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10th International Conference of FFC

Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice

March 13-15, 2012,  University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

We are very pleased to announce the 10th International Conference "Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice". It will be held at the University of UCSB, in California, USA.

  University of UCSB

Welcome to University of California, Santa Barbara

The conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional foods and bioactive compounds in the prevention and management  of chronic diseases.


1. Bioactive Food Compounds: Sources and  Potential Benefits in Health
2. Bioactive Food Compounds and Public Health
3. Bioactive Food Compounds and Chronic Diseases
4. Role of Bioactive Food Compounds in Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics
5. Science and Practice: Functional Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases: Obesity, Diabetes, CVD, Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
6. Research and Development of Functional Food Products

For detailed information about conference topics, please click here. 

Registration fees:

  Standard Rate
Full Time Students* and PhD Students* $275.00
Registered Dietitians* and Nurses* $345.00
Representatives of Governmental Organizations (NIH, FDA, USDA) $395.00
Members of Industry (Food and Medical Industry) $495.00
Members of Academia $595.00
Vendors $675.00

*Letter of verification required by E-mail 

Please note: space at this conference is limited and  will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

HOTEL INFORMATION: Special Hotel Pricing Available: Rooms have been reserved with the hotel "Ramada Limited" in Santa Barbara. Attendees may call the hotel at 805-964-3511 or 800-654-1965, and mention being a part of the UCSB Functional Foods in Health and Disease Conference group to reserve their rooms. Reservations for March 13-15, 2012 are available at the conference special rate of US $99 + tax per night or $119 + tax. This rate is available until April 22, 2012. The hotel will provide FREE Shuttle Service, to and from UCSB once a day. Hotel Features: free airport shuttle, free continental breakfast, free high-speed Internet, and pool.

Hotel Location: 4770 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, USA. Ph: 805-964-3511, Fax: 805-964-0075, web: . Contact to Drew Wakefield directly via emai at: 

For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at For international calls, please use  (1)-469-441-8272.

Conference Program

Tuesday, March 13, 2012


8:00-9:00 am

Conference Registration


9:00-9:15 am

Conference Opening

Co-chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA 

Co-chairman: Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor,  Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA

Session 1. Bio-active Food Compounds and Public Health

Session Chair: Francesco Marotta, PhD, MD

 9:15-9:45 am

 The impact of the recently-acquired GRAS status of Cissus quadrangularis and Irvingia gabonensis on functional food research in Cameroon

Julius Oben, PhD, Professor (Keynote Speaker), Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, Yaonde, Cameroon

9:45-10:10 am

Prolonged use of a novel antioxidant reverses age-specific increase in oxidative stress, lipogenesis, and loss of skeletal muscle mass in mice

Indrani Sinha-Hikim, PhD, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science,  Los Angeles, CA, USA; David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA

10:10-10:35 am

Soy protein extract inhibits oral cancer growth: potential for nutrition therapy and prevention

Karl Kingsley, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Nevada, USA

10:35-10:50 am



 10:50-11:05 am

 Effect of calcium and boron foliar application  and bagging on carotenoids content in mango fruits ‘Nam Dok Mai Si thong’ (Mangifera indica L.)

 Peerasak Chaiprasart, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center of Excellence in Postharvest  Technology, Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand
 11:05-11:20 am  Resveratrol anti-oxidant function in skin  Jagdeo Jagdeo, MD, Dermatology Service, Sacramento  VAMC at Mather, Mather, CA;  Department of  Dermatology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center,  Brooklyn, NY, USA

11:20-11:35 am

Nutritional manipulations for enhancing conjugated linoleic acid: A unique functional food aspect of bovine milk for better health

Muhammad Aasif Shahzad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Animal Nutrition and Feed Technology, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

11:35-12:00 am

Metabolic Energy Homeostasis and Neuro-Immune Endocrine Triggers in Chronic Inflammatory Diseases

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, WHO-Center for Biotech and Traditional Medicine, University of Milano, Italy

12:00 – 1:00 pm



Session 2:  Bioactive Food Compounds: Sources and Potential Benefits in Health

Session Chair: Kenneth Blum, PhD, Professor

 1:00-1:30 pm

 Pomegranate, an ancient fruit with anti-  inflammatory effects

 Alois Jungbauer, PhD, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna, Vienna,  Austria

 1:30-1:55 pm

 Withdrawal associated with Buprenorphine/  naloxone and putative maintenance with a  natural dopaminergic agonist [KB220Z™]

 Kenneth Blum, PhD, Professor, University of  Florida,  College of  Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA

 1:55-2:10 pm

 Antihypertensive and ant oxidative effect of  different food protein sources - Effect of  household preparation and digestion

 Ida-Johanne Jensen, PhD student, Norwegian College  of Fishery Science, University of Tromso, Norway

2:10-2:25 pm

Hydrolyzed whey protein enhance the heat shock protein (HSP70) in soleus of rats

Carolina Moura, PhD Student, Lusiano Bruno, PhD, Professor, University of UniCamp, Brazil

 2:25-2:45 pm  Polyphenolic and probiotic ingredients of  common foods in Turkish diet and their health benefit  Gulcin Celep, PhD, Division of Food and Nutrition  Technology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

2:45-3:00 pm




Session 3 A: Bio-active Food Compounds and Chronic Diseases

Session Chair: Ahmed El Fouhil, MD, PhD

3:00-3:25 pm

Brain-Targeted grape polyphenols as novel therapeutic agents in Alzheimer’s disease treatment

Giulio Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Professor, (Keynote Speaker),Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA

3:25-3:45 pm

An extract from date seeds having a hypoglycemic effect: is it safe to use?

Ahmed El Fouhil, MD, PhD, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

3:45-4:10 pm

Protection from dietary fat-induced liver damage by whey protein in mice

Howard G. Shertzer, PhD, Professor, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA

4:10-4:25 pm

Flavonoids and phenolic acids from pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum L.) based foods and their functional implications

Vanisha S Nambiar, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

4:25 pm







Wednesday, March 14, 2012



Session 3 B: Bioactive Food Compounds and Chronic Diseases

Session Chair: Chaowu Xiao, PhD, Canada

9:00-9:30 am

Prevention of Alzheimer's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by vitamin D3 and Omega-3 fatty acids

Milan Fiala, MD, Professor (Keynote Speaker), UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

9:30-9:55 am

Supplementation with soy isoflavones or partial replacement of dietary casein by soy proteins changed hepatic lipid metabolism and gene expression

Chaowu Xiao, PhD, Bureau of Nutritional Sciences, Food Directorate, Health Products and Food Branch, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

9:55-10:15 am

Sauerkraut, traditional food as ERa/AhR modulator

Svjetlana Medjakovic, PhD, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

10:15-10:35 am

Conjugated linoleic acid alters lipid metabolism in hepatocytes

Anna Iannone, MD, PhD, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy

10:35-10:50 am



 10:50-11:10 am

 Differential effects of tea extracts on growth  and cytokine production by normal and leukemic human leukocytes

 Lisa A. Beltz, PhD, Kent State University at  Tuscarawas, New Philadelphia, OH, USA


Session 4: Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases

Session Chair: Emma S. Tomlinson-Guns, PhD

 11:10 -11:50 am

 Health promotion by lactoferrin

Hoyoku Nishino, MD, PhD., Professor, (Keynote Speaker), Ritsumeikan University R-GIRO, Nojihigashi, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan

 11:50-12:15 pm

Tanshinones protect against hypoxia-induced myocardial cell injury through regulating mitochondrial apoptosis pathway

Hyouju Jin, PhD, Health Innovations Research Institute, Melbourne, Australia

 12:15-12:40 pm

Studies on vivo effects of sea buckthorn wine on hypercholesterolemia

Gargi Dey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Jaypee University of Information Technology Waknaghat, District Solan, India

 12:40-1:00 pm

 Effect of banana on glycaemic index

Selladurai Pirasath, MD, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

 12:45-1:45 pm


 1:45-2:10 pm

Sulforaphane, a natural constituent of broccoli, activates survival signaling in  nontumorigenic NCM460 colon cells but apoptotic signaling in tumorigenic HCT116 colon cells

Huawei Zeng, PhD, USDA, ARS, Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, Grand Forks, ND, USA

2:10-2:35 pm

Lipid Replacement Therapy using ATP Fuel, a glycophospholipid formulation with NTFactor, NADH and CoQ10.

Ellithorpe Rita, MD, The Tustin Longevity Center, Tustin, CA, USA

2:35-2:50 pm

Whey protein increases liver, myocardial and skeletal muscle glycogen level in rats

Priscila Neder Morato, PhD Student, Luciano Bruno, PhD, Professor, University of Campinas, Brazil

2:50-3:15 pm

Beyond Parkinson’s: a new physiological role in weight loss for Substantia Nigra?

Yi Zhang, PhD, College of Medicine University of Florida, FL, USA

 3:15-3:30 pm


3:15-3:35 pm

Evidence for drug related disruption of vitamin D3 homeostasis

Emma S. Tomlinson Guns, PhD, Associate Professor, Vancouver Prostate Centre, University of British Columbia, Canada

3:35-3:55 pm

A rare, wild Yichun blue honeysuckle (Lonicera caerulea L.) berry contains high level of anthocyanins and has strong antioxidant activity

Mianying Wang, PhD, Unioversity of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Department of Pathology, Rockford, IL, USA

 3:55-4:15 pm

 Slow-aging with botanicals

Mahtab Jafari,  Pharm D, Associate Professor, Director, Pharmaceutical Sciences Undergraduate Program, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA, USA

 4:15-4:30 pm Glycation of plasma proteins in diabetes lowers the non-covalent interaction affinities for dietary polyphenols Jianbo Xiao, PhD, Department of Biology, College of Life and Environment Science, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, PR China
 4:30 pm  Closing

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Session 5: Research and Development of Functional Food Products.

