20th International Conference of FFC - 8th International Symposium of ASFFBC 

Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers

September 22-23, 2016, The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA


Conference Program

September 22, 2016

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-9:05 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Definition and Current Status of Functional Foods in the US. Danik Martirosyan, Co-chairman: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA. 

9:05:9:35 Jun Nishihira, MD, PhD, Professor (Keynote Speaker), Department of Medical Management and Informatics, Health Information Science Center, Hokkaido Information University, Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan. Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 stimulates immunoglobulin production and innate immunity after influenza vaccination in healthy adult volunteers: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study

Session 1: The Status and Regulation of Nutraceuticals, Functional and Medical Foods. Health Claims. Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta, MD, Program Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA 

9:35-10:00 Bruce P. Burnett (Plenary Speaker), PhD, Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory and Medical Affairs, Entera Health, Inc., Cary, NC, USA. Medical foods: An essential therapeutic category in search of definition and FDA clarification in the United States

10:00-10:20 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Nutraceutical regulations in the United States with a special emphasis on GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status and label claims.

10:20-10:40 Malcolm Riley, PhD, Nutrition Scientist, Food and Nutrition, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Adelaide, Australia. Health Claims on Food Packaging – little apparent need from South Australian adults

10:40-11:10 Paula Trumbo (Keynote Speaker), PhD, Director (A) Nutrition Programs at U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. FDA health claims for foods and dietary supplements 

11:10-11:25 Coffee and Exhibitor break 

Session 2: Functional Foods for Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity and Diabetes: Session Chair: Harry G. Preuss, MD, Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC,USA

11:25-11:50 Yasuhito Shirai, PhD, Professor (Plenary Speaker), Department of Agrobioscience, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan. Possibility of epigallocatechin gallate and a-tocopherol as functional food for diabetic nephropathy and their molecular mechanism

11:50-12:05 Valentina Guzmán-Pérez, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Biochemistry, Sciences Faculty- Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Bogota D.C, Colombia. Isothiocyanates from the edible plant nasturtium and the prevention of type 2 diabetes: Reduction in glucose production and modulation of protective pathways

12:05-12:20 Anand Swaroop, PhD, FACN, President, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA. Safety and Efficacy of a novel fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum, FenfuroTM) extract in patients with Type-2 Diabetes

12:20-12:35 Joanne Smith and Kylie James, University of Maryland Rehabilitation and Orthopaedic Institute. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Body mass, metabolic and cardiovascular impact of aquatic exercise and nutritional guidance for individuals with chronic incomplete spinal cord injury

12:35-12:50 Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA. Clinical efficacy of a novel green coffee bean extract (GCB-70) in overweight subjects

12:50-13:10 Harry G. Preuss, MD, Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC,USA. General lack of correlations between age and signs of metabolic syndrome in subjects with non-diabetic fasting glucose levels

13:10-14:00 Lunch

Session 3: Functional Foods and Neurological Diseases. Session Chairs: Bruce P. Burnett, PhD, Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory and Medical Affairs, Entera Health, Inc., Cary, NC, USA and  Carol Dillon, MD, PhD, CEMIC University Hospital, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina

14:00-14:15 Amelie Mantello, Osato Research Institute, Gifu, Japan and Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy. A 2-year follow up study with fermented papaya preparation (FPP) modulating novel risk markers of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease in middle-age subjects with impending metabolic syndrome

14:15-14:30 Carol Dillon, MD, PhD, National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET); SIREN, Department of Neurology. CEMIC University Hospital, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Sociological and environmental factors associated with mental health. A follow up study of patients with Geriatric Depression and Cognitive Impairment

14:30-14:45 Sushil Sharma, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, Saint James School of Medicine Cane Hall, St Vincent St, Vincent & Grenadines. Charnoly body as a novel biomarker of nutritional stress in alzheimer’s disease

14:45-15:00 Komal Chauhan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Vitamin B12 supplementation and cognitive scores in geriatric patients having Mild Cognitive Impairment

15:00-15:20 Coffee and Exhibitor break

Session 4: Functional Foods and Cancer. Session Chairs: Jin-Rong Zhou, PhD, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA and Nancy J. Emenaker, PhD, Program Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

15:20-15:45 Gabriela Riscuta (Plenary Speaker) MD, Program Director Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda MD, USA. Potential benefits of probiotics consumption (Invited Speaker)

15:45 -16-00 Zeynep Banu Guzel-Seydim, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Engineering, Suleyman Demirel University, Isparta, Turkey. Effect of kefir on Fusobacterium nucleatum potentially causing intestinal cancer

16:00-16:15 Roula M. Abdel-Massih, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Balamand, Lebanon. The Immuno-modulatory and anti-proliferative activity of high molecular weight and modified citrus pectin

16:15-16:30 Vasantha Rupasinghe, PhD, Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University, Truro, Canada. Apple peel flavonoids AF4 inhibit triple negative breast cancer cell proliferation and migration

