15th International Conference of FFC - Third International Symposium of ASFFBC:


Mental, Neurological and other Chronic Disorders:  Bio-markers, Bioactive Compounds, and Functional Foods

May 10-11, 2014, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany


Conference Program 


May 10, 2014

8:30-9:00   Registration 

9:00-9:10   Conference Opening (Dr. Danik M. Martirosyan)

9:10-9:15   Welcome to the Regensburg University (Dr. Klaus W. Lange)

Session 1: Functional Food and Mental Health - Experimental Psychology, University of Regensburg (Session Chair: Dr. Klaus W. Lange)

9:15-9:45  Dr. Klaus W. Lange, MD, PhD, Professor: Chair of Biological, Clinical and Neuropsychology; Head of Experimental Psychology Department; University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany: Dietary factors in the etiology and therapy of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  Chair: Dr. Danik  M. Martirosyan

9:45-10:05 Dr. Ewelina Makulska-GertrudaPhD: University of Regensburg, Germany: Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADHD-related symptoms in animals

10:05-10:25 Dr. Joachim HauserPhD, University of Regensburg, Germany: The effects of dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid deficiency on local discrimination in Wistar rats

10:25-10:40 Katharina M. Lange, and Dr. Ewelina Makulska-Gertruda, PhD; University of Regensburg, Germany: Vitamin D and depression

10:40-10:55 Andreas Reissmann, and Dr. Joachim Hauser, PhD: University of Regensburg, Germany: Gluten-free and casein-free diets in the treatment of autism

10:55-11:15 Coffee Break

Session 2:  Prevention and management of mental and neurological disorders: Complementary and alternative medicine approaches (Session Chair: Dr. Sybille Buchwald-Werner and Dr. Stefan Crynen)

11:15-11:35 Dr. Sybille Buchwald-Werner, PhD: Managing Director, Vital Solutions GmbH, Germany: Lemon balm for mental health: Modulation of muscarinic receptor activity by a proprietary Melisse officinalis extract

11:35-11:55 Dr. Nina Mikirova, PhD, Professor: Riordan Clinic, USA. The orthomolecular correction of metabolic imbalances found in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A retrospective analysis in an outpatient clinic

11:55-12:15 Dr. Stefan Crynen, PhD: The Roskamp Institute, Sarasota, FL, USA. The Brain Reserve Index (BRI) - Quantifying and influencing current risk associated with Alzheimer's disease through lifestyle choices and medical risk management

12:15-12:35 Dr. Mohammed S. Ali-Shtayeh, PhD, Professor: Biodiversity & Environmental Research Center-BERC; Biodiversity & Biotechnology Research Unit, Til, Nablus, Palestine. In-vitro screening of acethylcholinestrase (AChE) inhibitory activity of extracts from Palestinian indigenous flora in relation to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

12:35-13:00 Julius Oben, PhD, Professor: Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon: Neuroprotective activity and Secretase enzyme inhibition of an extract of Baillonella toxisperma  (moab100™)  on  experimentally induced neurotoxicity in rats

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 3: Chronic diseases (cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases): Biomarkers and bioactive foods (Session Chair: Dr. Danik Martirosyan and Dr. Ahmed El Fouhil)

14:00-14:20 Dr. Alessandro Di Cerbo, PhD: Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Policlinico di Modena, Surgery and Surgical Specialties Department; University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy: Functional foods and nutrition: From pets to humans

14:20-14:40 Dr. Chi-Chen Lin, PhD, Professor: National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, Republic of China:  Formulated extract from multiple citrus peels impairs dendritic cell functions and attenuates allergic contact hypersensitivity

14:40-15:00 Dr. Ahmed F. El Fouhil, PhD, MD, Professor: King Saud University, Saudi Arabia: An extract from date seeds stimulates endogenous insulin secretion through extra-islet sources

15:00-15:20 Dr. Abdullah Gibriel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ahram Canadian University, Egypt. Production and evaluation of Jerusalem artichoke containing crackers for the possible treatment of obesity

15:20-15:40 Coffee Break

Session 4: Bioactive compounds, functional and medical foods in the prevention and management of mental and neurological disorders (Session Chair: Dr. Klaus Lange)

15:40-16:00 Yukiko Nakamura, PhD, Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Takayamacho, Ikoma, Nara, Japan. KNApSAcK metabolite activity database is helpful for brain and mental health related studies and services

16:00-16:20 Dr. Torsten Grothe, PhD:  Manager Scientific Affairs, Frutarom Switzerland, Switzerland: Wild green oat extract: an innovative functional food ingredient with cognitive benefits

16:20-16:40 Erfan Younesi, PhD: Department of Bioinformatics, Fraunhofer Institute SCAI, Sankt Augustin, Germany: Evidence-based modeling of mode-of-action for functional ingredients influencing Alzheimer’s disease through neurotrophin pathway

