FFC's 23rd International Conference and Expo on Functional Foods - 11th Int. Symposiun of ASFFBC 

Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice

April 24-25, 2018, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

Conference Program (from previous conference)

September 22, 2017

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-8:50 Welcome and Opening Remarks:  Jin-Rong (Joseph) Zhou, Co-chairman: Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Danik Martirosyan, Co-chairman, PhD: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA. 

Session 1: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session chairs: Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA

8:50-9:15 Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, USA. FFC's Advancement of functional food definition

9:15-9:40 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Regulation of functional foods in USA and Japan

9:40-10:05 (Special Lecture) Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA. Water infused with molecular hydrogen increases skin NADH

10:05-10:15 Coffee Break

Session 2: Engineering bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds. Special Session Chair: Uri Lesmes, PhD, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

10:15 -10:35 David Julian McClements, PhD, Distinguished Professor, (expert on delivery of bioactives via food emulsions and novel particulates) Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Chair, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA. Designing biopolymer microgels for encapsulation, protection, and release of bioactives

10:35-10:55 Tara Grauwet, PhD, Laboratory of Food Technology, Department of Microbial and Molecular systems, KU Leuven, Belgium. Processing as a tool to modify natural and create process-induced barriers in plant-based foods with the aim of tailoring food digestion

10:55-11:15 Avi Shpigelman, PhD, Laboratory for novel food and bioprocessing, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel. Bioaccessibility of polyphenols – limitations and opportunities

11:15-11:40 Uri Lesmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Bioactives Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Physicochemical engineering of macronutrient digestibility and control of bioactive release in the human gastrointestinal trac

Session 3. Microbiome: Health and Cancer. Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

11:40-12:00 Amedeo Amedei, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini, Florence,  Italy. Functional characterization of specific immune response and comparison of oral and intestinal human microbiota in patients with colorectal cancer after treatment with probiotic / prebiotic

12:00:12:20 Danyue Zhao, PhD, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program, Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Insights into bioavailability and microbial catabolism of grape polyphenols in mice using an efficient UPLC-Triple quadrupole-MS/MS method

12:20- 13:05 Lunch

13:05-1:25 Erika Angle, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, Ixcela: The Internal Fitness Company, Bedford, MA, USA. Effects of Gut Microbiota Modulation on Performance of Professional Athletes

13:25-13:45 W.L.Wendy Hsiao, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China. Polysaccharides from two medicinal mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum and Poria cocos reveal prebiotic effects in mice

13:45-14:10 Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA. Functional food, microbiome, aging and cancer

Session 4: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases. session Chairs: Jin-Rong Zhou, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, and Palayakotai Raghavan, PhD, Nanorx Inc. NY, USA

       a.  Neurological Diseases

14:10-14:30 Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (EISN), Haren, Erika, Germany. Is the biological system of the elements a scientific and practical tool for functional food therapy on chronic diseases?  – Lithium accumulating food being given to patients of bipolar disorders might represent a beneficial relationship for curing a chronic neurological disease

14:30-14:50 Cristiana Caliceti, PhD, Laboratory of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. The fermentation with lactic acid bacteria further enhances the immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties of a Carica Papaya Linn formulation in comparison with yeast fermentation

14:50-15:00 Coffee Break

        b. Cardiovascular Diseases

15:00-15:25 Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Blood Pressure Regulation: Evidence for interplay between common dietary sugars and table salt

15:25-15:45 Bradley Ferguson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Vet Sciences, The University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, USA. Potential implications for dietary HDAC inhibitors in the heart

15:45-16:05 Chiara Santi, PhD, Department of Sustainable productive and territorial systems, Laboratory of Bioprocesses and Bio products, ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Rome, Italy. Evaluation of the hazelnuts as functional food: molecular effects of long maceration raw kernel extract in HepG2 human hepatocarcinoma cell line

16:05-16:25 Hossein Mirmiranpour, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran. Effect of vitamin C supplementation on oxidant and antioxidant status in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus 

16:25-16:50 Palayakotai Raghavan, PhD, Nanorx Inc. NY, USA. Metadichol ® a novel VDR inverse agonist and control of Hypertension in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome.

