14th International Conference of FFC - Second International Symposium of ASFFBC:

Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in the Management of Chronic Inflammation: Science and Practical Application

August 20-22, 2013, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA 



Conference Program


August 20, 2013

9:00-9:40 a.m.  Registration for the Conference

9:40-9:50 a.m.  Conference Opening (Dr. Danik M. Martirosyan)

9:50-9:55 a.m.  Announcement about Golden Medal Prize and students awards: (Chair: Dr. Bassem Y. Sheikh)

9:55-10:35 a.m.  Keynote Lecture: Anahid Jewett, PhD, Professor and Director of Tumor Immunology Laboratory, Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, The Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Development and characterization of a combination of probiotic bacteria with superior ability to condition NK cells to induce differentiation of stem cells; role in resolution of inflammation and prevention of disease

10:35-11:05 a.m.  Special Lecture 1: Jason White, PhDThe University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. Resveratrol counteracts the positive effects of Benfotiamine in the mdx mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy

11:05-11:20 a.m.  Coffee Break

Session 1: Functional and Medical Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health (Session Chair: Dr. Garth Nicolson)

11:20-11:50 a.m.  Shann-Tzong Jiang, PhD, Professor, Vice President, Department of Food and Nutrition, Providence University, Salu, Taichung, Taiwan. Removal of anti-nutritional factors and biotransformation of soy bean isoflavones during proteolysis and Lactobacillus fermentation

11:50-12:20 p.m.  Muriel Larauche, PhD, Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen Department of Medicine at UCLA. Enzyme-treated Rice Fiber improves inflammation in murine models of inflammatory bowel disease

12:20-12:50 p.m.  Subra Malarkannan, PhD, Associate Professor , Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Immunotherapy, Blood Research Institute, Milwaukee, WI, USA. Molecular blueprinting for controlling chronic inflammation

12:50-1:20 p.m.  Jinguo Hu, PhD, Research Leader, USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. L-DOPA concentration variation in the leaf and flower tissues of six faba bean lines with common and rare flower colors

1:20-2:30 p.m.  Lunch

Session 2: Functional Food Ingredients and Chronic Diseases (Session Chair: Dr. Robert H. Schiestl)

2:30-3:00 p.m.  Special lecture 2. Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology, Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA.  Lipid replacement therapy: a functional food approach for reducing fatigue and the adverse effects of antimicrobial therapy in fatiguing illnesses and Chronic Lyme Disease

3:00-3:30 p.m.  Robert H. Schiestl, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Environmental Health and Radiation Oncology, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA. N-acetyl cystein and the novel anticancer agent Yel002 prolong life of Atm deficient mice and extend the latency of lymphoma

3:30-3:55 p.m.  Changge Fang, PhD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Personalized Diagnostics, LLC, Alexandria, VA USA.  A Novel phenotypic fluorescent 3D co-culture platform: model of choice for angiogenesis study

3:55-4:15 p.m.  Yan-gao Man, PhD, Bon Secours Cancer Institute, Richmond, VA, USA and South Hospital of Nanjing, Nanjing, China. Focal chronic inflammation among normal, benign, and malignant colorectal tissues: Implications for cancer development and progression

4:15-4:30 p.m.  Coffee Break

4:30-4:50 p.m.  Nicholas Cacalano, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, UCLA. The C-X-C chemokines CXCL1 and CXCL2 promote chronic inflammation, tumor aggressiveness and radiation resistance in pancreatic cancer

4:50-5:10 p.m.  Han-Ching Helen Tseng, PhD, Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, The Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA School of Dentistry, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Dual functions of NK in Stem Cell Selection and Differentiation and resolution of chronic inflammation

5:10-5:30 p.m.  Avina Paranjpe, PhD, Assistant Professor, Diplomate, American Board of Endodontics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. N-acetyl cysteine prevents HEMA mediated apoptosis in Dental Pulp Stem Cells

5:30 p.m.  Closing

7:00 p.m.  Move to the Banquet Place

7:30-8:00 p.m.  Registration for Banquet

8:00-10:00 p.m.  Banquet (Banquet Room) and Organizing Committee Member's Meeting

August 21, 2013

9:00-9:35  Keynote Lecture: Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD, Professor, Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Co-Director, JCCC Tumor Immunology Program Area, Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA. Translational Science and the Microbiome

Session 3: Functional and Medical Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases: Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes, CVD, and other Chronic Diseases (Session Chair: Dr. Yvette Taché)

9:35-10:00 a.m.  Special lecture 3. Julius E. Oben, PhD, Professor, Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon. Anthropometric, lipomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of the aqueous extract of a Cameroonian spice (Dichrostachys glomerata) in obese patients with metabolic syndrome

10:00-10:25 a.m.  Joan McIntyre Caron, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, MC-3505, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA. The anti-inflammatory molecule, methyl sulfone, reverses the metastatic phenotypes of melanoma and breast cancer

10:25-10:50 a.m.  Ailin Tao, PhD, Professor, Guangzhou Municipal Key Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, China. IgE-independent Food Allergy Diagnosed by in vitro Whole Blood Challenge Assays

