Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session: Functional Food Definition and the Status of Functional Foods in Japan, USA and other Countries

  • The regulations, policy, and labeling of functional foods in Japan 
  • Weaknesses and strong points of FOSHU/Food for Special Health Usage
  • What is the status of Functional Foods in the USA? Expert opinions from NIH, USDA, and FDA
  • How the new definition of Functional Foods can help to improve the status of functional foods word wide

Session: Health Claims: Nutraceutical, Functional and Medical Food Regulations

  • Regulatory issues and barriers
  • Legislation on health claims: healthy, functional and medical foods
  • Regulations, policy, and labeling of regular, functional and medical food products
  • Domestic and international regulations of health claims
  • The activities dealing with the proper labeling of foods
  • Science review of health claims
  • Authorized and Qualified health claims
  • Health Claims: How they will apply to your products and marketing campaigns

Session: Dietitians Position Regarding Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals

  • Nutritionists and dietitians perspective on functional foods 
  • Clinical use of functional and medical foods
  • Clinical use and benefits of herbs/botanicals
  • Session: ASFFBC Scholarship Recipient

Session: Young scientists including full time students and postdoc fellows selected by the organizing committee will present their research

Session: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods

  • Food-Drug Interactions
  • Safety of bioactive compounds at efficacious levels
  • Safety of  functional foods at efficacious levelsRegulatory issues and health claims

Session: Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health

Session: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases

  • Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases
  • The modern mechanisms of chronic diseases
  • Biomarkers of chronic diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on chronic diseases
  • Medical foods for chronic diseases

A: Functional Foods and Obesity

B: Functional Foods and Diabetes

C: Functional Foods and Neurological Diseases

D: Functional Foods and Cardiovascular Diseases 

E: Functional Foods and Cancer

F: Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases

Special Session: Allometric Scaling from Rodents to Humans: Session Chair: Jay Whelan, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA,  and Robert Ward  PhD (Session co-chairAssociate Professor. Department of Food Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA

  • Standardizing terminology, units, how the data should be extrapolated in a standard way
  • The principles of dose extrapolation
  • The dose-by-factor approach: Conversion of animal doses to human-equivalent doses by using FDA  guidelines
  • Deriving the first-in-human dose
  • Dosing in experimental studies
  • Dosing in children, adults and the elderly

Special Session: Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Microbiome. Session Chair: David  Sela, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA

  • Definition of a ‘healthy’ gut microbiome
  • Diet and the intestinal microbiome
  • Breast milk bioactives and their influence on the infant microbiome
  • Impact of polyphenols on a gut model microbiome
  • Probiotics and intestinal immunomodulation
  • Modification of the intestinal microbiota by the application of bioactive compounds and functionall foods

Special Session: Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos. Session ChairJanos 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

  • DietaryRNAs and non-coding RNAs
  • Dietary exosomes 
  • MicroRNAs from foods
  • MicroRNAs are bioactive compounds
  • Bioavailability of MicroRNAs 

Special Session: Immunomodulation by Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging. Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta, MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA

  • The immune system:  a target for functional food products 
  • Modulation of the gut microbiota by diet

  • Relationships between the gut microbiota, chronic disease and aging
  • The effects of gut microbiota to human physiology including nutrient absorption and immune function
  • Probiotics and prebiotics: their influence on health and disease
  • Opportunities to target the ageing through functional food products

Session: Functional Foods for Chronic Inflammation: Science and Practice. Session Co-chair: 

  • Food ingredients and nutraceuticals for chronic inflammation
  • Functional and medical foods in the management of chronic inflammation
  • Bioactive compounds (vitamins, minerals, etc.) and chronic inflammation
  • Bioactive compounds and foods in prevention of chronic inflammation; Role in tissue regeneration and disease prevention
  • The effects of bioactive compounds on biomarkers of chronic inflammation

Session: Application of Modern Technologies for Functional Foods. Session Chair: 

  • New technologies in food industry: application for functional foods
  • Nutritional analyses of functional foods
  • Development of new formulations, labels, and recipes
  • Breaking news updates and opinions in food technology
  • NIH dietary supplement label database

Session: Current Marketing Strategies of Functional Foods

  • Risks in marketing healthy food products
  • Limitation of existing nutrition and health claims
  • Opportunities in marketing the healthy and functional foods
  • Market and consumer trends of functional foods and nutritional supplements

  • Pre- and post- market strategy for functional foods

  • Marketing functional foods in Europe, USA, Japan, and other countries

Session: Functional Foods in Sports Nutrition

  • How to create new functional foods for athletes
  • Bioactive ingredients for sport nutrition
  • Functional beverages for replenishment of water and electrolytes
  • Functional foods to aid in muscle recovery

Session: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products. Session chair: 

  • Incentives for functional food research and development
  • Consumer acceptance of functional food products
  • Functional food composition and dietary intake databases
  • Food vehicles for delivery bioactive compounds
  • Research, development and marketing of new functional food products