Functional Food Center

FFC's 23rd International Conference and Expo on Functional Foods -

11th Int. Symposium of ASFFBC

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

April 24-25, 2018, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

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Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 23rd International Conference and Expo on Functional Foods "Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice." The conference will be held at San Diego on April 24-25, 2018. The 23rd International Conference of Functional Food Center 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, as well as for health promotion.


Main Conference Topics/Sessions:

Main Topics/Sessions at the 23rd FFC International Conference will include:

  • The Status of Functional Foods in Japan, USA, and Other Countries
  • Health Claims: Nutraceutical, Functional, and Medical Food Regulations
  • Functional Foods and Chronic Diseasesa
  1. Functional Foods and Obesity
  2. Functional Foods and Diabetes
  3. Neurological Diseases
  4. Cardiovascular Diseases
  5. Functional Foods and Cancer
  6. Functional Foods and other Chronic Diseases
  7. The Effects of bioactive molecules on Biomarkers of Chronic Diseases
  • The Effects of Nutrition and Functional Foods on Aging and Health
  • Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds, and Microbiome
  • Safety of Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods
  • Special session: Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Bioactive compounds
  • Special Session: MicroRNAs from foods
  • Special Session: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
  • 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
  • Special session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session Chair: Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA
  • Special session: Sports Nutrition and Functional Foods. Session Chair: Debasis Bagchi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, United States
  • Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

You may suggest and organize your own special session.

For more details about the Sessions and main conference topics please visit Conference Topics page.

Call for Abstracts:

Please note, the abstract submission deadline for FFC's 23rd International Conference has been extended to March 14, 2018. The entire abstract should have a maximum of 1,000 words, up to three pages (including references). There is no up-front fee for submitting a conference abstract. Once the abstract is generally accepted for the conference, the corresponding/first author is responsible to pay the abstract publication fee of $49 within 10 days. Failure to pay the abstract publication fee within 10 days after abstract acceptance day will result in a late abstract publication fee of $99. First authors are expected to register, pay the conference and abstract fee, and present the paper (if submission is accepted). In the case of an emergency and the author(s) are unable to attend the conference, they are required to pay an abstract publication fee of $99. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to Please review our sample abstract.

There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract before January 30, 2018. In the case that the first author cannot attend the conference and present, he or she must contact the conference organizing committee via e-mail at, to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before January 30, 2018.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after January 30, 2018, will be published and the first author will be expected to pay the abstract publication fee. The conference does not provide financial support nor registration fee waivers for any presentations.

To avoid the last-minute rush, submit your abstract in advance. Abstracts received by the Conference Organizing Committee after January 30, 2018, at 5 pm will not be accepted). For any information concerning publications please contact us at For more information about abstract submission, click here.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

***UPDATE*** Please note that we are now accepting late-breaking abstract submissions until April 10th (for poster presentations only, for oral presentation please ask organizers if they have presentation slot avelable).

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended from March 14th to April 10th. Due to many requests for an extension of the deadline the conference organizers have agreed to extend the deadline for abstract submission (for poster presentations only, for oral presentation please ask organizers if they have presentation slot avelable). All abstracts will be published in our peer-reviewed, open access journal:

Instructions for Poster Presenters:

Poster presentations allow the audience to get a clear visual of the presenters' work in a simple format. The reasonable size for posters is 2.5 - 3.0 feet high by 3.5 - 4 feet wide.

Poster Presentation Recommendations:

The poster should clearly present the title, the author(s), affiliation(s), and a description of the research, along with highlighting the abstract's major elements. Remember that pictures, tables, and figures are key to any poster display. At least 50% of the surface area should be used for photos, graphs, or diagrams. Good use of color and the use of black or dark blue for text. Too much color can be hard to read! One or two large high-quality photographs attract attention. Make the title large and clear! Include author(s) name(s) and address(es). Your poster title should be easily readable from 3 - 4 meters away. We recommend the following sections on the poster: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Tables, Figures, Results, and Conclusions.

For more information about poster sessions, please click here.

Full Registration Benefits:

The complimentary package will also contain:

  • Access to all oral sessions
  • Access to daily poster sessions
  • Access to networking tour and dinner on beautiful Coronado island
  • Conference Proceedings Book (Abstract Book)
  • Lunches for 2 days  
  • 12-Month membership for ASFFBC (Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds)
  • Each registration allows the registrant to present a maximum of 3 accepted abstracts
  • Hourly credits for conference attendance will be allocated towards certification as a Certified Functional Food Scientist
  • Endless opportunities to network with colleagues from around the globe
  • Choice of FFC textbook Limited Time Only

List of Textbook Options

Introduction to Functional Food Science, Textbook, Volume 1, Third Edition

Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases: Textbook, Volume Two, First Edition

Cancer Biology and Dietary Factors: First Edition, Textbook, Volume 3, First Edition

Bioactive Compounds and Cancer: Volume 4, First Edition

Functional Foods in Integrative Oncology: Volume 5, First Edition

Cancellation Policy: Before November 30, 2017: 75% refund; before January 30, 2018: 50% refund; after January 30, 2018: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat, at: All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

Registration Rates:

Registration fees do not include abstract publication fees or membership fees. You can save up to $100 off the price of registration by first becoming a member of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. If you're not already a member, join today by clicking the Society logo below. 


You may click here to make a payment for the conference registration fee. 

 Registration Type


Before March  1st, 2018


     March  1st to April 1st , 2018        


April 2nd to April 17, 2018

Student Nonmembers*

Student Members of ASFFBC







Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC







Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC







One-Day Nonmember

One-Day Members







Food and Medical Industry Representatives-Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC







Abstract Publication Fee $49 $49  
Late Abstract Publication Fee $99
Networking Event / Banquet $45 $50

*Must present ID

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

Students enrolled in an undergraduate program (MS, Ph.D. or MD) are eligible for the Student Discount rate. When you register for the conference, you must enter your mentor's name and Email address during checkout to verify your student status.


Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change. To download conference brochure please click here.

For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at For international calls, please use:

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