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4th International Conference of FFC

Functional Food Products for Chronic Diseases: Obesity, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Diabetes, and Aging

October 13–14, 2007


Functional Foods Center

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Chairman of Conference, Functional Foods Center, Associate Professor at Nutrition and Food Sciences, TWU (USA)

Sinerik N. Ayrapetyan, PhD, Professor of Biology, President of UNESCO Chair Life Sciences International Education Center  (Armenia)

UNESCO Chair Life Sciences International Educational Center

Undurti N. Das, MD, President of UND Life Sciences, Editor-in-Chief: Lipids in Health and Disease (USA)

Valery N. Zelenkov, PhD, Academician of Russian Academy of Natural Sciences (Russia). 
Natural Standard Research Collaboration Arunas B. Savitskas, MD, Lead of Department of Drug Technology and Pharmacy at Kaunas Medical University (Lithuania)  Dr. Megh Bhandari, PhD,      Hokkaido University (Japan)

Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas Woman's University

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

Parviz Ghadirian, PhD, Director of the Epidemiology Research Unit, University of Montreal Health Center (Canada)

American Botanical Council - Media Sponsor

Jaime Uribarri, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center (USA)


We are very pleased to announce the 4th International Conference, “Functional Food Products for Chronic Diseases.” The conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional foods in the prevention and treatment of Chronic Diseases. The conference will cover the advances of phytotherapy and food therapy of obesity, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and aging with a special focus on the creation of functional and medicinal foods with new properties. 

Main Conference Topics:

1. The role of nutrition in chronic disease occurrence.

2. The creation of functional and medicinal products for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, aging, and others).

3.  Non-traditional plants as a source of functional and medicinal food products.


The deadline for contributions is September1, 2007, to submit manuscripts to the organizers. Early submissions are encouraged. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors by E-mail. The proceedings of the conference will be published towards the beginning of the conference. All contributions will be reviewed, but only a limited number will be selected for the proceedings. For information concerning publications, please contact us at


We will furnish one copy of the collective work without charge to the lead author of the article (Editor: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD)


The best way to send in your contributions is by email, as an attached file. Our preferred word-processing format is Microsoft Word, version 6. Manuscripts must be single-spaced, in 12-point font (including the references and legends of tables and figures) on sheets of uniform size (preferably ISO A4) with wide margins. A title of up to 10 words (in uppercase), and the author's first and last names, department, and organization address should also appear. If there is more than one establishment involved in the work, authors' names should be linked to the appropriate establishment by the use numbers and the symbols *, †, ‡, §, and ¶ in that order. A summary giving a bulleted outline of content should appear for the introduction.

If there are any abbreviations in your article, they should be placed in brackets after the full title on the first occasion they are used.

The main body of the paper should be divided into: (a) introduction; (b) experimental, including materials and methods; (c) results, with appropriate quantification and statistical treatment of data; (d) tables and figures; (e) discussion (f) acknowledgements, including details of financial support; (g) numbered references. It is often an advantage to combine (c), (d) and (e) to gain conciseness and clarity. The discussion section should not recapitulate the results, but only discuss their implications. The number of references should not normally exceed 50, and 20–30 references are frequently adequate.


References in the paper must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. The list of references at the end of the paper should give all the authors' names and initials unless there are more than 6 authors, in which case 'et al' is used for subsequent names. This is followed by the title, abbreviated according to the "List of Journals Indexed" in Index Medicus, the year of publication, the volume number, and the first and last page numbers. References to books should give the names of any editors, place of publication, publisher and year, in place of the journal information.


An early registration fee (before June 15, 2007) of $250 per participant (vendors - $395, guests - $125 per day) will cover the Conference Proceedings (Abstracts), local transportation, and refreshments during Conference days. It will also cover as a year's worth of membership to the FFC. If you submit an article, but are unable to attend the conference, the registration fee will be waived.

Registration Category (Early Bird registrations are available until Fri., 15 June, 2007.)

  Standard Rate
FFC Members ($250 after June 15) $175.00
Non FFC Members ($350 after June 15) $250.00
Student ($250 after June 15) $175.00
Organizing Committe ($250 after June 15) $175.00
Single Day ($175 after June 15) $125.00
Vendors (2 free registrations & 1 table) $1000.00


Rooms have been reserved with the Holiday Inn Select for the  Octoberber 13-14 conference, for a special rate of US $79+ tax, per night. This rate will be available until October1, 2007. To make a reservation, please call  972-238-1900 and be sure to mention the "Functional Foods Center" to get the special rate.


Holiday Inn Select Hotel 

1655 N. Central Expresssway,

Richardson, Texas, USA


International Conference:

Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases
October 13-14, 2007 - Dallas, Texas, USA

Saturday, October 13:

8:30 a.m.

Conference Registration

Chairing: Undurti Das, MD, President and CEO, UND Life Sciences (Shaker Heights, OH, USA)

9:30 a.m.


Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD - Chairmen of Conference, Academician of the International Academy of Scientific Discoveries and Inventions, Founder of Functional Foods Center at D&A Inc. (Dallas, TX, USA)

9:45 a.m.

The Role of Gut Bacteria in Obesity.