Session Chair: Danik Martirosyan

9:00-9:25 am


Synergistic enhancement of postprandial energy expenditure by a combination of various functional food ingredients

Harunobu Amagase, PhD, FreeLife International, Phoenix, AZ, USA

9:25-9:50 am Antioxidant activity of rice bran added goat meat sausages  Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA

9:50-10:15 am

Brown seaweeds as a source of functional ingredients

Mateos-Aparicio Inmaculada, PhD, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

 10:15-10:35 am

Development of prebiotic based functional beverage and assessment of its post- prandial glycemic response in healthy human subjects

 Muhammad Nasir, PhD, Department of Food and  Nutrition, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan 

10:35-11:00 am

Antioxidant properties of Maillard reaction products (MRPs) from chitosan and β- lactoglobulin conjugates

Angeles Heras, PhD, Professor, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

 11:00-11:10 am


11:10-12:40 pm

Session 6: Posters Presentation Session and Workshop


12:40-1:00 pm

Conference Closing

Conference Topics

1. Bio-active Food Compounds: Sources and Potential Benefits in Health.

2. Bio-active Food Compounds and Public Health

  • Food, Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • Bio-active Compounds - Nutritional prospective
  • Bio-active Compounds - Evolutionary Perspective
  • Bio-active Compounds in Health and Disease

3. Bio-active Food Compounds and Chronic Diseases

  • Bio-active Food Compounds and Obesity
  • Bio-active Food Compounds and Diabetes
  • Bio-active Food Compounds and Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Bio-active Food Compounds and Cancer
  • Bio-active Food Compounds and other Chronic Diseases

4. Role of Bio-active Food Compounds in Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics

5. Science and Practice: Functional Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases: Obesity, Diabetes, CVD, Cancer and CVD, Cancer and other Chronic Diseases.

  • The epidemiology and health economics of chronic diseases
  • The modern mechanisms and contributing factors of chronic diseases
  • Modern diets for chronic diseases: prevention and control
  • Functional Foods for the prevention and management of chronic diseases     

6. Research and Development of Functional Food Products.

  • Formulating a new functional food products with bio-active compounds for health maintenance
  • Formulating a new functional and medical food products with bio-active compounds for the management of chronic diseases (experimental ant clinical studies)
  • New functional food products for the prevention of chronic diseases
  • Herbs and non-traditional plants as a source of functional food products

Conference Organizing Committee

Co-chairman: Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor, from the Department of Molecular Pathology, President of Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA (A Nobel Prize nominee - Garth Nicolson is the world's leading authority on cellular medicine, author of more than 600 medical and scientific publications)

Co-chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder of Functional Food Center, Research Associate Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University, TX, USA

Scientific Committee:

Donald Harn, PhD, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Hoyoku Nishino, MD, PhD, Professor, Ritsumeikan University and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan 

Robert H. Lerman, MD, PhD, Director of Medicine and Extramural Clinical Research, Functional Medicine Research Center, USA

Kenneth Blum, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA

Milan Fiala, MD, Research Professor, Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology, President of Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA

Wen-Jun Shen, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas Woman's University, USA

Tao Wu, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Alexander B. Niculescu, III, MD, PhD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA

International Advisory Committee:

Emma Guns, PhD, Vancouver Prostate Center, Department of Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Christian Garbe, PhD, Managing Director, FIZ Frankfurter Innovationszentrum, Biotechnologie GmbH, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Daniela Maria Alves Chaud, MD, Professor, Presbiteriana Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ahmed F El Fouhil, MD, PhD, Professor, Director of Research Committee, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Puthepurakkal K.Sasidharan, MD, Professor and Head, Department of Medicine, Calicut Medical College, Kerala, India

Pathirage Kamal Perera, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, China Pharmaceutical University, China, and Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Gulcin Celep, PhD, Gazi University Industrial Arts Education Faculty, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, Head of Nutrition and Food Technology Division, Turkiye 

Luciano Bruno de Carvalho Silva, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Nutrition, Federal University of Alfenas, Alfenas, Brazil

Munshi Younis, MD, Assistant Director, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir, India 

Mercedes G. López. PhD, Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Guanajuato, Mexico

Conference Local Committee:

Sabina A. White, Director of Health and Wellness Program at the University of California Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Julie Miller, University of California Santa Barbara, Conference Services, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Drew Wakefield,  Director, Ramada Limited, Santa Barbara, California, USA

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