Conference Program

September 15, 2015

8:30-9:00 Registration 

9:00-9:05 Welcome to Harvard Medical School 

9:05-9:25 Conference Opening 

Session: Functional Foods and Obesity. Session Chair: Francine Welty, MD, PhD, Board-Certified Cardiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


9:25 - 9:50 Harry G. Preuss, MD, Departments of Biochemistry, Medicine and Pathology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Lowering circulating glucose levels that are in the non-diabetic range is important for long-term optimal health


9:50 - 10:15 Haleama Al Sabbah, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Nutrition, UAE. Prevalence of overweight, obesity, anemia, and their associations with dietary habits among female students at Zayed University, UAE


10:15 - 10:40 Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Professor, Food Science, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Baton Rouge LA, USA. The effects of whey protein and resistant starch on body weight


10:40 - 10:55 Coffee Break

Session: Functional Foods and Neurological Disorders. Session Chair: Andrew Scholey, PhD, Professor, Australia, Professor, Swinburne University, Australia

10:55 - 11:20 Andrew Pipingas, Associate Professor, Head of Neurocognitive Ageing Research, Centre for Human Psychopharmacology (CHP) School of Health Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology,   Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia. Long chain omega-3 supplementation and neurocognition in healthy adults:  efficacy, mechanisms of action and methodological considerations

11:20-11:40 Sana Ben Othman, PhD Student, United Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Gifu University, Japan. Neuroprotective effect of sesame seed water-soluble fraction: antioxidant and anti-apoptotic mechanisms

12:00 - 12:25 Jianmin Chen, PhD, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Rutgers University, USA. Glutamine has significant therapeutic potential for ataxia telangiectasia: preclinical observations in ATM-deficient mice

12:25 - 12:50 Andrew Scholey, PhD, Professor, Swinburne University, Australia. A role for dietary polyphenols as cognitive enhancers

12:50 -13:50 Lunch

Session: Functional Foods for Chrobic Diseases (CVD, Cancer, and other Chronic Diseases), Session chair: Jin-Rong Zhou, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA, USA

13:50-14:25 Nancy J. Emenaker, PhD, R.D.N., Program Director and Project Officer, Nutritional Sciences Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. Developing food-specific molecular profiles and biomarkers of food and nutrient intake, and dietary exposure for reducing cancer risks

14:25 - 14:50 Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milano and Chief Medical Officer, Gender Healthy Aging Unit, Montenapoleone Medical Center, Italy. A novel sturgeon-based marine nutraceutical in inflammatory- and stress-related disorders: preliminary pilot study in cancer patients

14:50 - 15:00 Coffee Break

15:00 - 15:25 Hisham R. Ibrahim, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biotechnology, Faculty  of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan. Novel bioactive peptides from honey with  therapeutic potential for treatment of oxidative stress-related diseases

15:25 - 15:45 Ying Zhu, PhD, School of Agricultural, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Glen Osmond, Australia. Australia.Bio-functional effects of almond by-products: Almond hull and almond skin on rat epithelial cells and human colon cancer cells

15:45 - 16:10 Jin-Rong Zhou, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory,  Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston MA,  USA. Bioassay-guided identification of novel anti-cancer bioactive ingredients in black tea

Session: Bioactive Polysaccharides: Structures and Functional Properties. Session Chair: Steve Cui, PhD, Guelph Food Research Centre, Ontario, Canada.

16:10 - 16:30 Ming-Yong Xie, Professor, Vice President of Nanchang University. State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Nanchang University, China. Study on structure and immunoregulatory activity of polysaccharides from food resources

16:30 - 16:50 Shao-Ping Nie, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Nanchang University, China. In vitro and in vivo studies on digestion and fermentation of polysaccharide from seeds of Plantago asiatica L. with its beneficial effects on intestinal health

16:50 - 17:15 Steve Cui, PhD, Guelph Food Research Centre, Ontario, Canada. Bioactive polysaccharides: structures and functional properties

17:15 Closing


September 16, 2015

Session: Functional Foods and Diabetes. Session Chair: Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Professor, Food Science, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Baton Rouge LA, USA

9:00 - 9:20 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences,  University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA, and Cepham Research Center, Piscataway,  NJ, USA. Safety and effficacy of a novel Trigonella foenum-graceum seed extract (FenfuroTM) and green  coffee bean extract (GCB70TM) in attenuating the symptoms of insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome

9:20 - 9:40 Chinagorom Asinobi, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Imo State University, Owerri. Effect of commonly consumed traditional fortified staple meals on the postprandial and random blood glucose responses of undergraduate students 

9:40 - 10:00 Nurudeen Hassan, PhD Student, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, United Kingdom. A methanolic extract of Trigonella foenum graecum seeds regulates markers of macrophage polarization

10:00 - 10:15 Kuhu Roy, PhD Student, Department of Foods and Nutrition, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Tinospora cordifolia stem supplementation in diabetic dyslipidemia: an open labelled randomized controlled trial

10:15 - 10:30 Md. Moklesur Rahman Sarker, PhD, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Lincoln University College, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Antihyperglycemic activity of dietary mushrooms (Reishi, Shiitake and Oyster) on alloxan- and glucocorticoid-induced diabetic Long-Evans rats

10:30 - 10:40 Coffee Break

Session: Definition of Functional Foods. Nutraceutical, Functional and Medical Food Regulations. Session Chair: Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, University of College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

10:40 - 11:05 Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA. A new definition of functional food by FFC: what makes a new definition unique?

11:05 - 11:30 Bruce P. Burnett, PhD, Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory and Medical Affairs, Entera Health, Inc., USA. Current International Legal and Regulatory Environment for Medicinal Foods 

11:30 - 11:55 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences,  University of College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Nutraceutical and functional food regulations in the  United States with a special emphasis on GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) status and label claims

Session: Research and Development of new Functional Food Products for Non-Communicable Diseases. Session chair: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA.

11:55 - 12:20 Janos Zempleni, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA. Depletion of dietary microRNAs from cow’s milk decreases fecundity in mice

12:20 -13:30 Lunch

13:30 - 13:55 Young Chul Kim, PhD, Professor of Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. An alteration in cytochrome P450 enzymes in liver steatosis induced by intake of a high-carbohydrate/ fat-free diet after food deprivation and its pharmacological significance 

13:55 - 14:20 Abraham Amlogu, PhD, University of Westminster, London, UK. A comparative study:  Long  and short term effect of a nutrition sensitive approach to delay the progression of HIV to AIDS  among      People Living with HIV (PLWH) in Nigeria 

14:20 - 14:45 Manoj K. Bhasin, PhD, Department of Medicine, Division of Interdisciplinary Medicine and Biotechnology,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Insilico identification of  herbal formaulation for IBD management using systems biology approach

14:45-15:10 Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor, Emeritus, Department of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, Huntington Beach, CA. USA. Lipid Replacement with a membrane glycerolphospholipid formulation: enhancement of human spermatozoa motility and viability

15:10 - 15:20 Coffee Break

15:20 - 16:20 Session: Poster Presentations

16:20 - 17:00 Panel Discussion: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds at Efficacious Levels

Moderator: Bruce P. Burnett, PhD, Vice President of Compliance, Regulatory and Medical Affairs, Entera Health, Inc., USA

Panelists: Hisham R. Ibrahim, PhD, Professor; Danik Martirosyan, PhD; Jin-Rong Zhou, PhD; Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor; Francesco Marotta MD, PhD, and Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor

17:00 - 17:15 Awards and Membership Certificates (Membership for Academic Society of Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds)

17:15 - 17:30 Conference Closing

* Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change

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