17th International Conference of FFC - 5th International Symposium of ASFFBC  

Discovery, Utilization and Control of Bioactive Components and Functional Foods

November 18-19, 2014, University of San Diego, San Diego, California, USA

Conference Organizing Committee


Co-chairman: Sean Liu, PhD, Research Leader, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), ARS, Functional Food Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, USA

Co-chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder, Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds; President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute; Editor-In-Chief, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease, Dallas, TX, USA


International Organizing Committee 

Hong-Sik Hwang, PhD, Research Chemist, Functional Foods Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, USDA, ARS, Peoria, IL, USA

Sean Liu, PhD, Research Leader, USDA, ARS, Functional Food Research Unit, National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria, IL, USA

David J Baer, PhD, Supervisory Research Physiologist, Chief Scientist of the Functional Foods and Health Promotion Group at US Department of Agriculture’s Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, MD, USA

Meena Somanchi, PhD, Nutritionist, Nutrient Data Laboratory, USDA, ARS, Beltsville, MD, USA

Hariom Yadav, PhD, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Intramural Research Program, Bethesda, MD, USA

Elizabeth Johnson, PhD, Professor, Jean Mayer US Department of Agriculture Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University, USA

Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Professor, Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center (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 (Garth Nicolson is the world's leading authority on cellular medicine; author of more than 600 medical and scientific publications)


Kathy James, Professor of Nursing, Researcher, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Chaowu Xiao, PhD, Bureau of Nutrition Sciences, Food Directorate, Health Product and Food Branch, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Khurram Nasir, MD, Professor of Medicine, Herbert Wertheim Collge of Medicine, Florida International University; Director, Center for Prevention and Wellness Research, Baptist Health South Florida,  Miami Beach, FL, USA

Zeyuan Deng, PhD, Professor of Food Science, University of Nanchang, The State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Nanchang University, Nanchang, China 

Sun Wenjie, MD, PhD in Epidemiology, Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Jin-Rong Zhou, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Director, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA


George PerryPhD, Dean and Professor, College of Sciences, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA

Hiroshi Yoshida, MD, PhD, FACP, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Deputy Director of Jikei University Kashiwa Hospital, Japan

Nina Mikirova, PhD, Professor, Director of Research, Riordan Clinic, Wichita, KS, USA 

Julius Oben, PhD, Professor, Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde, Yaounde, Cameroon

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy


Yvette Tache, PhD, Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director, CURE: Digestive Diseases Research Center - Animal Core, Co-Director, Center for Neurobiology of Stress & Women's Health, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, LA, USA

Francesca Hansstein, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Department of Public Economics and Administration, Shanghai, China

Harry W.M. Steinbusch, PhD, Professor in Cellular Neuroscience, Director MH&NS - School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Director EURON - European Graduate School for Neuroscience, Department of Translational Neuroscience, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Centre, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Medical and Food Industry Experts

Sybille Buchwald-Werner, PhD, Managing Director, Vital Solutions GmbH, Langenfeld, Germany


Bruce P. Burnett, PhD, Senior Director of Compliance, Medical & Regulatory Affairs Entera Health, Inc., Cary, NC, USA

Rolf Lambert, PhD, Director, Dr. Rolf Lambert Pharma-Consulting GmbH, Zürich, Switzerland

Gail Barnes, PhD, Technical Expert on Sustainability, Processing and Product Innovation, Personify LLC, Chicago, IL, USA

Local Organizing Committee

Kathy (Shadle) James, Professor of Nursing, Researcher, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Hasmik Martirosyan, Student at University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Carmen McBride, School of Leadership & Education Science, University of San Diego, CA, USA