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