9th International Conference

Functional Food Components in Health and Disease

August 16-18, 2011,  University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA



Conference Program


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


8:00-9:00 am

Conference Registration


9:00-9:10 am

Conference Opening

Conference Chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder of Functional Food Center, Associate Clinical Professor, Texas Woman's University, USA 

9:10-9:20 am

Welcome to the University of San Diego (USD)

Kathy James, DNSc NP, Associate Professor of Nursing 


Session 1:  Functional Food Components: Source and Potential Benefits in Health and Disease

Session Chair: Garth L. Nicolson, PhD 

9:20-10:00 am

Lipid replacement therapy functional food formulation with NTFactor for reducing weight, girth, body mass and appetite

Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Professor (Keynote speaker), Department of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, Huntington Beach, CA, USA

10:00-10:30 am

Mesolimbic Hypodopaminergic Function a Potential Nutrigenomic Therapeutic Target For Drug and Food Craving and Relapse

Kenneth Blum, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA

10:30-10:40 am



10:40-11:05 am

Lycium barbarum, Fiber and Functional Food-containing Weight Management System: randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind human clinical study

Harunobu Amagase, PhD, FreeLife International, Phoenix, AZ, USA

11:05-11:30 am

Expression and Biochemical Characterization of Two New Feruloyl Esterases Derived from Metagenome

Matam Chandrasekharaiah, PhD, National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Adugodi, Bangalore, India

11:30-12:00 pm

The Roles of Essential Fatty Acids and Alpha-Tocopherol in the Delivery of Carotenoids in Humans.

Le Thuy Vuong, PhD, President, Fishrock Laboratory, CA, US

12:00-1:00 pm



1:00-1:30 pm Agave Fructans: State of the Art Mercedes G. López. PhD, Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
1:30-2:00 Effects of chocolate consumption on stress and memory variables in a sample of university students Gulcin Sagdicoglu Celep, PhD, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Division of Food and Nutrition Technology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

2:00-2:30 pm

In Vitro Antibacterial Activities and Murine Studies of Novel Quercetin Derivatives

Abugafar M. L. Hossion, PhD, Department of Medical and Bioengineering Sciences, Okayama University, Kita-Ku, Okayama, Japan

2:30-2:40 pm Refreshments

Session 2A: Functional Food Components and Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer and Obesity)

Session Chair: Pamela A. Maher, PhD

2:40 -3:10

Health Promotion by beta-Cryptoxanthin

Hoyoku Nishino, MD, PhD, Professor, Ritsumeikan University and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine,  Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan 

3:10-3:30 pm

Hypoglycemic Efficacy of Guava Leaf Extract in Vivo

Henry J Tsai, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan

3:30-4:00 pm

Human Milk Sugar LNFPIII is Anti-inflammatory and Protects Against Type 1 Diabetes

Donald Harn, PhD, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

4:00-4:30 pm

Fisetin Lowers Methylglyoxal Dependent Protein Glycation and Limits the Complications of Diabetes

Pamela A. Maher, PhD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA

4:20-4:30 pm







Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Session 2B: Functional Food Components and Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer and Obesity)

Session Chair: Alexander B. Niculescu, III, MD, PhD

9:00-9:30 am

Bacupari (Rheedia brasiliensis) Pericarp: Protective Agent Against DNA Damage and Antioxidant Activity in Mice

Luciano Bruno de Carvalho Silva, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Nutrition, Federal University of Alfenas, Alfenas, Brazil

9:30-10:00 am

Effect of a Peptide Fraction from Germinated Soy Protein on mRNA Expression of PTTG1 and TOP2A Genes

Rosalva Mora-Escobedo, PhD, Professor, Departamento de Graduados en Alimentos, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, IPN, México

10:00-10:30 am

Curcumin and EGCG Induce Apoptosis in B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Patients and their PBMCs of Egyptian Population

Ahmad Bassiouny, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

10:30-10:45 am


10:45-11:15 am

Vitamin D Deficiency in India

Puthepurakkal K.Sasidharan, Professor and Head, Department of Medicine, Calicut Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

11:15-11:50 Management of Post Menopausal Syndrome with Herbal Kehwa: a Pilot Study Munshi Younis, MD, Assistant Director, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir, India

11:50-1:00 am






Session 3: Functional Food Components and other Diseases

Session Chair:  Jagat R Kanwar, PhD

1:00 -1:45 pm

Vitamin D3 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve the Immune System of  Patients with Alzheimer Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Milan Fiala, MD, Professor (Keynote speaker), Deapartment of Medicine, Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 

1:45-2:15 pm

Nanodelivery for Colon Cancer and Improved Detection via Microfluidics-Based Devices

Jagat R Kanwar, PhD, Laboratory of Immunology and Molecular Biology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

2:15-2:45 pm

Convergent Functional Genomic Studies of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Stress Reactivity, Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism

Alexander B. Niculescu, III, MD, PhD,
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA

2:45-3:00 pm Refreshments

3:00-3:30 pm

Anti-Toxoplasma gondii Activity of Root Extracts/Fraction of Eurycoma longifolia Jack in vitro

Sreenivasan Sasidharan, PhD, Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

3:30-4:00 pm

A Formulation of Organic Olive Oils (FOOs) Shows Potent Antiatherogenic and Anti-inflammatory Effects in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Vicente G. Villarrubia, MD, PhD, Department of Immunology, Bioaveda, Jaén, Spain

4:00-4:30 pm

Size Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on Various Trace Elements in Blood and Tissues of Rats.

Mohamed Anwar K Abdelhalim, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

4:30 pm



Thursday, August 18, 2011


Session 4: Development of Functional Food Products

Session Chair: Danik M. Martirosyan

9:00-9:20 am


Maltodextrin enriched low-fat ice cream as Health Food

Vasant Pawar, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhnai, India

9:20-9:40 am

Uptake and Translocation of Heavy Metals by Medicinal Plants

Oluwole Oluwoyo JO, PhD, Department of Biology, University of Limpopo, Medunsa, Pretoria, South Africa

9:40-10:00 am

Optimization of Microwave-assisted Extraction of Phenolics from Potato and its Downstream Waste using Orthogonal Array Design.

Tao Wu, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

10:00-10:20 am Modification of ferulic acid by laccase from Trametes pubescens. Oluyemisi E Adelakun,  Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Research group, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
10:20-10:40 am Pomegranate Sprouts: a Natural Complex of Punicic (conjugated linolenic) Acid, Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidants with Hipolipidemic Potential Victor Rodov, PhD, Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce, Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences, Bet Dagan, Israel

10:40-10:50 am



10:50-12:15 pm

Session 5: Posters Presentation Session and Workshop


12:15-12:30 pm

Conference Closing


  1. Effects of chocolate consumption on stress and memory variables in a sample of university students. A.G. Sagd?coglu Celep1, I.P. Ulu2, A. Aga3. 1 Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Division of Food and Nutrition Technology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. 2 Middle East Technical University, Health and Counseling Center, Ankara, Turkey. 3Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey