Food for the Brain is a not-for-profit charity devoted to promoting awareness of the links between learning, behaviour, mental health and nutrition and to lead systems-based research into this link. To educate children, parents teachers, universities, the public, health professionals, caterers and the government about the powers of optimum nutrition in improving our mental health.
We do not receive any public funding for our work – our vital and cutting edge schools and research projects are only possible thanks to the generous support of our Friends, donors and corporate partners. We have to raise every penny that funds our work to ensure that as many people as possible can access information to make informed decisions to improve the health of themselves and their loved ones.
Where your money goes
£50 would cover the cost of including one more patient in our schizophrenia research project.
£250 would enable 5 patients to benefit from inclusion in one of our research projects.
£5000 would cover one tenth of one of our research projects.
£50,000 would enable us to run a 3 year MSc research project. We are currently raising funds for our research project - managing schizophrenia through optimum nutrition which is in process, then depression to start in 2013, followed by ADHD, autism or dementia/Alzheimer's.
£70,000 would allow us to deliver our future planned research projects into all of the above areas.
Our current projects
1. Schizophrenia Research Project (Needs a further £40,000)
Schizophrenia is a severe and debilitating mental illness affecting one in a hundred people in Britain, usually starting in adolescence. It causes immense suffering to both the person afflicted and also to the people around them. At the Brain Bio Centre certain biochemical imbalances have been observed in Schizophrenic patients, and they have had observational successes by using nutritional interventions.
This project aims to secure further evidence for this 'optimum nutrition' approach by funding an MSc studentship to conduct a comprehensive review of the existing scientific literature, developing a treatment protocol and testing its efficacy in an open label study. The results of this could have wide implications for many schizophrenics. For more information click here.
2. Alzheimer's Research Project (Needs a further £10,000)
Food for the Brain hopes to support a study on Alzheimer's, another debilitating disease that could affect one in three of us by the time we are in our 70s and costs the NHS billions of pounds a year to support sufferers and their families. There is some emerging scientific evidence to suggest that it could be a preventable condition, provided the right diagnosis and interventions are made before any signs of dementia show. We hope to show that an 'optimum nutrition' approach can be effective.
Future research projects (Needs £20,000 per annum)
Similar to the Schizophrenia project Food for the Brain aims to fund MSc studentships to conduct comprehensive reviews of the existing scientific literature for the major mental health conditions, develop a treatment protocol and test its efficacy in an open label study at the Brain Bio Centre.
All monies raised goes towards running these projects and any donation is gratefully received.