16:30-17:10 Poster and Networking Session

17:10 Conference Closing 

September 23, 2016

Session 5: Prevention and Management of Dementia. Session Chairs: Hoyoku Nishino, MD, PhD, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicin, Kyoto, Japan and Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA

8:15-8:40 Elizabeth Johnson (Plenary Speaker), PhD, Associate Professor, Antioxidants Research Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USAThe role of lutein in cognitive function 

8:40-8:55 Hoyoku Nishino, MD, PhD, Professor, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicin, Kyoto, Japan. Functional food factors and prevention of dementia

8:55-9:10 Rachel Wong, PhD, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia. Acute resveratrol consumption improves cerebrovascular responsiveness during a working memory task in adults with type 2 diabetes 

9:10-9:25 Barbara Shukitt-Hale, Ph.D, Neuroscience and Aging Laboratory, USDA-ARS Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA. The beneficial effects of berry fruit on cognitive and neuronal function in aging

9:25-9:40 Tammy M. Scott, Ph.D, Scientist II, Neuroscience and Laboratory, Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, MA, USA. Long Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Cognitive Aging, and Dementia 

9:40:-10:00 Francine Grodstein, ScD, Professor of Medicine, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Consumption of fruit and vegetables in relation to cognitive function in aging populations 

Session 6: Roles of Food Derived Nitrite / Nitrate from Cured Meat to Vegetables, to Hypertension and/or Antioxidant Effect. Session ChairHiroshi Maeda, PhD, Professor, Sojo University, Japan

10:00-10:10 Hiroshi Maeda, PhD, Professor, Sojo University, Japan. Opening remarksRoles of food derived nitrite / nitrate from cured meat to vegetables

10:10-10:35 Nathan S. Bryan (Plenary Speaker), PhD, Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA. Dietary nitrite and nitrate: From menace to marvel

10:35-10:55 Weili Li, PhD, Professor, University of Chester, Chester, UK. Arabinoxylan extracts for immunity: modulation pathway

Jacklyn Jackson, PhD Candidate, School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan NSW 2308, Australia. What is the role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease: A Systematic Review of Human Evidence (Title pending)

10:55-11:15 Coffee and Exhibitor Break

Session 7: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of other Non-communicable Diseases. Session Chair: Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

11:15-11:40 Christina B. Wegener, PhD (Plenary Speaker), Julius Kuehn Institute (JKI); Institute for Resistance Research and Stress Tolerance, Sanitz, Germany. Drought stress affects organic and inorganic bioactive compounds in potatoes relevant to non-communicable diseases

11:40-11:55 Francesco Carluccio, Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy. Integrated medicine with vegetable derived antioxidant and vitamin D: effects on oxidative stress and bone mineral metabolism of aged patients with renal disease

11:55-12:10 Atif Can Seydim, PhD, Professor. Department of Food Engineering, Suleyman Demirel University Faculty of Engineering, Isparta, Turkey. Effects of grape wine and apple cider vinegar on oxidative and antioxidative status in high cholesterol-fed rats

12:10-12:25 Ananda S. Prasad, MD, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Oncology, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, and Karmanos Cancer Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA. Discovery and impact of zinc on human health: Bio-markers of zinc deficiency

12:25-12:45 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Efficacy of Furosap, a novel Trigonella foenum-graecum seed extract, in enhancing testosterone level and improving sperm profile in male volunteers

12:45-13:45 Lunch

Session 8: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products. Session Chairs: Zhongyi Li PhD, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia and Vijaya Juturu, PhD, FACN, Scientific and Clinical Affairs, OmniActive Health Technologies Inc., Morristown, NJ, USA 

13:45-14:10 Peter F. Kador (Plenary Speaker), PhD, Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE, USA. and President, Therapeutic Vision, Inc., Omaha, NE, USA. Topical applied nutraceutical antioxidant formulation reduces ocular oxidative stress

14:10-14:25 Jerzy "George" Szewczyk, PhD, CEO, BioKier Inc., Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Colonic delivery of nutrients for management of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes patients

14:25-14:40 María Dolores del Castillo, PhD, Head of Food Bioscience group, Department of Food Analysis and Bioactivity, Institute of Food Science Research, Spain. Coffee silverskin extract for diabetes

14:40-14:55 Johannes Westendorf, PhD, Professoer Emeritus, Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology University Medical School, Germany. Pharmacokinetic of 3H-deacetylasperulosidic acid in mice

14:55-15:10 Doman Kim, PhD, Professor, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea. Enzymatic synthesis of glycosides, their functional characterization, and potential uses

15:10-15:25 Nazma Shaheen, PhD, Professor, Director, Institute of Nutrition and Food Science, University of Dhaka. Evaluation of functional potentiality of selected commonly consumed foods of Bangladesh

15:25-15:40 Zhongyi Li, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, Australia. Developing a barley grain containing high fibre and high resistant starch

Coffee and Exhibitor Break: 15:40-16:00

Poster and Networking Session 16:00-16:40

16:40-17:00 Awards and Membership Certificates (Membership for Academic Society of Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds). 

17:00-17:15 Conference Closing