16:50-17:30 Session 5: Poster Session

17:30 Conference Closing

17:30-19:00 - Networking Banquet Organized by Catering Departement at Harvard Medical School 

September 23, 2017

Session 6: Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos. Special Session Chair: Janos Zempleni, PhD, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA

8:00-8:25 Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany. DNA methyltransferase 1-targeting microRNA-148a of dairy milk: a potential bioactive modifier of the human epigenome

8:25-8:45 Deborah Fratantonio, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA. MicroRNAs in chicken egg exosomes: content and bioavailability in healthy humans

8:45-9:05 M. Abderrahim Benmoussa, PhD candidate, Department of Microbiology-Infectious Disease and Immunity, and Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. Characterization of a new functional extracellular vesicle subset in commercial dairy cow milk with protein and small RNA profiles different from canonical milk exosomes

9:05-9:30 Janos Zempleni, Ph.D, Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA. The communication of animal and bacterial kingdoms through exosomes and their RNA cargos in bovine milk

9:30-9:40 Coffee Break

Session 7: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases

9:40-10:00 Sepideh Taheri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Academic Paediatrics, University of Western Ontario, Consultant Paediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada. Randomized controlled trial of food elimination for treatment of primary headache in children 

10:00-10:20 Sean Hall, MD, CEO of Medlab Clinical LTD, Sydney Australia. Mitigating the symptoms of chronic diseases through the administration of probiotics

10:20-10:40 Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA, CEO, Food Addiction Training, LLC, Cincinnati, OH, USA. Processed Food addiction: Evidence for a role in the obesity epidemic

10:40-11:00 Zeeshan Hafeez, PhD, UR AFPA-équipe PB2P, Université de Lorraine-INRA UC 340, Faculté des Sciences et Technologies, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex, France. Anti-inflammatory activity of peptide fractions obtained from casein hydrolysate generated by cell envelope proteinase PrtS purified from S. thermophilus LMD-9-ΔsrtA strain

11:00-11:20 Simone Parola, PhD, PreventPCB srl, Vergiate (VA) Italy; University of Insubria, Department of Biotecnologie e Scienze Della Vita (DBSV), Vergiate, VA, 21029, Italy. Lentinula edodes and Pleurotus ostreatus: functional food with antioxidant - antimicrobial activity and an important source of Vitamin D and medicinal compounds

11:20-11:45 Uwe Albrecht, MD, Mediconomics GmbH, Hannover, Germany. Detoxification: Natural scavenger clinoptilolite for removal of heavy metals from the body

11:45-12:30 Lunch

Session 8: Bioactive food compounds: sources and potential health benefits. Session Chair: Nancy J. Emenaker, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

12:30-12:55 Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy. Beneficial effect of original powdered fermented papaya preparation (fpp-ori) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome, inflammatory molecules and amino-acid network. A weapon for degerenrative disease?

12:55-13:15 Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA. Safety and free testosterone boosting efficacy of a novel curculigo orchioides extract in male rats 

13:15-13:35 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Clinical evaluation of a standardized Prunus Domestica extract on benign prostrate hyperplasia (BPH) in male volunteers

13:35-13:55 María Dolores del Castillo, PhD, Head of Food Bioscience group, Department of Food Analysis and Bioactivity, Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL, CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain. Lipid biomarkers for validation of spent coffee grounds as a healthy dietary fiber. 

13:55-14:20 Nancy J. Emenaker, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. What’s in Your Dietary Fiber Supplement? An Updated Look at the Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) for Determining Total Dietary Fiber Consumption in Community Oncology Health Care Practices.

14:20-14:30 Coffee Break

Session 9: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products. Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, USA 

14:30-14:50 Jyoti D. Vora, PhD, Professor, Head, Department of Biochemistry and Food Science and Quality Control, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Insight into the biochemical link between biodiversity and nutraceuticals: A case study of Carica papaya

14:50-15:10 Bainian Feng, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Taihu Scholar, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China. Garlic essential oil provides lead discharging effect on human body, an efficacy and mechanism of study

15:10-15:30 Enrica Bargiacchi, PhD, Researcher Agronomist, Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials, Firenze, Italy. Grape Marc as a source of bioactive compounds for new foods

15:30-15:50 Bianke Loedolff, PhD,  Group Leader (Biopolymer Tailoring/Nutritional Biotechnology), Institute for Plant Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Bio-fortification of Brassica micro-greens: towards development of a nutritionally enhanced micro-green melange for noncommunicable disease prevention

15:50-16:10 Tyler W. LeBaron, Executive Director of Molecular Hydrogen Foundation/Institute, Academic Committee of Taishan Institute for Hydrogen Biomedical Research. Hydrogen: an emerging medical gas with clinical significance

16:10-16:50 Session 10: Poster Session 

16:50-17:00 Awards and Certificates 

17:00-17:15 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.