Welcome Letter

We are pleased to announce the 13th International Conference of Functional Foods. It will be held from the 11th to the 12th of May, 2013 in Kyoto, an old capital of Japan.

The term "functional foods" originated in Japan. Research and development of functional foods is a very interesting field, but success is difficult. In fact, legitimate functional food products are scarce in the market here in Japan, or anywhere in the world. Nevertheless, it is still important to continue the valuable research in this field. Research on bioactive compounds in common foods is especially important, because these results provide guidelines to incorporate healthy foods in our daily diet.

Successful study and production of medical foods is a little bit easier, since medicinal treatment is historically well accepted and is a widespread tradition. In fact, the term "Yaku-Shoku Doh-Gen" (which means the root of Medicine and Food is the same) is very popular in Asian countries, including Japan. It then seems very fitting that the first international conference in this series held outside the United States should take place in Japan.

In this conference, we will discuss Functional and Medical Foods from various points of view. On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 13th International Conference of Functional Foods, I cordially invite everyone interested in the field of Functional and Medical Foods to take part in this event, and to reserve extra time for enjoying the charming atmosphere of old Kyoto. We invite you to experience its numerous historical monuments and interesting surroundings during the best season of the year.

I am looking forward to seeing each of you in Kyoto.


Hoyoku Nishino, M.D., Ph.D. 

Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine