7th International Conference

 "Functional Foods in the Prevention and Management of Metabolic Syndrome"

December 3-4 , 2010,  Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX, USA

Location: Hughes-Trigg Student Center - Hughes Trigg Ballroom West (first floor),

3140 Dyer, Dallas TX 75275-0211, phone: 214-768-4440 / 214-768-4380

Conference Program



Friday, December 3, 2010


8:00-9:00 am

Conference Registration


9:00-9:10 am

 Conference Opening

Conference Chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD,  Founder, Functional Food Center, Aso. Clinical Professor , Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, USA

Co-Chairman: Nicola Abate, MD, Distinguished Professor, MD, The University of  of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

Co-Chairman: William C. Orr, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, SMU, Dallas, TX, USA

9:10-9:20 am

Welcome to Southern Methodist University (SMU)

James E. Quick, PhD, Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, SMU, Dallas, TX, USA


Session 1: Definition, Components and Clinical Studies of Metabolic Syndrome  

Session Chair: Manisha Chandalia, MD, USA 

9:20-9:50 am


Definition of the Metabolic Syndrome

Manisha Chandalia, MDDirector, Stark Diabetes Center Endocrinology and Metabolism, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA  


Clinical Benefits of a Phytochemical-Enriched Medical Food on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Women with Metabolic Syndrome

Robert H Lerman, MD, PhD, Director,  Functional Medicine Research Center, Metagenics, Inc., Gig Harbor, WA, USA

10:20-10:45 am

Monitoring Premature Infants: Nutritional and Metabolic Indicators



Rebeca Monroy-Torres, PhD, Professor, Medicine and Nutrition Department, Division of Health Sciences, Campus Leon, University of Guanajuato, Mexico

10:45-10:55 am



10:55-11:25 am

Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: What do we Really Know?

Anand Prasad, MD, University of California San Diego, USA


11:25-11:40 am

Association of Plasma Cysteine and Homocysteine Concentrations with Insulin Resistance in Low Socio-Economic Pregnant Women

Sujatha Pitla, PhD, Lipid Chemistry Division, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

11:40-12:15 am

Walking Tour of the SMU Campus

12:15-1:00 pm





Session 2: Functional and Medical Foods for the Prevention and Management of Metabolic Syndrome

Session Chair: Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Professor, USA

1:00--1:30 pm

Unique Combination of Beet Root and Hawthorn Berry Promotes Nitric Oxide Production and Reduces Triglycerides in Humans

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

1:30-1:55 pm

“Siddha” Herbs for Diabetes

Jayaraman Raamachandran, PhD, Murugan Siddha Marunthakam, India

1:55-2:10 pm

Effects of Korean Pears, Pyrus pyrifolia cv. Shingo, on Alcohol Detoxification. 

Mihi Yang, PhD, College of Pharmacy, Sookmyung Women’s University, Seoul, Republic of Korea

2:10-2.40 pm

Effect of Deuterium Oxide (D2O) Content of Drinking Water on Glucose Metabolism in STZ-induced Diabetic Rats

Miklós Molnár, MD, PhD, Professor, Semmelweis University Budapest, Institute of Pathophysiology, Hungary

2:40-2:50 pm



2:50- 3:20 pm

Adipose Tissue Dysfunction and the Metabolic Syndrome

Nicola Abate, MD, The University of Texas Medical Branch,  Galveston,  TX,  USA

3:20 -3:50 pm

Regulation of Insulin Sensitivity by Herbs and Dietary Fibers

Jianping Ye, Professor, MD, Antioxidant and Gene Regulation Lab, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

3:50 – 4:20 pm

A Combination of L-Arabinose and Chromium Lowers Circulating Glucose and Insulin Levels After an Acute Oral Sucrose Challenge: a Human Clinical Trial

Kaats R. Gillbert, PhD, President of Integrative Health Technologies, Inc., San Antonio, TX, USA

