22nd International Conference of FFC - 10th International Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice

September 22-23, 2017, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Conference Preliminary Program

- Explore Boston -

Scientific Program

September 22, 2017

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-9:05 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: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA. 

9:05:9:35 (Keynote Speaker)

Victor Kipnis, PhD, Biometry Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 20892, USA. Multiplicity and Selectivity in Biomedical Research: a view of a statistician

Session 1: Engineering bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds. Special Session Chair: Uri Lesmes, PhD, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Avi Shpigelman, PhD, Laboratory for novel food and bioprocessing, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel. Bioaccessibility of polyphenols – limitations and opportunities

  • Presentations from selected abstracts

10:50-11:05 Coffee and Exhibitor break

Session 2: Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos. Special Session Chair: Janos Zempleni, PhD, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA

  • 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
  • Janos Zempleni, Ph.D, Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Director of the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules, Director of the Nebraska Gateway to Nutrigenomics, 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
  • 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
  • Presentations from selected abstracts

13:10-14:10 Lunch and Exhibitor break

Session 3. Functional Food, Microbiome 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

  • 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
  • Jan Barton Hamilton, PhD, Licensed, Registered Dietitian Certified Nutrition Specialist, American College of Nutrition, Nutritional Biomedicine, President and CEO, Washington, DC, USA. Biomarkers of early immune response deficiencies for the cancer patients
  • 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 Chair: 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.

       a.  Neurological Diseases

  • Bernd Markert, PhD, 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
  • Sushil Sharma, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology & Course Director, Saint James School of Medicine, Cane Hall, St Vincent, St Vincent & Grenadine (West Indies). Charnolosome-antioxidant interaction in health and disease 

Presentations from selected abstracts

15:45-15:55 Coffee and Exhibitor break

         b. Cardiovascular Diseases

  • Palayakotai Raghavan, PhD, Nanorx Inc. NY, USA.  Metadichol ® a novel VDR inverse agonist and control of Hypertension in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome. 
  • Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Dept of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.  Blood Pressure Regulation: Evidence for interplay between common dietary sugars and table salt
  • 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
  • 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

17:35-17:40 Conference closing

18:00-20:30 -Explore Boston, MS - Networking Dinner


September 23, 2017

Session 4: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases

  • 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 
  • Sean Hall, MD, CEO of Medlab Clinical LTD, Sydney Australia. Mitigating the symptoms of chronic diseases through the administration of probiotics
  • 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
  • Vanisha S Nambiar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja SayajiRao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat. India. Understanding the use of bioactive compound for the reduction of inflammation and oxidative stress using nutrigenomics
  • 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
  • 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

10:50-11:05 Coffee and Exhibitor break

Session 5: Bioactive food compounds: sources and potential health benefits. Session Chair: Nancy J. Emenaker, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

  • 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?
  • Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA. Safety and free testosterone boosting efficacy of a novel curculigo orchioides extract in male rats 
  • 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
  • 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.

13:10-14:10 Lunch and Exhibitor break

Session 6: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

  • Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA. Water infused with molecular hydrogen increases skin NADH
  • 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
  • Tyler W. LeBaron, PhD, Founder and Executive Director, Molecular Hydrogen Foundation (MHF), Academic Committee of Taishan Institute for Hydrogen Biomedical Research, Brigham Young University - Idahom Rexburg, Idaho, USA.  Hydrogen: an emerging medical gas with clinical significance
  • 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
  • Jyoti D. Vora, PhD, Professor, Head, Department of Biochemistry and Food Science & Quality Control, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Insight into the biochemical link between biodiversity and nutraceuticals: A case study of carica papaya
  • Enrica Bargiacchi, PhD, Researcher Agronomist, Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials, Firenze, Ital. Grape Marc as a source of bioactive compounds for new foods

15:00-16:00 Session 7: Poster and Networking Session 

16:00-16:15 Awards and Membership Certificates (Membership for Academic Society of Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds). 

16:15-16:30 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.