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22nd International Conference of FFC - 10th International Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice


September 22-23, 2017, at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 22nd International Conference "Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers". The conference will be held in Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School Boston, USA on September 22-23, 2017. This conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases. Conference organized by FFC and Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session Topics:

  • Functional Food Definition and the Status of Functional Foods in Japan, US and other Countries
  • Functional Foods and Obesity
  • Functional Foods and Diabetes
  • Functional Foods and Neurological Diseases
  • Functional Foods and Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)
  • Functional Foods and Cancer
  • Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases
  • Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods
  • Biomarkers and Functional Food
  • Special Session: Functional Food, Microbiome and Cancer
  • Special Session: Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos
  • Special session: Engineering bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds
  • Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products


  Early Bird Registration
(until March 30, 2017)
Discounted Rate
(until July 31, 2017)
Standard Rate
Full-Time Students* 295.00 345.00 N/A
Dietitians and Retired Professionals* 345.00 445.00 N/A
USDA, NIH, FDA 445.00 495.00 N/A
Academic 545.00 645.00 N/A
Commercial (Food and Medical Industry) 645.00 745.00 N/A
Exhibitor/Vendor 845.00 1045.00 N/A
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 49.00 N/A
Explore Boston and Networking N/A 55.00 N/A


Accepted Abstracts

  1. Garlic essential oil provides lead discharging effect on human body, an efficacy and mechanism study. Feng B, Hui RJ, Tu YF, Wang HF, Xuan JG
  2. Impact of daily consumption of wheat germ on human health: a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Moreira-Rosário A, Pinheiro H, Marques C, Norberto S, Sintra D, Teixeira JA, Calhau C, Azevedo LF
  3. Sustained safety and efficacy of a novel KD120 MEC multi-enzyme complex (N-Sorb®) in human volunteers. Downs BW, Kushner S, Bagchi M, Swaroop A, Bagchi D
  4. Potential implications for dietary HDAC inhibitors in the heart. Ferguson B, Bender A, Evans L
  5. Clinical evaluation of a standardized Prunus Domestica Extract on benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) in male volunteers. Sankhwar SN, Verma N, Patel N, Swaroop A, Kumar P, Bagchi M, Preuss HG, Bagchi D
  6. Blood pressure regulation: evidence for interplay between common dietary sugars and table salt. Preuss HG, Bagchi D, Swaroop A
  7. Effect of vitamin C supplementation on oxidant and antioxidant status in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Mirmiranpour H, Salehi SS, Nakhjavani M, Esteghamati A, Larry M, Hashemi P, Salehi SS
  8. Effect of cranberry extract on hepatic and intestinal cytochromes P450 in normal and obese mice – in vivo study. Ulrichova J, Liskova B, Anzenbacher P, Tomankova V, Jourova L, Bousova I, Skalova L, Matouskova P, Martin J, Anzenbacherova E
  9. Safety and free testosterone boosting efficacy of a novel Curculigo orchioides extract in male rats. Bagchi M, Chopra K, Dharavath RN, Swaroop A, Kumar P, Preuss HG, Bagchi D,
  10. Water infused with molecular hydrogen increases skin NADH. Perricone NV, Pugliese PT
  11. Effects of Jerusalem artichoke snack bar on gastric emptying on colon transit: a randomized crossover trial. Ornthanalai N, Gonlachanvit S, Chaiseri S, Chaiwatanarat T, Shiratori S, Sirisansaneeyakul S, Horkaew P, Kanungsukkasem V
  12. Analysis of the absorption of drugs in hydrogels for treatments of skin cancer using nanotechnology. Rangel-Vazquez N, Villanueva-Garcia DN
  13. Activity of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) based diet against alloxan - induced diabetes in rats. Ajayi OB, Ajayi OO, Oyerinde AS
  14. Metadichol ® a novel VDR inverse agonist and control of hypertension in patients with metabolic syndrome. Raghavan PR
  15. Randomized controlled trial of food elimination for treatment of primary headache in children. Taheri , Cader I, Seabrook J, Mazza E, De Vries M, Campbell C
  16. Ribes nigrum L. (Grossulariaceae) and Sambus nigra L. (Adoxaceae) extracts enhance growth and inhibit apoptosis in rat L6 cells. Wicks S, Mahady G, Patel S, Lawal TO, Salamon I, Raut N
  17. Charnolosome-antioxidant interaction in health and disease. Sharma S
  18. Lysophosphatidic acid promotes the tube formation of human dermal lymphatic endothelial cells in an MMP-activity-dependent manner. Sato T
  19. Hydrogen: an emerging medical gas with clinical significance. LeBaron TW
  20. Is the biological system of the elements a scientific and practical tool for functional food therapy on chronic diseases? – Lithium accumulating food being given to patients of bipolar disorders might represent a beneficial relationship for curing a chronic neurological disease. Markert B, Wuenschmann S, Fraenzle S
  21. Mitigating the symptoms of chronic diseases through the administration of probiotics. Hall S
  22. Physicochemical engineering of macronutrient digestibility and control of bioactive release in the human gastrointestinal tract. Lesmes U
  23. Understanding the use of bioactive compound for the reduction of inflammation and oxidative stress using nutrigenomics. Nambiar U
  24. Aloin prevents osteoclastogenesis via downregulation of microRNA-21. Madhyastha R
  25. Cognitive enhancing effects of aqueous extract of two medicinal plants (Tetrapleura tetraptera and Quassia undulata) in scopolamine. Koledoye O
  26. Designing biopolymer microgels for encapsulation, protection, and release of bioactives. David Julian McClements DJ, and Zhang Z
  27. The fermentation with lactic acid bacteria further enhances the immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties of a Carica Papaya Linn formulation in comparison with yeast fermentation. Caliceti C, Fortini F, Aquila G, Pagnotta E, Ugolini L, Simoni P, Calabria D, Roda A, and Rizzo P
  28. Red raspberry consumption suppresses NLRP3 inflammasome and attenuates metabolic syndromes in diet-induced obese mice. Zhu MJ, Kang Y, Xue Y, Liang X, and Du M
  29. Messenger RNAs in bovine milk exosomes are translated into bovine proteins in non-bovine systems (subject to change). Di Wu
  30. Putative roles of adipocyte-derived exosomes in colon cancer risk (subject to change). Upadhyaya B
  31. Real time in vivo monitoring of green tea polyphenol (−)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate’s effect in resolving neutrophil-mediated inflammation in transgenic zebrafish. Nguyen TL, and Mohan C
  32. DNA methyltransferase 1-targeting microRNA-148a of dairy milk: a potential bioactive modifier of the human epigenome. Melnik B
  33. Functional characterization of specific immune response and comparison of oral and intestinal human microbiota in patients with colorectal cancer after treatment with probiotic / prebiotic. Amedei A
  34. Lentinula edodes and Pleurotus ostreatus: functional food with antioxidant -antimicrobial activity and an important source of Vitamin D and medicinal compounds. Parola S
  35. New approaches to changing healthy life expectations: functional food in Turkey. Sezgin D
  36. Association between metabolic syndrome and polyunsaturated fatty acids in elderly. Schwanke C
  37. Functional properties of red-aroeira or pink pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi). Gottlieb M
  38. Encapsulation of vitamin D 3 in emulsion-based delivery systems using microfibrillated cellulose extracted from mangosteen rind. Winuprasith T
  39. Effects of fermentation on the nutritional and anti-nutritional components of cooked/boiled water melon (Citrullus Lanatus) seed. Makinde O
  40. Processing as a tool to modify natural and create process-induced barriers in plant-based foods with the aim of tailoring food digestion. Grauwet T
  41. Anti-inflammatory activity of peptide fractions obtained from casein hydrolysate generated by cell envelope proteinase PrtS purified from S. thermophilus LMD-9-ΔsrtA strain. Hafeez Z
  42. Aqueous extract of crataegus monogyna with aerobic training improves angiogenic mediators. Dehghan F, Daloii AA, Soori R, Azarbayjani MA
  43. Evaluation of the hazelnuts as functional food: molecular effects of long term maceration raw kernel extract in HepG2 human hepatocarcinoma cell line. Santi C, Benassi B, Diretto G, De Murtas O, Pacchierotti F, and Bachetta L
  44. Insight into the biochemical link between biodiversity and nutraceuticals: a case study of Carica papaya. Vora J, Pednekar S
  45. Bio-fortification of Brassica micro-greens: towards development of a nutritionally enhanced micro-green melange for non-communicable disease prevention. Loedolff B
  46. Kefir effect on metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and obesity in adults and elderly: A systematic review. Schwanke C
  47. Effect of YH0618 soup on chemotherapy-induced toxicity in cancer patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Chen J
  48. Beneficial effect of original powdered fermented papaya preparation (fpp-ori) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome , inflammatory molecules and amino-acid network. A weapon for degerenrative disease? Marotta F
  49. Bioaccessibility of polyphenols – limitations and opportunities. Shpigelman A
  50. The effect of fermented buckwheat on producing L-carnitine and Gamma-aminobutyric acid enriched designer eggs. Kim D
  51. Multiplicity and selectivity in biomedical research: a view of a statistician. Kipnis V
  52. Bioactive compounds from walnut (Juglans regia L.) septum extracts: antioxidant and cytotoxic activity. Rusu M
  53. MicroRNAs in chicken egg exosomes: content and bioavailability in healthy humans. Fratantonio D
  54. The communication of animal and bacterial kingdoms through exosomes and their RNA cargos in bovine milk. Zempleni J
  55. Spent coffee grounds activate intestinal motility and are safe upon chronic treatment. Radiographic and histological study in rats. Iriondo-DeHond A
  56. Lipid biomarkers for validation of spent coffee grounds as a healthy dietary fiber. del Castillo M
  57. Decreased levels of putative heart protective metabolites in heart tissues of rats fed a vitamin B6 deficient diet: a metabolomics approach. Kumrungsee T
  58. Effect of moringa and maize flour blending ratio on the functional, nutritional and sensory quality of wheat based biscuit. Birhanu E
  59. What’s in your dietary fiber supplement? An updated look at the dietary supplement label database (DSLD) for determining total dietary fiber consumption in community oncology health care practices. Emenaker N
  60. Synergistic application of tea extract and lactic acid bacterial fermentation in enhancing bioavailability and anti-oxidative effectiveness of tea flavonoids in vitro and in vivo. Zhao D
  61. Insights into bioavailability and microbial catabolism of grape polyphenols in mice using an efficient UPLC-Triple quadrupole-MS/MS method. Zhao D
  62. Effects of gut microbiota modulation on performance of professional athletes. Angle E
  63. Challenging of finding a new type of calmodulin inhibitors. Kumrungsee T
  64. Characterization of a new functional extracellular vesicle subset in commercial dairy cow milk with protein and small RNA profiles different from canonical milk exosomes. Benmoussa M
  65. Instant pectin from sea grass Phyllospadix iwatensis as a key ingredient of the functional food with radioisotope-removing properties. Khotimchenko M
  66. Polysaccharides from two medicinal mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum and Poria cocos reveal prebiotic effects in mice. Hsiao W
  67. How much weight loss is expected after each type of bariatric surgery procedure?. Mobarki H
  68. In adults’ athletics and what is the time, energy, and macronutrient requirement to gain lean body mass?. Alhindi A
  69. Beneficial effect on original powdered fermented papaya preparation (FPP-ORI) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome, inflammatory molecules and amino-acid network. A weapon for degenerative disease? Marotta F
  70. Processed food addiction: evidence for a role in the obesity epidemic. Ifland J
  71. Aegeline vs statin in the treatment of Hypercholesterolemia: A comprehensive study in rat model of liver steatosis. Singh A
  72. Production of innovative Cistus Creticus leaf-flavored extra virgin olive oil based products of industrial interest with functional activity. Charalampia D, Dimitrios K, Makoudis, Panagioti, Charalampos K
  73. Correlation of specific functional foods consumption with anthropometric characteristics and body composition on a sample of 18-65 years old aged adults from Greece. Charalampia D, Ioannis D, Vaia D, Nikolaos R, Koutelidakis A
  74. Chemical compositions and bioactivities of essential oils from eleven Curcuma species. Zhang L, Zhou R, Zheng X and Du Z
  75. The role of probiotics in microbial resistance treatment and why they should be added to the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Bentley R, Brown LT, Garcia E, Dregansky G
  76. Intake of antioxidant dietary fiber from spent coffee grounds improves the circadian rhythm and body weight management in human adults. del Castillo
  77. Composition of recombinant Lactococcus bacteria ameliorate the symptoms of EAE - multiple sclerosis animal model, in rats. Szczepankowska A