Undurti Das, MD, President and CEO, UND Life Sciences, (Shaker Heights, OH, USA)

10:15 a.m.

The Role of Curcumin in Insulin Action and Glucose Metabolism.

Suresh T. Mathews, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program, Auburn University (AL, USA)

10:45 -11:00 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Nutraceuticals, Functional Foods and Obesity.

Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Editor-in-Chief: Nutritional Neuroscience, Texas Woman's University, (Denton, TX, USA)

11:30 -12:00 p.m.

Bioequivalence Problems of Phytopharmaceuticals: the Case of Preparation Containing Rhodiola Rosea L. Extracts.

Agn? Ku?inskait?1, Ma?gorzata Sznitowska2, Ar?nas Savickas1, Vitalis Briedis1, 1Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology and Social Pharmacy, Kaunas Medical University (Kaunas Lithuania), 2Dept. of Pharmaceutical Technology, Gdansk Medical Academy (Gdansk, Poland)

12:00-1:00 p.m.


Chairing: Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Editor-in-Chief: Nutritional Neuroscience, Texas Woman's University

1:00 p.m.

Food Consumption Pattern and Obesogenic Factors of Obese Adolescent School Girls in Owerry Municipality.

Asinobi, C., PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Faculty of Agric and Vet. Medicine, Imo State University (Owerri, Nigeria)

1:30 p.m.

Hepatoprotective Effect of Phaleria macrocarpa (Scheff.) Boerl. Ethanol Extract Against Paracetamol-Induced Liver Damage in Mice.

Phebe Hendra, Laboratory of Ecological Chemistry, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan)

2:00-2:15 p.m.


2:15 p.m.

New Dietary Guidelines (MyPyramid) in USA.

Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Associate Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, Southern University, Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Baton Rouge, LA, USA)

3:00 p.m.

The Role of Himilayan Goji Juice as a Novel Anti-Diabetic Food.

Dr. Althea Myrie, ND, Naturopath, researcher, Neuro-Lab LTD (Bournemouth, England)

3:45 p.m.

Micronutrients in Obesity: Their Role for the Disease Process. Determination of Status. Impact of Supplementation.

Ute Gola, MD, CEO of the Institute of Nutrition and Prevention in Berlin -Dr. Gola has numerous years of experience in the treatment of obesity. He is a member of the scientific board of the German Society for Nutritional Medicine (Berlin, Germany). HK Biesalski MD -He is currently heading the Department of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition at University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart, Germany)

4:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.


Sunday, October 14:

Chairing: Jairam Vanamala, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M University, (College Station, TX, USA)

9:30 a.m.

Pycnogenol in Cardiovascular Protection.

Ronald Ross Watson, PhD, Professor University of Arizona, Interim Director Division of Health Promotion Sciences Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and School of Medicine, Arizona, Health Sciences Center (Tucson, AZ, USA)

10:15 a.m.

Calorie Restriction and Aging.

Sharon Rabb PhD, ND, Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist (Dallas, TX, USA)

11:00-11:15 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

The Usage of Amaranth in Medicine and Food Industry.

Galina Magazeva, PhD; and Elena Magazeva (Moscow, Russia)

11:45 p.m.

Obesity and Colon Cancer Prevention: A Functional Food Approach.

Jairam Vanamala, PhD, Research Scientist, Center for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation Associate Member, Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Texas A&M University (College Station, TX, USA)

12:15 p.m.-1:00 pm LUNCH

Chairing: Fatemeh Malekian, PhD, Associate Professor, Food Science and Nutrition, Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, (Baton Rouge, LA, USA)

1:00 p.m.

Indonesian Plants and their Anti-Diabetic Potentials.

Maria D.P.T. Gunawan-Puteri, Laboratory of Food Biochemistry, Division of Applied Bioscience, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan)

1:30 p.m.

Salba: Nature's Perfect Whole Food Providing Cardiovascular, Digestive, and Optimal Health Solutions.

Presented by Ellie Berglund, Core Naturals (Dallas, TX, USA) Authors: Dr Vladimir Vuksan and research teams: M. DiBuoono, J.Sievenpiper, A.Jenkins, M.Stavro, R.Bazinet, S.Cunnane, Z.Xu, A.Pekazar, and others, Risk Factor Modification Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine,Universityof Toronto, Canada

2:15-2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

New and Popular Cardiovascular Medicines in the Baltic States.

Mykolas Aniunas, PhD; Drug Technology Department, Kaunas Medical University (Kaunas, Lithuania)

3:00 p.m.

Modern Point of View of Celiac Disease.

Undurti Das, MD, President and CEO, UND Life Sciences (Shaker Heights, OH, USA)

3:30 p.m.

A Novel Functional Food Product for Gluten -Free Diet.

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder of Functional Foods Center at D&A Inc., Academician of the International Academy of Scientific Discoveries and Inventions, (Dallas, TX, USA),

4:00 p.m.

Polyphenols from Fruits and Vegetables in Weight Management and Obesity Control.

Dilip Ghosh, PhD, Senior Scientist, Health & Food, The Horticulture & Food Research Institute of New Zealand Ltd. (Auckland, New Zealand)

4:30 - 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m.


Danik M. Martirosyan - Chairmen of Conference, Functional Foods Center (Dallas, TX, USA)