Conference Program

Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases:  Diabetes and Related Diseases 

December 4-5, 2009

Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, USA  



8:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday, December 4, 2009


8:00-8:30 am

Conference Registration and Announcement about a New Open Access Magazine Functional Foods in Health and Diseases.


8:30-8:35 am

 Conference Opening

Dr. Danik Martirosyan, Functional Food Center Inc., USA; and Dr. Chandan Prasad, TWU, USA

8:35 - 8:45 am

Welcome to Texas Women's University

Prof. Jimmy Ishee, PhD
Dean College of Health Sciences,
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX, USA 

8:45 am-9:25 am

Functional Foods: Definition and the Steps Necessary in Developing a Successful Functional Food Product

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Chairmen of Conference, Founder of Functional Food Center Inc., Richardson, TX, USA

9:25 - 12 pm

Session 1: Functional Foods and  Diabetes

Session Chair: Dr. Chandan Prasad, TWU, USA

9:25-10:15 am

Metabolic and Genetic Determinants of Insulin Resistance

Invited Keynote Speaker: Nicola Abate, MD, Professor and Chief Division of Endocrinology, The University of Texas Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

10:15-10:25 am



10:25-11:05 am

The Epidemiology and Modern Mechanisms of Diabetes

Undurti N. Das, MD, President of UND Life Sciences, Editor-in-Chief of Lipids in Health and Disease, Shaker Heights, OH, USA

11:05 am-11:45 pm

Systemic Inflammation in Diabetes: Why and How to Manage

Joel Faintuch, MD, PhD, Nino Behar, Hermes V. Barbeiro, Denise F Barbeiro, Ivan Cecconello, São Paulo University Medical School, Sao Paulo, Brazil

11:45-12:45 pm



12:45-4:15 pm

Session 2: Functional Food Products for the Management of Diabetes (Clinical investigations)

Session Chair: Nilanjana Maulik, PhD

12:45-1:25 pm

Treating Insulin Resistance and Related Metabolic Features in Aruba: Results of the 2009 EPB Clinical Study

Carlos Manuel Viana, CCN, OMD; and Ernesto Rodríguez, MD, Viana Healing Center – a BioMed Age- management facility, Aruba, Dutch West Indies

1:25- 2:05 pm

Cow Milk as a Prospective Functional Food Product for the Type 2 Diabetes

Kocic Gordana, MD, PhD, Professor, Medical Faculty of Nis University, Nis, Serbia

2:05-2:45 pm

Adverse effects of carbonated drinks on functional foods used in the management of diabetes related complications in Cameroon

Dr. Julius Oben, Professor, Research Director LNNB. University of Yaunde, Yaunde, Cameroon

2:45-2:55 pm



2:55-3:35 pm

Multiparity and High Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome Using the International Diabetes Federation Criteria in Omani Arab Women of "Oman Family Study"

M.O. Hassan, MD, PhD, FRCP

Department of  Physiology, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

3:35-4:15 pm

Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods and Type 2 Diabetes

Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, USA

4:15-4:35 pm

Diabetes Mellitus: a Multi Systems   Syndrome

 Sharon Rabb, PhD, Clinical Nutritionist,

  Alternative Healing, Dallas, TX, USA

4:35-5:30 pm

Posters Presentation Session and Workshop


8:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday, December 5, 2009


8:30 am-12:00 pm.

Session 3: Herbs and Nutraceuticals as a Source of Functional Foods Ingredients for the Management of Diabetes

Session Chair: Jiwan Prava Lama

8:00-9:00 am

Herbs and Other Dietary Supplements with Potential Use in Managing Type 2 Diabetes


Keynote Speaker: Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director, Editor, HerbalGram & HerbClip, American Botanical Council, Austin, TX, USA 


9:00-9:40 am

Effectiveness of Fresh Garlic in Cardiovascular Diseases and Diabetes

Dipak K. Das. PhD, MD(hon), Professor & Director of Cardiovascular Research Center, President of International Society of Adaptive Medicine, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, USA

9:40-10:20 am

Resveratrol: Expanding Roles in Diabetic Myocardium

Nilanjana Maulik, Ph.D, FAHA, FACN, FICA, Professor, University of Connecticut Medical Center, Director of Health Research, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences, Farmington, Connecticut, USA

10:20-10:30 am



10:30-11:10 am

The Phytopharmacology of Functional Foods and Phytomedicines in the Prevention and Treatment of Type II Diabetes

Cedric Baker, Doctor of Pharmacy, Registered Pharmacist, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Mercer University, Atlanta, GA, USA

11:10-11:50 pm

Functional and Ayurvedic Drink of Nepalese Indigenous Bael Fruit

Jiwan Prava Lama, Director General, Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, Babarmahal, Kathmandu, Nepal

11:50-12:45 pm



12:45-2:30 pm

Session 4: Bioactive Compounds from Fruits and Vegetables for Diabetes

Session Chair: Christine D. Wu, PhD

12:45-1:25 pm

Inorganic Nitrite and Nitrate are Bioactive Food Components Conferring Nitric Oxide Activity in Vivo

Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Professor of Molecular Medicine, Center for Cell Signaling, Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine, The University of Texas - Houston Health Science Center, Houston, TX, USA

1:25-2:00 pm

Green Tea and Berry Flavonoids in Metabolic Syndrome

Arpita Basu, PhD, RD, Nutritional Sciences Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University: College of Human Environmental Sciences. Stillwater, OK, USA

2:00-2:20 pm

The Effects of Tocopherols on Mouse Models of Metabolic Syndrome and Insulin Resistance.

Sinju Sundaresan, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, USA

2:20-2:30 pm



2:30-4:30 pm



Session 5. Functional Foods for Diabetes and Related Chronic Diseases.

Session Chair: Gordana Kocic, MD, PhD

2:30-3:10 pm

Functional Foods: From Oral Health Promotion to Chronic Diseases Prevention

Christine D. Wu, PhD, Professor and Director of Cariology Research, Department of Pediatric dentistry, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

3:10-3:50 pm

Nutrition Education for Diabetes Control

Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Associate Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

3:50-4:30 pm

Treating Insulin  Resistance through Addiction Treatment: A Need to Further Investigate Dysfunction of the D2 Dopamine Receptors

Carlos Manuel Viana (Alfaro), Medical Director, Viana Healing Center, Aruba, Dutch West Indies

 4:30-4:40 pm


4:40-5:00 pm

Unilever as a Forerunner in the Research and Development of Healthy, Functional Foods.

Patrick Lesueur, Director of Research and Development Center at Unilever, Nutrition Research. Unilever, AC Vlaardingen,  Netherlands    

5:00-5:30 pm


Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Chairmen of Conference, Founder of Functional Food Center Inc., Richardson, TX, USA