Conference Awards

The conference will have the following awards, which will be announced and presented during the conference closing session.

  • Best Oral and Poster Presentation Awards
  • Best Full Paper Award
  • Best Special Session Organizer Award
  • Best Oral and Poster Presentation Award

The author of an awarded presentation will be entitled to:

  • A signed official award certificate;
  • The announcement of their achievement on a special conference webpage;
  • One year membership of the ASFFBC. If already an ASFFBC member, then this offer adds one year to her/his current membership.
  • A personal voucher for a 50% reduced registration fee in one event sponsored by FFC, valid during a 12-month period. This voucher is only available if the presenter attends the closing session and receives the award.

Best Full Paper Award

Best full article will be chosen from participants who submit their full article to the journal of Functional foods in Health and Disease. Article should be generally accepted for publication (decision will be made by the Editorial Team of journal).

Best Special Session Organizer Award

Special sessions are small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations with a highly specialized theme. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 7) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics.

Selection Criteria

The awards will be presented to the author(s) of the paper, selected by the Conference Committee and Session Chairs.

The decision criterion will consider both the paper quality and the presentation quality (feedback given by main conference organizers, session chairs, and organizing committee members at the conference venue).


Main Conference Organizers:

Jin-Rong (Joseph) Zhou, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA

Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Janos Zempleni, Ph.D, 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

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

Uri Lesmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Bioactives Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.


Conference Program 

September 22, 2017

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-8:50 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Jin-Rong (Joseph) Zhou, Co-chairman: Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Danik Martirosyan, Co-chairman, PhD: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA.

Session 1: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session chairs: Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA.

8:50-9:15 Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, USA. FFC's Advancement of functional food definition.

9:15-9:40 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Regulation of functional foods in USA and Japan.

9:40-10:05 (Special Lecture) Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA. Water infused with molecular hydrogen increases skin NADH.

10:05-10:15 Coffee Break

Session 2: Engineering bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds. Special Session Chair: Uri Lesmes, PhD, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.

