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 programs.
Combining amounts raised in both CAD and USD (based on current conversion), the fundraising has now reached more than $1 Million CAD total. 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 still seeking funds and that is why, while we have had so much success, fundraising must continue.
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, currently managed by FJC in New York, A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds.