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Metabolic Psychiatry

Metabolic interventions have the potential to radically transform our understanding and treatment of mental health conditions. We seek to build the evidence base for existing and emerging ketogenic and other metabolic interventions for those suffering from neuropsychiatric disorders. We fund high quality research with the goal of rapidly translating results into therapies delivered at scale.

Matt Baszucki shares how a keto diet helped him: ‘It’s all worth it’

Three years after starting a keto diet with the help of Dr. Chris Palmer, Matt Baszucki no longer has symptoms of bipolar disorder.

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We invest in mechanistic clinical trials and innovative science focused on adapting evidence-based metabolic interventions to bipolar disorder, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, major depression and anorexia nervosa.

Dr. Chiye Aoki New York University Investigate the ameliorative properties of ketogenic diet upon anorexia nervosa using the activity-based anorexia (ABA) mouse model Read more
Dr. Harry Campbell, Dr. Iain Campbell and Dr. Daniel Smith University of Edinburgh Phase 2 Clinical Trial and Mechanistic Study of Ketogenic Diet in Bipolar Disorder Read more
Dr. Virginie-Anne Chouinard McLean Hospital A randomized controlled clinical trial of the ketogenic diet for brain energy metabolism and psychiatric symptoms in first episode bipolar disorder Read more
Dr. Dominic D’Agostino University of South Florida Improving Cognitive-Behavioral and Cardio-Metabolic Health with Continuous Glucose Monitoring Read more
Dr. Judith Ford University of California, San Francisco Can Neural Network Instability in Schizophrenia be Improved with a Very Low Carbohydrate Ketogenic Diet? Read more
Dr. Guido Frank University of California, San Diego Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet in Anorexia Nervosa Read more
Dr. Lilianne Mujica-Parodi Stony Brook University Use of ketosis in modulating metabolic pathways in bipolar disorder Read more
Dr. Mary Phillips University of Pittsburgh Examining Neurobiological Mechanisms Underlying the Therapeutic Effect of the Ketogenic Diet in Bipolar Disorder Read more
Dr. Zoltan Sarnyai and Dr. Carlo Longhitano James Cook University, Australia Pilot Trial of Ketogenic Diet in Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia Read more
Dr. Shebani Sethi Stanford University Impact of a Ketogenic Diet on Metabolic and Psychiatric Health in Patients With Schizophrenia or Bipolar Illness Read more
Dr. Jeff Volek The Ohio State University Ketogenic Intervention in Depression (KIND) Study in a college population Read more
Attendees at the Inaugural Metabolic Psychiatry Meeting in 2022


Baszucki Group hosted a Metabolic Psychiatry Meeting in May 2022 to begin building a movement focused on metabolic psychiatry. Fifty stakeholders gathered to share information and define the rapidly emerging new field. It became clear in the months following the meeting that an advocacy effort was critically needed to amplify research, clinical experience, and life stories. Baszucki Group launched Metabolic Mind, a nonprofit initiative to fill that gap.


Hear David Baszucki and Jan Ellison Baszucki share their family’s story at the first Metabolic Psychiatry Roadmap Retreat.

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