10:15 -10:35 David Julian McClements, PhD, Distinguished Professor, (expert on delivery of bioactives via food emulsions and novel particulates) Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Chair, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA. Designing biopolymer microgels for encapsulation, protection, and release of bioactives.

10:35-10:55 Tara Grauwet, PhD, Laboratory of Food Technology, Department of Microbial and Molecular systems, KU Leuven, Belgium. Processing as a tool to modify natural and create process-induced barriers in plant-based foods with the aim of tailoring food digestion.

10:55-11:15 Avi Shpigelman, PhD, Laboratory for novel food and bioprocessing, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel. Bioaccessibility of polyphenols – limitations and opportunities.

11:15-11:40 Uri Lesmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Bioactives Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Physicochemical engineering of macronutrient digestibility and control of bioactive release in the human gastrointestinal track.


Session 3. Microbiome: Health and Cancer. Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

11:40-12:00 Amedeo Amedei, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini, Florence, Italy. Functional characterization of specific immune response and comparison of oral and intestinal human microbiota in patients with colorectal cancer after treatment with probiotic / prebiotic.

12:00:12:20 Danyue Zhao, PhD, New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program, Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Insights into bioavailability and microbial catabolism of grape polyphenols in mice using an efficient UPLC-Triple quadrupole-MS/MS method.

12:20- 13:05 Lunch

13:05-1:25 Erika Angle, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, Ixcela: The Internal Fitness Company, Bedford, MA, USA. Effects of Gut Microbiota Modulation on Performance of Professional Athletes.

13:25-13:45 W.L.Wendy Hsiao, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China. Polysaccharides from two medicinal mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum and Poria cocos reveal prebiotic effects in mice.

13:45-14:10 Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda MD, USA. Functional food, microbiome, aging and cancer.

Session 4: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases. session Chairs: Jin-Rong Zhou, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, and Palayakotai Raghavan, PhD, Nanorx Inc. NY, USA.

a. Neurological Diseases

14:10-14:30 Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (EISN), Haren, Erika, Germany. Is the biological system of the elements a scientific and practical tool for functional food therapy on chronic diseases? – Lithium accumulating food being given to patients of bipolar disorders might represent a beneficial relationship for curing a chronic neurological disease.

14:30-14:50 Cristiana Caliceti, PhD, Laboratory of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. The fermentation with lactic acid bacteria further enhances the immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties of a Carica Papaya Linn formulation in comparison with yeast fermentation.

14:50-15:00 Coffee Break

b. Cardiovascular Diseases

15:00-15:25 Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Blood Pressure Regulation: Evidence for interplay between common dietary sugars and table salt.

15:25-15:45 Bradley Ferguson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Vet Sciences, The University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, USA. Potential implications for dietary HDAC inhibitors in the heart.

15:45-16:05 Chiara Santi, PhD, Department of Sustainable productive and territorial systems, Laboratory of Bioprocesses and Bio products, ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Rome, Italy. Evaluation of the hazelnuts as functional food: molecular effects of long maceration raw kernel extract in HepG2 human hepatocarcinoma cell line.

16:05-16:25 Hossein Mirmiranpour, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran. Effect of vitamin C supplementation on oxidant and antioxidant status in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus.

16:25-16:50 Palayakotai Raghavan, PhD, Nanorx Inc. NY, USA. Metadichol ® a novel VDR inverse agonist and control of Hypertension in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome.


16:50-17:30 Session 5: Poster Session

17:30 Conference Closing

17:30-19:00 - Networking Banquet 

September 23, 2017

Session 6: Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos. Special Session Chair: Janos Zempleni, PhD, Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA.

8:00-8:25 Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany. DNA methyltransferase 1-targeting microRNA-148a of dairy milk: a potential bioactive modifier of the human epigenome.

8:25-8:45 Deborah Fratantonio, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA. MicroRNAs in chicken egg exosomes: content and bioavailability in healthy humans.

8:45-9:05 M. Abderrahim Benmoussa, PhD candidate, Department of Microbiology-Infectious Disease and Immunity, and Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. Characterization of a new functional extracellular vesicle subset in commercial dairy cow milk with protein and small RNA profiles different from canonical milk exosomes.

9:05-9:30 Janos Zempleni, Ph.D, Willa Cather Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA. The communication of animal and bacterial kingdoms through exosomes and their RNA cargos in bovine milk.

9:30-9:40 Coffee Break

Session 7: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.

9:40-10:00 Sepideh Taheri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Academic Paediatrics, University of Western Ontario, Consultant Paediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada. Randomized controlled trial of food elimination for treatment of primary headache in children.

10:00-10:20 Sean Hall, MD, CEO of Medlab Clinical LTD, Sydney Australia. Mitigating the symptoms of chronic diseases through the administration of probiotics.

10:20-10:40 Joan Ifland, PhD, MBA, CEO, Food Addiction Training, LLC, Cincinnati, OH, USA. Processed Food addiction: Evidence for a role in the obesity epidemic.

10:40-11:00 Zeeshan Hafeez, PhD, UR AFPA-équipe PB2P, Université de Lorraine-INRA UC 340, Faculté des Sciences et Technologies, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex, France. Anti-inflammatory activity of peptide fractions obtained from casein hydrolysate generated by cell envelope proteinase PrtS purified from S. thermophilus LMD-9-ΔsrtA strain.

11:00-11:20 Simone Parola, PhD, PreventPCB srl, Vergiate (VA) Italy; University of Insubria, Department of Biotecnologie e Scienze Della Vita (DBSV), Vergiate, VA, 21029, Italy. Lentinula edodes and Pleurotus ostreatus: functional food with antioxidant - antimicrobial activity and an important source of Vitamin D and medicinal compounds.

11:20-11:45 Uwe Albrecht, MD, Mediconomics GmbH, Hannover, Germany. Detoxification: Natural scavenger clinoptilolite for removal of heavy metals from the body.

11:45-12:30 Lunch


Session 8: Bioactive food compounds: sources and potential health benefits. Session Chair: Nancy J. Emenaker, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

12:30-12:55 Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy. Beneficial effect of original powdered fermented papaya preparation (fpp-ori) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome, inflammatory molecules and amino-acid network. A weapon for degerenrative disease?

12:55-13:15 Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA. Safety and free testosterone boosting efficacy of a novel curculigo orchioides extract in male rats.

13:15-13:35 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Clinical evaluation of a standardized Prunus Domestica extract on benign prostrate hyperplasia (BPH) in male volunteers.

13:35-13:55 María Dolores del Castillo, PhD, Head of Food Bioscience group, Department of Food Analysis and Bioactivity, Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL, CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain. Lipid biomarkers for validation of spent coffee grounds as a healthy dietary fiber.

13:55-14:20 Nancy J. Emenaker, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. What’s in Your Dietary Fiber Supplement? An Updated Look at the Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) for Determining Total Dietary Fiber Consumption in Community Oncology Health Care Practices.

14:20-14:30 Coffee Break

Session 9: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products. Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, USA.

14:30-14:50 Jyoti D. Vora, PhD, Professor, Head, Department of Biochemistry and Food Science and Quality Control, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Insight into the biochemical link between biodiversity and nutraceuticals: A case study of Carica papaya.

14:50-15:10 Bainian Feng, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Taihu Scholar, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China. Garlic essential oil provides lead discharging effect on human body, an efficacy and mechanism of study.

15:10-15:30 Enrica Bargiacchi, PhD, Researcher Agronomist, Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials, Firenze, Italy. Grape Marc as a source of bioactive compounds for new foods.

15:30-15:50 Bianke Loedolff, PhD, Group Leader (Biopolymer Tailoring/Nutritional Biotechnology), Institute for Plant Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Bio-fortification of Brassica micro-greens: towards development of a nutritionally enhanced micro-green melange for noncommunicable disease prevention.

15:50-16:10 Tyler W. LeBaron, Executive Director of Molecular Hydrogen Foundation/Institute, Academic Committee of Taishan Institute for Hydrogen Biomedical Research. Hydrogen: an emerging medical gas with clinical significance.

16:10-16:50 Session 10: Poster Session

16:50-17:00 Awards and Certificates

17:00-17:15 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.


Payment Options

The 22nd International Conference of the Functional Food Center (FFC) and the 10th Symposium of the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC) will be held on September 22-23, 2017. The FFC accepts new registrations for the conference until the official start date. If you plan on registering for the conference, your presentation will not be scheduled until proper payment has been received. The FFC accepts a multitude of different payments, including check, credit card, PayPal, and bank transfers. All payments must be made to Functional Food Center in US dollars.

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Posters Accepted for Presentation: (from previous conference)

P1

Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani

Arachidonic acid production using Mortierella alpinain batch and fed-batch fermentation

P2

Dimou Charalampia

Correlation of specific functional foods consumption with anthropometric characteristics and body composition on a sample of 18-65 years old aged adults from Greece

P3

Dimou Charalampia

Production of innovative Cistus Creticus leaf-flavored extra virgin olive oil based products of industrial interest with functional activity

P4

André Moreira-Rosário

Impact of daily consumption of wheat germ on human health: a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial

P5

Norma-Aurea Rangel-Vázquez

Nanotechnology in the analysis of Polyurethane/Graphene/ Polymethylmetacrylate for new prosthesis for diabetic patients using Quantum mechanics and Monte Carlo simulation

P6

Jitka Ulrichová

Effect of cranberry extract on hepatic and intestinal cytochromes P450 in normal and obese mice – in vivo study

P7

Asma K. Alhindi

In adults’ athletics and what is the time, energy, and macronutrient requirement to gain lean body mass?