10:50-11:05 a.m.  Coffee Break

11:05-11:35 a.m.  Shiming Li, PhD, Professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, and Michiko Suzawa, Director of Miyauchi Citrus Research Center, Ltd., Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Japan. Anti-cancer activity of polymethoxyflavones and their combination with citrus flavonoids

11:35-11:55 a.m.  Keryn Woodman, PhD student, and Jason White, PhD, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. Benfotiamine alleviates dystrophic pathology in the mdx mouse

Session 4: MABL EAJAZ chair - Functional and medical foods in the management of chronic inflammation and chronic disease (Session Chair: Dr. Bassem Y. Sheikh)

11:55- 12:30 p.m.  Bassem Y. Sheikh, PhD, Professor, Director, MABL EAJAZ  chair for Scientific Miracles of Prophetic Medicine,  Director, Center of Innovation and Creativity, College of Medicine, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia. Antioxidant and Tissue-Protective Studies on Ajwa Extract: Dates from Al Madinah Al-Monwarah, Saudia Arabia (Chair: Dr.Danik M. Martirosyan)

12:30-12:50 p.m.  Ahmad M. Gumel, PhD, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Synergistic Effects Of Nigella Sativa Oil Against Apoptotic Bcl-2 And Neuron Specific Enolase (Nse-2) In Oxidative Stressed Brain

12:50-1:10 p.m.  Daleya Abdulaziz Bardi, PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Investigation of The Antioxidant, Anticancer Activities of Cymbopogon Schoenanthus

1:10-1:30 p.m.  Mohammed Farouq Halabi, PhD Student, Department of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Rule of Cymbopogon schoenanthus in Diabetic and Inhibition of Glycogen Phosphorylase

1:30-2:30 p.m.  Lunch

Session 5: Bioactive compounds and foods in prevention of chronic inflammation; Role in tissue regeneration and disease prevention (Session Chair: Dr. Ichiro Nishimura)

2:30-3:05 p.m.  Special Lecture 5: Hisham Ibrahim, PhD, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan. Novel Biopeptides from Lysozyme with Therapeutic Potential for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases

3:05-3:30 p.m.  Ichiro Nishimura, Professor, Director, The Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Vitamin D, a functional food for dental implant and biological clock 

3:30-3:55 p.m.  Tomohisa Hattori, PhD, Nagasaki University School of medicine, Ibaraki, Japan. The use of herbal medicine Rikkunshito in gastrointestinal related disorders

3:55-4:20 p.m.  Kirsten Tillisch, MD, Associate Professor, Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Probiotic effects on brain-gut communication

4:20-4:35 p.m.  Coffee Break

4:35-4:55 p.m.  Eric C. Sung, DDS, Professor of Clinical Dentistry. Division of Advanced Prosthodontics. The Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA School of Dentistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. N-acetyl cysteine prevents toxicity of chair-side and over the counter bleaching agents without affecting their aesthetic appeal

4:55-5:15 a.m.  Mark McAfee, Founder and CEO, Founder Chairman, Raw Milk Institute, Fresno, CA, USA. The Great California Raw Milk Experiment

5:15-5:30 p.m.  Milan Fiala, MD, Professor, Department of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California, USA. Omega-3 fatty acids improve clearance of amyloid-beta by macrophages of  patients with alzheimer disease

5:30 p.m.  Closing

August 22, 2013

Session 6: Research and Development of Functional and Medical Food Products (Session Chair: Dr. Danik M. Martirosyan)

9:00-9:30 a.m.  Young Chul Kim, PhD, Professor of Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. A novel mechanism involved in the enhancement of hepatic glutathione synthesis by silymarin and its pharmacological significance

9:30-9:55 a.m.  Edwin D. Lephart, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology/Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA.  Resveratrol and resveratrol analogs (butyrate and isobutyrate): human skin gene expression analysis

9:55-10:20 a.m.  Shiyi Ou, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. Preparation of feruloylated oligosaccharide and its antioxidant, and probiotic activity

10:20-10:35 a.m.  Coffee Break

10:35-11:00 a.m. Ravinder Abrol, PhD, Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Emerging role of bitter taste receptors in curing type 2 diabetes

11:00-11:20 a.m.  Shui Yin Lo, PhD, Quantum Health Research Institute, American University of Complementary Medicine, Beverly Hills, CA, USA.  Stable water clusters and health


Session 7: Poster Presentations

11:20-12:45 p.m.  Poster Presentations

12:45: 1:15 p.m.  Awards:

Runner-up recognition: (Chair: Dr. Danik Martirosyan). Runner-up recognitaion to those oral or poster presenters who present the best research in pre-clinical, clinical and research and development preentations.

Student awards: (Chair: Dr.Anahid Jewett). Cure Cancer Now Foundation will award three student presentations at $1000 for first place, $600 for second place and $400 for third place.

Golden Medal Prize: (Chair: Dr. Bassem Y. Sheikh) MABL Chair will provide the Golden Medal prize ($10,000) for the best research contribution to the conference. The prize is awarded annually to the best researcher with appreciated knowledge added to the field of natural products (functional foods product with natural ingredients).

1:15-1:30 p.m.  Conference Closing