16:40-17:00 Dr. Satya S. Jonnalagadda, PhD: Director of Nutrition, KERRY, Beloit, WI, USA: Milk phospholipids and essential nutrients cognitive system: supporting brain health across the lifespan

17:00-17:20 Dr. Francis C.P. Law, Ph.D. Professor: Simon Fraser University, Canada: 14C-Psilocin tissue distribution in pregnant rats after intravenous administration 

17:20-17:40 Dr. Aleksandra Szybalska, PhD: International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland: Association between depressive symptoms and vitamin D status in aging population in Poland: The PolSenior study

17:40-18:00 Dr. Musalmah Mazlan, PhD, Medical Faculty, UiTM, Selangor, Malaysia: Tocotrienol Rich Fraction Improved Cognitive Impairment in Aged Rats

18:00 Closing

Saturday, May 10th: We are offering a guided tour for all congress participants in the medieval center of Regensburg (meeting at the “Historische Wurstküche” at 7 p.m.). The guided tour will be free. Everyone will pay for dinner (8:30 in a Bavarian restaurant) on Saturday night. Please let us know if you are interested. Reservation should be completed by May 5th. Contact our local organizing committee members Dr. Ivo Kaunzinger (Email: ivo.kaunzinger@ur.de) or Dr. Joachim Hauser (Email: joachim.hauser@ur.de ).


May 11, 2014

Session 5: Functional and medical foods with bioactive compounds for health and disease prevention (Session Chair: Dr. Francesco Marotta)

9:00-9:25 Dr. Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor: ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy: Iron supplementation in young iron-deficient females causes gastrointestinal redox imbalance: Protective effect of a fermented nutraceutical (Chair Dr. Danik Martirosyan)

9:25-9:45 Dr. Shiming Li, PhD, Visiting Research Professor: Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA: Potent anti-Imiquimod-induced psoriasis of formulated citrus peel extract in mice 

9:45-10:05  Lieselotte Veryser, PhD Student: Drug Quality & Registration Group, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium: Are plant n-alkylamides cosmenutriceuticals also active in central nervous system?

10:05-10:25 Dr. David W Lescheid, PhD, ND: Freelance Medical Writer/ Naturopathic Doctor, Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany: Probiotics as regulators of the inflammatory response

10:25-10:45 Dr. Ru Wang, PhD, Professor: School of Kinesiology, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China: The effects of exercise combined with corn-peptide intervention on Th17/Treg balance in liver of high-fat diet induced obese rats

10:45-11:05 Dr. Mahmoud Z. Sitohy, PhD, Professor: Executive Director of UPMU, Zagazig University, Egypt: Bioactive proteins against pathogenic and spoilage bacteria 

11:05-11:25 Coffee Break

Session 6: Legislation on health claims: Health, functional and medical food (Session Chair: Dr. Annegret Auinger and Giorgio Rusconi)

11:25-11:50 Giorgio Rusconi, Lawyer: Mondini Rusconi Legal Firm, Italy: The European legal framework of functional food: The differences in the procedures of authorization in EU countries

11:50-12:15 Dr. Annegret Auinger, PhD: Senior Consultant, Analyze&Realize GmbH, Berlin, Germany: Health Claims on cognitive function - The science behind the legislation

Session 7: Research and development of new functional food products for brain health and for the management of chronic diseases (Session Chair: Dr. Danik Martirosyan)

12:15-12:40 Dr. Jintanaporn Wattanathorn, PhD: Department of Physiology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand: Anacardium occidentale based drink improves working memory, attention and cognitive processing capability of older adults via the increased cholinergic and monoaminergic functions

12:40-13:05 Kelli Herrlinger, R&D Scientist: Kemin Foods, L.C., Des Moines, IA, USA: Spearmint extract containing Rosmarinic acid improves cognitive function in a SAMP8 mouse model of accelerated aging and in men and women with self-reported memory impaiment

13:05-13:30 Dr. Helmut Durchschlag, PhD: Academic Director ret., Institute of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry; Faculty of Biology and Preclinical Medicine, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany. Modification of radiation and ROS effects on biomolecules by bioprotectives

13:30-14:30 Lunch

Session 8: Poster Presentations

14:30-16:00 Poster Presentations

16:00-16:15 Awards

Student awards: (Chair: Klaus Lange). Institute of Psychology, University of Regensburg (Germany) will award two student presentations at $500 for the first place, $200 for the second place.

Clinical, R&D awards: (Chair: Danik Martirosyan) Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds will award to those oral or poster presenters who present the best research in clinical ($400), research & development ($400) presentations and also will award the book “Introduction to Functional Foods Science” to all finalists (which have a value of $229.00).

All prize-winning authors should be able to publish full version of article in the journal of FFHD

16:15-17:15 Panel discussion: Is functional food able to manage mental and neurological disorders?

17:15-17:30 Conference Closing

* Please note that the program is subject to change