NutraTalk Blog

Nutrition & Mental Health Research Fund Receives $100,000 Donation

Posted on : April 17, 2016 by Hardy Nutritionals® No Comments

Previously, we have brought to your attention information about a Nutrition & Mental Health Research Fund that has been established by Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD, Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. We were also reminded on Giving Tuesday about this special fund. Recently, Dr. Bonnie J. Kaplan, a long time researcher of David Hardy's micronutrient formulations contacted us with some exciting news regarding this research fund on nutrition and mental health.

The anonymous donation was given to jumpstart investment in an area of research thus far neglected by government funding agencies -- the use of broad-spectrum micronutrients for the treatment of mental health symptoms.

Thanks to the commitment of a single anonymous donor, the Nutrition and Mental Health Research Fund at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care now has an additional $100,000 to further our knowledge of how nutrition influences mental health and also to support and cultivate young scientists working on this important topic.

The Nutrition and Mental Health Research Fund was established by Dr. Bonnie Kaplan, PhD in 2015 to support research and education on the ability of broad-spectrum nutrient treatments to reverse and prevent the onset of psychiatric symptoms, an area that has not yet been considered a priority by public funding agencies. A sister fund in Canada at the Calgary Foundation provides a way for Canadian citizens to make tax-deductible donations to the effort.

"We are so grateful for the increasing public interest in the importance of nutrition for mental health. This very generous donation, as well as the many smaller ones that have been arriving in the two funds, will assist scientists in accumulating further evidence in this domain. What this work is leading to is nothing less than a complete transformation in our understanding of the etiology and optimal treatment of mental disorders," said Dr. Kaplan.

Fund grants will target a variety of topics related to nutrition and mental health, such as the following:

    • Evaluation of physiologic changes associated with nutrient-induced symptom improvements.


    • Further studies to demonstrate the clinical potential of nutrition to enable people with mental challenges to recover and lead productive lives.


    • Studies that investigate the ability of nutritional approaches to protect children from a lifelong dependence on psychiatric medications.

The 6-minute video above explains Dr. Kaplan's rationale for establishing the charitable funds.

Thanks for your interest in this field. There are important studies waiting for funding that would make good use of 3-4 more donations of this magnitude, so the search continues.

Best wishes,

Bonnie J. Kaplan, PhD, Professor
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
ACHRI Owerko Centre
The Child Development Centre
3820 - 24 Avenue NW Third Floor
Calgary, AB T3B 2X9
Phone 403-441-8467



Hardy Nutritionals® multivitamin-mineral products are powered by our proprietary NutraTek™ mineral delivery technology, which combines each mineral with specialized organic molecules—just like nature—to optimize absorption and distribution to body cells. Our flagship supplement, Daily Essential Nutrients, is widely considered to be the most research-backed micronutrient treatment.
Hardy Nutritionals is interested in what you think of our articles. We welcome your comments but request that they relate to the article you are commenting on. Comments that do not relate to the article will be marked as SPAM and rejected. Thank you. Hardy Nutritionals.