P8

Bernard Downs

Sustained safety and efficacy of a novel KD120 MEC multi-enzyme complex (N-Sorb®) in human volunteers

P9

Takashi Sato

Lysophosphatidic acid promotes the tube formation of human dermal lymphatic endothelial cells in an MMP-activity-dependent manner

P10

Sheila Wicks

Ribes nigrum L. (Grossulariaceae) and Sambus nigra L. (Adoxaceae) extracts enhance growth and inhibit apoptosis in rat L6 muscle cells

P11

Veronica Oluwatoyin Odubanjo

Cognitive enhancing effects of aqueous extract of two medicinal plants (Tetrapleura tetraptera and Quassia undulata) in scopolamine induced amnesic rats

P12

Olubunmi Ajayi

Antidiabetic effect of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) based diets on blood glucose of alloxan – induced diabetes rats

P13

Firouzeh Dehghan

Aqeuous extract of crategus monogyna with aerobic training improves angiogenic mediators

P14

Zohreh Hamidi-Esfahani

Optimization of encapsulation conditions of vitamin C within yeast cell Saccharomyces cervisiea as biocapsule

P15

Radha Madhyastha

Aloin prevents osteoclastogenesis via downregulation of microRNA-21

P16

Thao L. Nguyen

Real time in vivo monitoring of green tea polyphenol (−)-Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate’s effect in resolving neutrophil-mediated inflammation in transgenic zebrafish

P17

Huda Mobarki

How much weight loss is expected after each type of bariatric surgery procedure?

P19

Abhilasha Singh

Aegeline vs statin in the treatment of Hypercholesterolemia: A comprehensive study in rat model of liver steatosis

P20

Carla Schwanke

Association between metabolic syndrome and polyunsaturated fatty acids in elderly

P21

Norma-Aurea Rangel-Vázquez

Analysis of the absorption of drugs in hydrogels for treatments of skin cancer using nanotechnology

P22

Maksim Khotimchenko

Instant pectin from sea grass Phyllospadix iwatensis as a key ingredient of the functional food with radioisotope-removing properties

P23

Deniz Sezgin

New approaches to changing healthy life expectations: functional food in Turkey

P24

Maria Gabriela Valle Gottlieb

Functional properties of red-aroeira or pink pepper (Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi)

P25

Mei-Jun Zhu

Red raspberry consumption suppresses NLRP3 inflammasome and attenuates metabolic syndromes in diet-induced obese mice

P26

Thunnalin Winuprasith

Encapsulation of vitamin D 3 in emulsion-based delivery systems using microfibrillated cellulose extracted from mangosteen rind

P27

Carla Schwanke

Kefir effect on metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and obesity in adults and elderly: A systematic review

P28

Deborah Fratantonio

MicroRNAs in chicken egg exosomes: content and bioavailability in healthy humans

P29

Doman Kim

The effect of fermented buckwheat on producing L-carnitine and Gamma-aminobutyric acid enriched designer eggs

P30

Marius Rusu

Bioactive compounds from walnut (Juglans regia L.) septum extracts: antioxidant and cytotoxic activity

P31

Jian-ping Chen

Effect of YH0618 soup on chemotherapy-induced toxicity in cancer patients: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

P32

Amaia Iriondo De Hond

Spent coffee grounds activate intestinal motility and are safe upon chronic treatment. Radiographic and histological study in rats

P33

Eden Birhanu

Effect of moringa and maize flour blending ratio on the functional, nutritional and sensory quality of wheat based biscuit

P34

Danyue Zhao

Synergistic application of tea extract and lactic acid bacterial fermentation in enhancing bioavailability and anti-oxidative effectiveness of tea flavonoids in vitro and in vivo

P35

Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee

Challenging of finding a new type of calmodulin inhibitors

P36

Zhiyun Du

Chemical compositions and bioactivities of essential oils from eleven Curcuma species

P37

Nattiporn Ornthanalai

Effects of jerusalem artichoke snack bar on gastric emptying and colon transit: A randomized crossover trial

P38

Tony L. Brown

The role of probiotics in microbial resistance treatment and why they should be added to the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines

P39

María Dolores del Castillo

Intake of antioxidant dietary fiber from spent coffee grounds improves the circadian rhythm and body weight management in human adults

P40

Agnieszka Szczepankowska

Composition of recombinant Lactococcus bacteria ameliorate the symptoms of EAE -multiple sclerosis animal model, in rats


Speakers (from previous conference)

Janos Zempleni, Ph.D, 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. The communication of animal and bacterial kingdoms through exosomes and their RNA cargos in bovine milk

Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory, University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück, Germany. DNA methyltransferase 1-targeting microRNA-148a of dairy milk: a potential bioactive modifier of the human epigenome

Deborah Fratantonio, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Lincoln, NE, USA. MicroRNAs in chicken egg exosomes: content and bioavailability in healthy humans

Sepideh Taheri, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of General Academic Paediatrics, University of Western Ontario, Consultant Paediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, London Health Sciences Centre, London, ON, Canada. Randomized controlled trial of food elimination for treatment of primary headache in children

Jin-Rong Zhou, Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Session Chair: Functional foods and cancer

Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (EISN), Haren/Erika, Germany. Is the biological system of the elements a scientific and practical tool for functional food therapy on chronic diseases? – Lithium accumulating food being given to patients of bipolar disorders might represent a beneficial relationship for curing a chronic neurological disease

Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA. Safety and free testosterone boosting efficacy of a novel curculigo orchioides extract in male rats

Sean Hall, MD, CEO of Medlab Clinical LTD, Sydney Australia. Presentation topic: Mitigating the symptoms of chronic diseases through the administration of probiotics

Palayakotai Raghavan, PhD, Nanorx Inc. NY, USA. Metadichol ® a novel VDR inverse agonist and control of hypertension in patients with metabolic syndrome.

