Curious and connecting
In search of a better diagnosis and treatment of B12 deficiency, Clara Plattel has been building an (inter) national network of specialists, clinical chemists and nutritional scientists with years of experience in university research in the same field since 2013. At international scientific conferences, on topics such as “1C metabolism” and “Methylation & transsulferation pathway”, she is expanding her network, which has resulted in collaborations and knowledge exchange at an international level.
To integrate research results from clinical chemistry and clinical practical experience, she founded the B12 Institute at the end of 2016. This institute positions itself as an (international) center of expertise for diagnosis and treatment of B12 (and Folate) deficiency and can now boast extensive experience in the treatment of 1,700 patients, including 400 children.
B12 Institute Research Foundation
At the end of 2019, Plattel took the initiative to establish the B12 Institute Research Foundation, with which research into the causes and consequences of B12 deficiency can be intensified, with the main goal of developing adequate guidelines and a “patient-centered treatment”.
Optimization of patient care
Plattel’s secondary goal is to optimize patient care: to take more time for patients, to provide proper monitoring and follow-up, and to see people as a whole. In this way, the B12 Institute team is working to speed up the recovery process.