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.

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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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. 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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com, 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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. 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: https://ffhdj.com/index.php/BioactiveCompounds/issue/view/97

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: ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. 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. 

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

 Registration Type

Registration

Before March  1st, 2018

Registration

     March  1st to April 1st , 2018        

            Registration              

April 2nd to April 17, 2018

Student Nonmembers*

Student Members of ASFFBC

$175 

$125 

$195

$155

$295.00

$255.00

Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC

$225 

$175 

$245

$195

$345.00

$295.00

Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC

$495 

$395 

$525

$425

$625.00

$525.00

One-Day Nonmember

One-Day Members

$350 

$250 

$375

 $275

$475.00

$375.00 

Food and Medical Industry Representatives-Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC

$425 

$395 

$455

$425

$555.00

$525.00

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.

Ticket

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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. For international calls, please use:

469-441-8272, Toll free: 1-866-202-0487 8166-202-0487


Sample Abstract 1 (Research)

Diacylglycerol for obesity: serotonin hypothesis

Hidekatsu Yanai1, Hiroshi Yoshida2, 3, Yuji Hirowatari4, and Norio Tada3

1Department of Internal Medicine, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, Chiba, 21567-0345, Japan; 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jikei University School of Medicine, Chiba, 31567-0345, Japan; 3Internal Medicine of Metabolism and Nutrition, Jikei University Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba, 41567-0345, Japan; 4Bioscience Division, TOSOH Corp, Kanagawa, 51567-0345, Japan

Corresponding Author: Hidekatsu Yanai, Ph.D., Department of Internal Medicine, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, Chiba, 21567-0345, Japan

Keywords: diacylglycerol, intestine, obesity, serotonin, thermogenesis

ABSTRACT

Background: Diacylglycerol (DAG) oil is a natural component of various edible oils. DAG has been reported to prevent obesity through a variety of potential mechanisms in comparison with triacylglycerol (TAG) in humans. An increase in postprandial energy expenditure (EE) is proposed to be one of the mechanisms underlying this effect of DAG. Up-regulated mRNA expressions associated with EE by DAG in the small intestine may explain increased postprandial EE. The small intestine seems to contribute to changes in EE by DAG. We previously studied plasma serotonin, which is mostly present in the small intestine and mediates sympathetic thermogenesis. We found that DAG ingestion increases plasma serotonin levels by approximately 50% compared to TAG ingestion.

Objective: To understand the molecular mechanisms for DAG-induced increase in serotonin and EE, we investigated effects of DAG on serotonin release and expressions of genes associated with EE, using the human intestinal cell line.

Methods: The intestinal cell line, the Caco-2 cells, was incubated with medium containing 1-monoacylglycerol (1-monooleyglycerol [1-MOG]) and 2-monoacylglycerol (2-monooleylglycerol [2-MOG]), distinctive digestive products of DAG and TAG, respectively. We measured serotonin release from the Caco-2 cells using a newly developed high-performance liquid chromatography. Further, we studied effects of 1-MOG, 2-MOG, and serotonin on expressions of mRNA associated with EE (acyl-CoA oxidase [ACO], medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase [MCAD], fatty acid translocase [FAT], and uncoupling protein-2 [UCP-2]), by the Real-Time quantitative RT-PCR system.

Results: 100 mM 1-MOG significantly increased serotonin release from the Caco-2 cells compared with the same concentration of 2-MOG by approximately 37% (P<0.001). Expressions of mRNA of ACO, FAT, and UCP-2 were significantly higher in 100 mM 1-MOG-treated Caco-2 cells than 100 mM 2-MOG-treaed cells by approximately 13%, 24%, and 35%, respectively. Expressions of mRNA of ACO, MCAD, FAT, and UCP-2 were significantly increased in 400 nM serotonin-treated Caco-2 cells as compared with the Caco-2 cells incubated without serotonin by approximately 29%, 30%, and 39%, respectively.

Conclusion: Our study demonstrated that a hydrolytic product of DAG increases serotonin release from the intestinal cells and enhances expressions of genes associated with b-oxidation (ACO, MCAD), thermogenesis (UCP-2) and fatty acids metabolism (FAT). Furthermore, this study revealed that serotonin also enhances expression of these genes, proposing a new molecular biological mechanism for DAG-mediated anti-obesity effect. Serotonin may play an important role in DAG-mediated prevention of obesity.

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Corresponding Author: Hidekatsu Yanai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, Chiba, 01567-0345, Japan, e-mail: hy@gmal.com, phone number: (001) 469-441-8272, secondary phone: (866) 464-6955

Main Presenting Author: Hidekatsu Yanai, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, Kohnodai Hospital, Chiba, 01567-0345, Japan, e-mail: hy@gmal.com, phone number: (001) 469-441-8272, secondary phone: (866) 464-6955

Co-authors:
Hiroshi Yoshida, MD, Ph.D., e-mail: hyoshida@gmal.com

Yuji Hirowatari, Ph.D., e-mail: yhir@gmal.com

Norio Tada, MS, e-mail: mtada@gmal.com

Presentation Type (please choose one): Oral or poster

Session (please choose one): Choose one from the conference website

Sample Abstract 2 (Review)

Definition for functional food by FFC: Creating functional food products using new definition

April Mitchell and Danik Martirosyan

Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, 75252, USA

Corresponding Author: Danik M. Martirosyan, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, 75252, USA

Keywords: Functional food definitions, bioactive compounds, biomarkers

ABSTRACT

Healthcare costs in industrialized countries are soaring as a result of rising average life expectancies and epidemics of specific chronic diseases. As the public pursues ways to become healthier and improve quality of life, functional food science has become an intriguing field of research and topic of debate to combat certain chronic diseases cost-effectively. While steps are being taken to develop and research functional food consistently across the globe, there is still not a shared international or conclusive definition of functional food. The term “functional food” was first coined in Japan in the 1980’s and the science expanded to EU and the United States quickly. However, the term “functional food” has since been the center of confusion in scientific and consumer discussions due to shifting definitions. Inconsistent definitions in the literature and government legislation have posed challenges for the development of functional food science and have caused public doubt in the effectiveness of functional food as a potential strategy for chronic diseases.

Here, the Functional Food Center’s new definition for “functional foods” was revised to: “Natural or processed foods that contains known or unknown biologically- active compounds; which, in defined, effective non-toxic amounts, provide a clinically proven and documented health benefit for the prevention, management, or treatment of chronic disease” [1,2]. In this latest version of our definition, we added the phrase “in effective non-toxic amounts” to highlight the significance of bioactive compound dosage in the consumption of functional food. This new definition of functional food by the Functional Food Center can improve communication and collaboration between the scientific, medical communities, food industry, and the public to legitimize functional food science globally.

References:

Danik M. Martirosyan and Jaishree Singh, A new definition of functional food by FFC: what makes a new definition unique? Functional Foods in Health and Disease 2015; 5(6):209-223

Danik M. Martirosyan and Jaishree Singh, Introduction to Functional Food Science, Third Edition, Edited by Martirosyan DM, Dallas: Food Science Publisher; 2015:10-24

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Corresponding Author: Danik Martirosyan, Ph.D., Research and Development Department, Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, 75024, Plano (Dallas), USA, e-mail: ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net, phone number: (001) 469-441-8272, secondary phone: (866) 202-0487

Main Presenting Author: Danik Martirosyan, Ph.D., Research and Development Department, Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, 75024, Plano (Dallas), USA, e-mail: ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net, phone number: (001) 469-441-8272, secondary phone: (866) 202-0487

Co-authors:
April Mitchell, BSc, e-mail: ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com

Presentation Type (please choose one): Oral or poster: oral

Session (please choose one): Choose one from the conference website

Abstract Submission

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 1000 words. Please use Times New Roman Font 12 for the entire abstract.

The first author of the research is considered the primary author and must present. One person may be the primary author for a maximum of 2 abstracts. However, only one abstract may be presented as an oral presentation with the other presented as a poster, or both abstracts may be presented as posters.

1. All abstract submissions must include research-based data to allow for a thorough review.

2. Abstracts must contain the following:

  • Title
  • Author(s) – do not include degree acronyms (i.e., BS, MS, Ph.D., etc.)
  • Primary Institution/Laboratory Name, City, State, and Country
  • Body of the abstract

3. The body of abstract should contain the following sections:

  • Keywords
  • Background
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

4. Abstracts cannot contain the following:

  • Brand names
  • Advertisements. Research abstracts should be free from solicitations and should not contain demonstrations of products for the purpose of sales. Exhibitor’s tables are available for the purpose of advertisement and sales

5. Abstracts can contain either one picture, one graph, or one table (no combinations)

  • A graph or table must be embedded into the abstract and cannot exceed 1/3 of the page
  • Any graph or table must pertain to the abstract for the purpose of visualizing data and must be referred to in the text of the abstract
  • Pictures, tables and graphs should be no bigger than 4 1/2 in. (W) x 4 1/2 in. (L)
  • Keep in mind that all images will be displayed in black and white

6. Please also provide the following information:

  • Corresponding author(s)
  • Primary/Presenting author's name
  • Primary author's professional mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number
  • Desired presentation format (oral, poster, etc.)
  • Session name
  • Co-authors' e-mail addresses

Please note: the portion of abstract is required for our records, but will not appear in the published abstract and accordingly will not be included in word count. Please send your abstract to the ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com via the attached file.

Also note: Short article submission to the Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease is mandatory for the oral presenters.

Sample Abstract: Click here for the sample abstract.

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: https://ffhdj.com/index.php/BioactiveCompounds/issue/view/97

Guidelines for Full Paper Submission:

Participants with accepted abstracts may write full articles:

  1. The entire text of the full papers must be in Times New Roman, 12 point size font.
  2. Full paper margins should be 0.75 inches from the top and bottom, and 1.0 inch from the left and right for A4 format paper.
  3. Line spacing should be 1.15 and alignment justified.
  4. The submitted full papers should contain 6-16 pages. A shorter or longer manuscript must be discussed with the organizing committee.
  5. When submitting a full paper, the corresponding author should send a cover letter indicating that the authors have not submitted a similar manuscript for publication elsewhere. Full papers submitted without cover letters will not be published.
  6. The full papers and cover letter should be submitted as separate attachments to the following email address: ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net.
  7. Submit the full paper within 2 months following the date in the abstract acceptance letter, but no later than the date mentioned on the conference website.
  8. Full papers will be published in FFC’s Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease. Please download and use the suggested samples for an original scientific paper, review paper, and cover letter.
  9. As a token of our appreciation for article submissions in the Special Issue, we are offering 50% discount of our standard publication fee. The final cost will be $348.00 for BCHD and $447.00 for FFHD . If sufficient scientific funds are unavailable for coverage of the discounted publication fee, ASFFBC is willing to accommodate as needed. Please contact us (in advance) for more details, if necessary. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this!
  10. Full-text papers should be submitted before July 30, 2017 and it is mandatory for oral presenters.

Conference Awards

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

  • Best Oral Presentation Awards
  • Best Poster Presentation Award
  • Best Full Paper Award
  • Best Special Session Organizer 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 presenters; maximum 7) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics.

Selection Criteria

The awards will be presented to the author(s) at the time of conference, 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).

Organizing Committee Members

Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA

Gabriela Riscuta M.D., CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA

Nancy J. Emenaker, Ph.D., Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, USA

Debasis Bagchi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, United States

Hua-Feng Zhang, Ph.D., Associate professor of College of Food Engineering and Nutritional Science, Director of International Joint Research Center of Shaanxi Province for Food and Health Sciences, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an City, Shaanxi Province, P.R. China

Tony Brown, MD, Ph.D., Philadelphia Review of Books, Science Editor, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Danik Martirosyan, Ph.D., Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, United States

Conference Preliminary Program

-Explore San Diego-
April 24th, 17:00-20:30: We will leave for a networking dinner on the beautiful Coronado Island. We will take a 15-minute ferry ride from the Convention Center to Coronado Island. You will be able to walk around many shops and restaurants, sightsee, and view the San Diego skyline across the bay. We will then come together for dinner near the harbor. Finally, we will ferry back to the Convention Center, and stroll around Seaport Village. Both ferries and your dinner will be included in your $50 payment. To submit your payment, please click here.

 

April 24th, 2018

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-8:55 Welcome and Opening Remarks: Danik Martirosyan, Co-chairman, PhD: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA.