4:20-4:35 pm

Modeling Type-II Diabetes in Drosophila melanogaster


Johannes Bauer, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

4:35-4:50 pm

Irvingia Gabonensis and Metabolic Syndrome: Two Years After Baton Rouge

Julius Oben, PhD, Professor, Head of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry Laboratory. University of Yaoundé, Yaoundé, Cameroon

4:50 pm







Saturday, December 4, 2010



Session 3: Experimental Studies of Functional Foods and Metabolic Syndrome

Session Chair: Nicola Abate, MD, Professor, USA

9:00-9:25 am

Cinnamon Extract Inhibits the Overproduction of the Postprandial Apolipoprotein B48-containing Lipoproteins: Evidence from ex Vivo and in Vivo Studies

Bolin Qin, PhD, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, ARS, US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, USA.

9:25-9:40 am

Tea Polyphenols are Inhibitors of Energy Transducing Enzymes

Steven B. Vik, PhD, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX, USA

9:40-9:55 am

Inhibition of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme in vitro by Apple Skin Extract, Selected Flavonoids and their Metabolites

Nileeka Balasuriya and Vasantha Rupasinghe, PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Canada

9:55-10:20 am

Animal Models of Metabolic Syndrome

Vijayagopal Parakat, PhD, and Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor, Nutrition and Food Science Department, TWU, Denton, TX, USA

10:20-10:30 am



10:30-10:55 am

A Pilot Study on Treatment Effect of Tomato Lycopene and Soy Isoflavones on Insulin Resistance

Wentong Pan, MD, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

10:55-11:10 am

Study on The Hepatoprotective Effect of Pleurotus Florida (Oyster Mushroom) Against Paracetamol Induced Liver Damage in Wistar Albino Rats

Nayma Sultana, PhD, Assistant Professor at Salimullah Medical College, Mitford, Dhaka, Bangladesh

11:10-11:25 am

Engineering Flies for Longevity

William Orr, PhD, Professor, Chair of Biology Department, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

11:25-12:00 am

Resveratrol: A Panacea? 

Shazib Pervaiz, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore

12:00-1:00 pm




Session 4: Metabolic Syndrome Related Disorders

Session Chair: Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor, USA

1:00-1:20 pm

Metabolic Markers of Lupus



Chandra Mohan, MD, PhD,  Professor Arthritis  and Autoimmunity Research  Center,  UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

1:20-1:35 pm

Hyperlipidemia, Metabolic Syndrome, and  Ischemic Stroke

Mariam Baklavajian, MD, Professor, Neurology and Child Neurology Department, National Institute of Health, Yerevan Armenia

1:35-1:50 pm

Incidence of Brucella Species in Slaughtered Food Animals and its Edible Offals in Beni-Suef, Egypt 

Fatma Ali, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Food Hygiene, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Beni-Suef University, Egypt


Session 5: Development of Functional Food products as therapeutics

Session Chair: Jagat R. Kanwar, PhD, Australia

1:50-2:15 pm

Oral Administration of Nanocarriers Delivery of Small Interfering RNA and micro RNA: Promises of Cancer Gene Therapy

Jagat R. Kanwar, PhD, Head, Immunology and Molecular Biomedical Research Laboratory, Deakin University, Australia

2:15-2:50 pm

Prebiotic Soluble Fiber in Dairy Desserts for Digestive Health

Lorraine Niba, PhD, National Starch Food Innovation, Bridgewater, NJ, USA

2:50-3:05 pm Novel Use of Grape Seed Extract and Tocotrienol as Supplements in Induction of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines in Mice Live

Shradha Sodhani, PhD Student; Nathaniel Mills, PhD, Professor; Victorine Imrhan, PhD, Texas Woman's University


3:05-3:15 pm



3:15-4:45 pm.

Posters Presentation Session and Workshop


4:45-5:00 pm

Conference Closing

Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Chairman  

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