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Chief Scientific Officer, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; & Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Clinical evaluation of a standardized prunus domestica extract on benign prostrate hyperplasia (BPH) in male volunteers, safety and free testosterone boosting efficacy of a novel Curculigo orchioides extract in male rats

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA. Food bioactive compounds and functional foods

Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Dept of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C. Blood pressure regulation: evidence for interplay between common dietary sugars and table salt

Hossein Mirmiranpour, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran. Effect of vitamin C supplementation on oxidant and antioxidant status in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus

Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA. Water infused with molecular hydrogen increases skin NADH

Bradley Ferguson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Vet Sciences, The University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV, USA. Potential implications for dietary HDAC inhibitors in the heart

Uri Lesmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Bioactives
Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. Physicochemical engineering of macronutrient digestibility and control of bioactive release in the human gastrointestinal tract

David Julian McClements, PhD, Distinguished Professor, (expert on delivery of bioactives via food emulsions and novel particulates) Fergus Clydesdale Endowed Chair, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA. Designing biopolymer microgels for encapsulation, protection, and release of bioactives

Avi Shpigelman, PhD, Laboratory for novel food and bioprocessing, Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion, Haifa, Israel. Bioaccessibility of polyphenols – limitations and opportunities

Tara Grauwet, PhD, Laboratory of Food Technology, Department of Microbial and Molecular systems, KU Leuven, Belgium. Processing as a tool to modify natural and create process-induced barriers in plant-based foods with the aim of tailoring food digestion

Bainian Feng, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Taihu Scholar, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, China. Garlic essential oil provides lead discharging effect on human body, an efficacy and mechanism of study

Tyler W. LeBaron, Executive Director of Molecular Hydrogen Foundation/Institute, Academic Committee of Taishan Institute for Hydrogen Biomedical Research. Hydrogen: an emerging medical gas with clinical significance

Vanisha S Nambiar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja SayajiRao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat. India. Understanding the use of bioactive compound for the reduction of inflammation and oxidative stress using nutrigenomics

Amedeo Amedei, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Florence, Viale Pieraccini, Florence, Italy. Functional characterization of specific immune response and comparison of oral and intestinal human microbiota in patients with colorectal cancer after treatment with probiotic / prebiotic

Chiara Santi, PhD, Department of Sustainable productive and territorial systems, Laboratory of Bioprocesses and Bio products, ENEA Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Rome, Italy. Evaluation of the hazelnuts as functional food: molecular effects of long maceration raw kernel extract in HepG2 human hepatocarcinoma cell line

Zeeshan Hafeez, PhD, UR AFPA-équipe PB2P, Université de Lorraine-INRA UC 340, Faculté des Sciences et Technologies-B.P.70239, Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy Cedex, France. Anti-inflammatory activity of peptide fractions obtained from casein hydrolysate generated by cell envelope proteinase PrtS purified from S. thermophilus LMD-9-ΔsrtA strain

Bianke Loedolff, PhD, Group Leader (Biopolymer Tailoring/Nutritional Biotechnology), Institute for Plant Biotechnology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Bio-fortification of Brassica micro-greens: towards development of a nutritionally enhanced micro-green melange for noncommunicable disease prevention

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy. Beneficial effect of original powdered fermented papaya preparation (fpp-ori) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome, inflammatory molecules and amino-acid network. A weapon for degerenrative disease?

Victor Kipnis, PhD, Biometry Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, 20892, USA. Multiplicity and selectivity in biomedical research: a view of a statistician

Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. Functional food, microbiome, aging and cancer

Simone Parola, PhD, PreventPCB srl, Vergiate (VA) Italy; University of Insubria, Department of Biotecnologie e Scienze Della Vita (DBSV), Vergiate, VA, 21029, Italy. Lentinula edodes and Pleurotus ostreatus: functional food with antioxidant - antimicrobial activity and an important source of Vitamin D and medicinal compounds

Jyoti D. Vora, PhD, Head, Department of Biochemistry & Food Science and Quality Control, Ramnarain Ruia College, Matunga, Mumbai, India. Insight into the biochemical link between biodiversity and nutraceuticals: a case study of Carica papaya

Enrica Bargiacchi, PhD, Researcher Agronomist, Italian Interuniversity Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials, Firenze, Ital. Grape marc as a source of bioactive compounds for new foods

