B12 Institute Rotterdam General Director Ms Plattel:

‘A lot has been written on B12 and folate deficiency. Further studies are required to optimize B12 and folate deficiency diagnostics and treatment and map the “Black Holes” (so called by Prof. Ebba Nexø during the opening of the Homocysteine Conference in Aarhus, Denmark, 2017). 

That is why we will not wait for our research to be funded but we will initiate them in our free time. This was in fact one of the aims for my team and I to set up this center: apply diagnostics and treatment based on the most recent academic research results and conduct studies ourselves.

For that reason I have invested many years on establishing a solid network of international academic top researchers focusing on B12 and folate metabolism. Their knowledge is essential and of major importance for the diagnosis and treatment in our practice, enabling us to use up-to-date expertise and give our patients the best possible care.

Conversely, the practical expertise and experience gained at B12 Institute is essential for researchers all over the world. During the FASEB Conference (Folic Acifirst findings on women with B12 deficiency this resulted in a productive exchange of information. The research is still in progress.

We are happy to share our findings during presentations in hospitals and HAPs.

The main goal of the B12 Institute Research Foundation: optimization of B12 and folate deficiency diagnostics and treatment.

The goal is achieved by:

  • Conducting research with the highest possible clinical relevance
  • Cooperating with nationally and internationally renowned researchers
  • Exchanging data and clinical examples
  • Applying the most available evidence
  • Sharing information
  • Asking relevant patient organizations for input with regard to the research agenda
  • Recognizing deficiencies in the context of the entire metabolism (including co-factors and micronutrients.
  • Recognizing deficiencies in the context of environmental factors, in other words looking at the person as a whole.

We try to:

  • Distinguish between sense and nonsense
  • Prevent over- and underdiagnosis
  • Prevent over- and undertreatment