Confirmed Speakers

Janos Zempleni, PhD, 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. Presentation topic: Bovine Milk Exosomes and Their Cargos May Regulate Metabolism Through Non-canonical Pathways in Non-bovine Species

Jay Whelan, PhD, (Session chair), Professor and Head, Department of Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA. Presentation topicAllometric scaling of dietary n-3 and n-6 fatty acids

James Smoliga, PhDHigh Point University, High Point, NC, USA. Presentation topic: What are the existing allometric scaling (mathematical) models: advantages and disadvantages?

Korry Hintze, PhD, Utah State University, Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Sciences, Logan, UT, USA. Presentation topic: Formulation of the Western diet

Robert Rucker, PhD, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, USA. Presentation topic: Allometric scaling, metabolic body size and interspecies comparisons of basal nutritional requirements

David Sela, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA. Presentation topic: Bifidobacteria metabolize milk oligosaccharides within the infant microbiome via the fructose-6-phosphate phosphoketolase pathway

Hang Xiao, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA. Presentation topic: Gut microbiota dictate metabolic Fate of Curcumin in the colon

Mesa Aruna, PhD, Professor, Department of Home Science (Food Science & Nutrition), Sri Padmavati Mahila Visvavidyalayam, Andhra Pradesh, India. Presentation topic: Functional quality, sensorial and shelf life characteristics of agathi (Sesbania grandiflora (L).Poir leaves enriched breads

Johannes Westendorf, PhD, Professoer Emeritus, Institute of Experimental Pharmacology and Toxicology University Medical School, Germany. Presentation topic: Morinda citrifolia (Noni), a tropical adaptogenic food and medicinal plant with multiple uses in health and disease

Carolyn Slupsky, PhD, Professor, Chair of the Graduate Group in Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, University of California, Davis, Presentation topic: Unraveling the intricate relationship between food, nutrition, and health

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA

Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Professor, President, Chief Scientific Officer and Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA

Jyoti D. Vora, PhD, Head, Department of Biochemistry and Food Science and Quality Control, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai. Presentation topic: Novel product development, organoleptic analysis and haccp projection of a dessert made from lotus stem (Nelumbo nucifera)

Isameldin B. Hashim, PhD, Professor,, Chair of Food Science Department, College of Food & Agriculture, UAEU, Al-Ain, UAE. Presentation topic: Quality characteristics of functional bread fortified with date palm fruit residue

Jürgen Schrezenmeir, MD, Professor, Clinical Research Center, KITZ, Kiel, Germany. Presentation topic:  Effect of a probiotic Lactobacillus strains on vaginal microbiota and bacterial vaginosis 

Mark Willems, PhD, Professor, Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Chichester, Chichester, United Kingdom. Presentation topic: Beneficial effects on fasting insulin and OGTT responses with intake of New Zealand blackcurrant powder

Sumana Sarkhel, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Physiology with Community Health, Vidyasagar University, Paschim Medinipur, West Bengal, India. Presentation topic: Evaluation of the anti-inflammatory activities of Quillaja saponaria Mol. Saponin extract in mice

Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD, Professor and Director of the Center for Medical Mycology at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH, USA. Presentation topic: Bacteriome and Mycobiome Interactions Underscore Microbial Dysbiosis in Familial Crohn’s Disease: Role of Probiotics and Other Therapeutic Options

Fabienne Le Provost, PhD, “Functional genomics and Physiology of mammary gland” Team Leader, GABI, INRA, AgroParisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, Jouy-en-Josas, France. Presentation topic: Horizontal delivery of microRNAs via food-mother-pup axis

Reza Hakkak, Ph.D, Professor and Chair, Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR, USA. Presentation topic: Obesity, Soy Protein Diet and Liver Steatosis

Jingjing Zhu, PhD Student, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, USA. Presentation topic: Diet and functional impairments among elderly Chinese living in urban Shanghai

Felix Hart, PhD, Avitop GmbH,  Berlin, Germany. Presentation topic: Bacteroides xylanisolvens DSM 23964 consumption promotes anti-TFα antibody generation 

Hairong Cheng, PhD, associate Professor, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Presentation topic: Studies on the highly efficient biosynthesis of functional oligosaccharides 

Hossein Mirmiranpour, MD, PhD, Department  of Biochemistry,  School  of  Medicine,  Alborz University  of  Medical  Sciences,  Karaj,  Iran. Presentation topic: Curcumin can improve hypertension in aged type 2 diabetic patients by modulating oxidative stress

Xiu-Min Chen, PhD, Research Associate, Food, Nutrition, and Health, The University of British Columbia, 2205 East Mall, Vancouver, Canada. Presentation topic: Phytochemical profile and bioactivities of coffee leaf: the impacts of processing methods and the age of leaf

Kiminori Matsubara, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Human Life Science Education, Graduate School of Education, Hiroshima University, Higashihiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan. Presentation topic: The effects of bioactive compounds derived from sake cake “Sakekasu,” a byproduct of Japanese sake (alcohol) fermentation, on senescence-accelerated mouse and diabetes model mouse

Patrick Provost, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval. CHUQ Research Center / CHUL
Axe des maladies infectieuses et immunitaires, Quebec, Canada. Presentation topic: New extracellular vesicles carry most dairy cow milk microRNAs and likely protect them from degradation during digestion

Massimo Bionaz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Animal and Rangeland Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR.  USA. Presentation topic: Effect of poison oak and pasteurization on miRNA of milk exosomes of goats

Kristberg Kristbergsson, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland. Office at Innovation Center Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland. Presentation topic: Recent developments in food vehicles for delivery of bioactive compounds in functional foods

Smiti V. Gupta, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. Presentation topic: Oil palm phenolics significantly reduced neurotoxic metabolites associated with neurodegeneration in a diet induced aged rat model of Alzheimer’s disease

Geng-Long Hsu, MD, Microsurgical Potency Reconstruction and Research Center, Hsu’s Andrology and National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Presentation topic: A novel promising herb formula in sexual health 

Beth A. McCormick, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Founder, Center for Microbiome Research, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA. Presentation Topic: The microbiome influences homeostatic control of eukaryotic ABC transporters at the intestinal mucosal surface during health and disease

Kristen L. Beck, PhD, Researcher, Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA, USA. A big tech approach to a "small" problem: microbiome characterization of raw
food ingredients to improve food safety