Session 1: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session chair:

8:55-9:25 Danik Martirosyan, Ph.D., Functional Food Center, USA. FFC's Advancement of Functional Food Definition and Common food definitions associated with “healthy” eating

9:25-9:55 Debasis Bagchi, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Regulation of functional foods and Nutraceuticals in USA and Japan.

9:55-10:10 Coffee Break

Session 2. (Special Session): Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session chair: Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Session Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA

10:10-10:40  James R. Coughlin, Ph.D. President, Coughlin and Associates: Consultants in Food/Nutritional/Chemical Toxicology and Safety, Aliso Viejo, California, USA. Historical Considerations on the Potential Risks of Nitrite and Nitrate to Humans

10:40-11:10 David J. Lefer, Ph.D. Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence; Professor of Pharmacology LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, USA. Dietary Interventions to Increase Nitric Oxide and Treat Cardiovascular Disease

11:10-11:40 Norman Hord, PhD, MPH, RD, Head, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Professor in Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.  Dietary nitrate and nitrite concentrations in food patterns and dietary supplements

11:40-12:10 Nathan S. Bryan, PhD,Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA. Evidence for Consideration of Dietary Guidelines for Nitrite and Nitrate

12:10 – 13:00 Lunch

Session 3: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for Aging

13:00-13:30 Roel Vonk, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, UMCG, Groningen, Netherlands. The effect of nutrition and functional food on aging

13:30-14:00 Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, United States. Clinical effects of hydrogen administration: Molecular hydrogen, disease and cellular aging

Session 4: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases. Session Chair: Karen R. Jonscher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO, USA

14:00-14:30 Maksim Khotimchenko, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University, Vladivostok, Russia. Marine Non-Starch Polysaccharides Prevent Heavy Metal Accumulation in Preschool Children

14:30-15:00 Jian-Yong WU, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Biology & Chemical Technology, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China. Molecular properties and prebiotic functions of polysaccharides produced by Cordyceps sinensis Fungus Cs-HK1

15:00-15:30 Karen R. Jonscher, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO, USA. Role of pyrroloquinoline quinone in altering macrophage metabolic reprogramming

15:30-15:50 Coffee Break

15:50-16:30 Session 5: Poster Session

16:30 Conference Closing

Networking: 17:00-20:30 -Explore San Diego-Networking Dinner on the beautiful Coronado Island

 

April 25th, 2018

Session 6: Functional Foods and Sport Nutrition, Session chair: Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

9:00-9:30 Manashi Baghchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA. Nutrition in Paralympics 

9:30-10:00 Didier Hernández García, PhD Student, Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Lleida-IRBLleida, Lleida, Spain. Ginseng, an ergogenic aid for runners? Ginseng utilization for the improvement of lipid metabolism 

10:00-10:20 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Role of Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) in Muscle Growth

10:20-10:40 Sreejayan Nair, PhD, Professor, University of Wyoming, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Laramie, WY, USA. From Bench to Market: Clinical Studies Needed to Substantiate Claims of Sports Nutrition Products 

10:40-10:55 Coffee Break

Session 7: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases: Session chair: Jianping Wu, PhD, Professor, University of Alberta. Canada

10:55-11:25 Barat B. Aggarwal, PhD, Professor, Inflammation Research Center San Diego, California, USA. Targeting Inflammatory Pathways Linked to Chronic Disease by Agents Designed by Mother Nature: Food as Medicine

11:25-11:55 Isabel García-Tornadu, PhD, Herbalife International Argentina S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aloe vera decolorized extracts: Effects on the intestinal barrier

11:55-12:25 Jianping Wu, PhD, Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, Cardiovascular Disease Research Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Food proteins as a source of bioactive peptides against cardiovascular diseases

12:25-13:15 Lunch

Session 8: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products. Session chair: Danik Martirosyan, PhD: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA.

