas. The primary reason was that their grant applications to study a broad spectrum of nutrients (in balance, all together, in the manner required by the human brain) were being rejected by funding bodies who told them to study one nutrient at a time — the ‘magic bullet’ approach. She published a paper in 2007 on single-nutrient research published in the previous 100 years, showing how weak the magic bullet approach was, but that did not help her junior colleagues. So in 2015 she approached two community foundations and established (and seeded) two charitable funds to help support their work, as well as some educational work.
For convenience, the US and Canadian dollars are summed as if they were equal, which is never precisely accurate. But combining them, the fundraising has now reached almost $900,000. All of the funds have been distributed -- to studies related to nutrition and mental health that are being carried out in the US, Canada, and New Zealand. There are additional, very important studies that are seeking funds.
For charitable receipts in Canada: click on 'donate to an existing fund’ and then put ‘nutrition and mental health’ in the search field
For charitable receipts in the USA: simply click on 'donate'
A 5-minute video for Canadians about why Dr. Kaplan began the Nutrition & Mental Health Fund at the Calgary Foundation, in her own words.
A 5-minute video for Americans where Dr. Kaplan tells the story of why she began the Nutrition & Mental Health Research Fund at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care.