Cristiana Caliceti, PhD, Laboratory of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy. The fermentation with lactic acid bacteria further enhances the immunomodulatory and antioxidant properties of a Carica Papaya Linn formulation in comparison with yeast fermentation

Thanutchaporn Kumrungsee, PhD, Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, Japan. Decreased levels of putative heart protective metabolites in heart tissues of rats fed a vitamin B6 deficient diet: a metabolomics approach

María Dolores del Castillo, PhD, Head of Food Bioscience group, Department of Food Analysis and Bioactivity, Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL, CSIC-UAM), 28049 Madrid, Spain. Lipid biomarkers for validation of spent coffee grounds as a healthy dietary fiber

Danyue Zhao, PhD, Post-doc Associate, Department of Plant Biology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Insights into bioavailability and microbial catabolism of grape polyphenols in mice using an efficient UPLC-Triple quadrupole-MS/MS methodby

Erika Angle, PhD, CEO and Co-Founder, Ixcela: The Internal Fitness Company, Bedford, MA, USA. Effects of gut microbiota modulation on performance of professional athletes

W.L.Wendy Hsiao, PhD, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai lung, Taipa, Macau, China. Polysaccharides from two medicinal mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum and Poria cocos reveal prebiotic effects in mice

M. Abderrahim Benmoussa, PhD candidate, Department of Microbiology-Infectious Disease and Immunity, and Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval, 2705 Blvd Laurier, Room T1-49 Quebec, QC G1V 4G2 Canada. Characterization of a new functional extracellular vesicle subset in commercial dairy cow milk with protein and small RNA profiles different from canonical milk exosomes

Uwe Albrecht, MD, Mediconomics GmbH, Hannover, Germany. Detoxification: Natural scavenger clinoptilolite for removal of heavy metals from the body

Nancy J. Emenaker, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. What’s in Your Dietary Fiber Supplement? An Updated Look at the Dietary Supplement Label Database (DSLD) for Determining Total Dietary Fiber Consumption in Community Oncology Health Care Practices.

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milano and Chief Medical Officer, Gender Healthy Aging Unit, Milano Medical, Italy. Beneficial effect on original powdered fermented papaya preparation (FPP-ORI) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome, inflammatory molecules and amino-acid network. A weapon for degenerative disease?


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Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session: Functional Food Definition and the Status of Functional Foods in Japan, China, 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: Functional Foods and Obesity

  • Epidemiology of obesity
  • The modern mechanisms of obesity; energy metabolism and obesity; neurobiological mechanisms of obesity; microbiological mechanisms of obesity; pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity
  • Biomarkers of obesity
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of obesity
  • Medical foods for obesity

Session: Functional Foods and Diabetes

  • Epidemiology of diabetes
  • The modern mechanisms of diabetes
  • Biomarkers of diabetes
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of diabetes
  • Medical foods for diabetes

Session: Functional Foods and Neurological Diseases

  • Epidemiology of mental and neurological diseases
  • Mechanisms of neurological diseases
  • Biomarkers of different mental and neurological diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of neurological diseases
  • Functional foods for mental and neurological diseases
  • Medical foods for neurological diseases

Session: Functional Foods and Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)

  • Epidemiology of CVD
  • Biomarkers of different cardiovascular diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases
  • Medical foods for CVD

Session: Functional Foods and Cancer

  • Epidemiology of Cancer
  • Biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • Medical Foods for the Cancer

Session: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases

  • Functional foods and other non-communicable diseases
  • Bioactive compounds and other non-communicable diseases
  • The effects of medical food on biomarkers of non-communicable diseases

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 levels
  • Regulatory issues and health claims

Session: Biomarkers and Functional Food

  • Biomarkers and functional foods
  • Biomarkers available for assessing diet-related changes
  • How can biomarkers improve functional food products development process?
  • The importants of Monitoring Miomarkers in Functional food Science
  • FDA’s Biomarker Qualification Program and creation of new functional foods

Special Session: Functional Food, Microbiome and Cancer. Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Special Session: Dietary Exosomes and their Cargos. Session Chair: Janos 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: Nanotechnology for drug and bioactive compounds delivery systems. Session Chair: Rangel-Vázquez, PhD, Research Professor at Technological Institute of Aguascalientes (ITA), Mexico

Special Session: Coffee consumption benefits and adverse events: Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

  • Coffee composition and nutritional information
  • Identification and quantification of bioactive compounds in coffee
  • Coffee and its consumption: Benefits and risks, epidemiological and clinical studies
  • Coffee consumption and risk of chronic disease: Clinical and epidemiological studies
  • Functional properties of coffee and coffee by-products

Special session: Engineering bioaccessibility and bioavailability of bioactive compounds. Session Chair: Uri Lesmes, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Food Chemistry and Bioactives, Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

  • Food structuring and bioaccessibility/ bioavailability
  • Edible delivery systems for bioactive compounds
  • Micro- and nano-encapsulation
  • Impact of processing technologies/conditions on bioaccessibility/ bioavailability
  • Underlying mechanisms of bioaccessibility/ bioavailability

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

  • 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

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