13:15-13:45 Jiehui Zhou, PhD student, Diet4Life, Aarhus, Denmark; and Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Identification of a food-derived octapeptide from meat proteins that induces signaling in intestinal cells and reduces feed intake in mice by delaying gastric emptying

13:45-14:05 Hairong Cheng, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China. Recent progress in functional sugars (erythritol and xylitol) synthesis by the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica

14:05-14:35 Dalal Alghawas, PhD, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Modification of polyunsaturated fatty acid and its mediators in female ApoE-/- mice post oat bran diet

14:35-15:05 WL Wendy Hsiao, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China. Restoration of diseased gut microenvironment, stimulation of GPRs and the SCFA-producers in ApcMin/+ mice are associated with the combined treatment of mushroom polysaccharides and herbal saponins

15:05-15:20 Coffee Break

15:20-16:00 Session 9: Poster Session

16:00-16:15 Awards and Certificates

16:15-16:30 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change

Exhibitors Information


All vendors have a separate exhibitor table at the conference. The two tables will be located near the conference area and will have sufficient access to conference participants. The international conference will attract many experts from food processing companies, universities, research centers, and related industries from around the world, such as local restaurants and bakeries. This will be a great opportunity to introduce yourself to many international organizations. The cost for vendors is $595.00, which includes one (1) full registration for the conference.

There is a limited amount of space. Please purchase your conference registration ticket and provide your company description, which will appear on the conference website with your sponsorship level, or exhibit booth, listed alongside a hyperlink to your website. Limit the company description to no more than 35 words.

You can fill out the registration form and make a payment for the registration fee to become a vendor for this International Conference. An email confirmation will be sent within 2-3 days of the submission date.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com

Please click here to fill out registration form. Click on image below to reserve your space now. 

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Kyoui Oral Care, Las Vegas, NV, USA. Kyoui was founded to design, develop, and market, new and innovative oral care products to improve people's health by helping them improve their oral health. Kyoui team is aware that oral health is related to general health. Our goal is to develop the most effective oral care devices to improve oral health and consequently, general health. More than 2/3rd of the world population have a kind of periodontal disease, leading to very serious systemic problems, such as Heart Disease, Stroke, Pancreatic Cancer, Alzheimer's, Pre-Term birth, etc. Let's get back to basics! Prevention is better than cure.

   Kyoui

Beviva Upland, California, USA. While no one diet fits all, Beviva believes certain food choices can minimize abdominal discomfort and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. We combine the research of Western and Chinese medicine with the personal IBD experiences of founder Sylvia Tam and the team to develop sweet and savory functional and hypoallergetic snacks for all ages to enjoy.

Bevia

Food Science Publisher, Dallas, TX, USA.  Food Science Publisher is especially interested in human clinical nutrition, functional food science and chronic disease aspects of the publishing field. The company specializes in publishing books in the field of food science, nutrition, functional foods and chronic diseases.

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Friedreich's Ataxia Movement Representatives

Website: http://famovement.org/

Summary & Mission:
Friedreich's ataxia is a recessively inherited neuromuscular disorder caused by triplet (GAA) repeat expansion mutation in the first intron of the FXN gene. The mutation causes heterochromatin formation and therefore gene silencing, resulting in decreased frataxin protein in FA patients. Frataxin is a mitochondrial protein that is involved with iron-sulfur cluster formation and oxidative stress. The loss of the protein effects the peripheral nervous system, specifically the dorsal root ganglia. FA results in loss of coordination, loss is sensation in extremities, and scoliosis causing the patients to be wheelchair bound. Many patients also develop heart disease and diabetes.

FA patients and families are in need of more funds to be raised, research to be conducted, and awareness to be spread. That is the mission of FAMovement, a 501c3 non profit organization started by an FA patient with a passion to find a cure.

FAM

Payment Options

The 23rd International Conference of the Functional Food Center (FFC) and the 11th Symposium of the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC) will be held on April 24-25, 2018. 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.

When paying with a credit card you must submit the payment through the FFC website. You must use MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express for the payment to be accepted. It can take up to 3-4 business days for the payment to go through and appear on your credit card. A receipt for proof of purchase will be sent to you. It will come with confirmation of your credit card authorization.

When using a bank transfer to make the payment, you are required to send an email after making the payment to ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. The email must include the following information: date of transfer, amount, invoice number, and name of remitter.

When paying your registration payment with a check, make sure that all checks are made out to Functional Food Center, using US dollars. If you are using a check outside of the United States, please talk to your bank about whether the check will be accepted in the United States’ banks. Any fees that are applicable to international checks will be deducted from the payment, and may result in an incomplete registration. Checks must be mailed to 4659 Texas St, Unit 15, San Diego, CA 92116. An email will be sent confirming that the FFC received payment.

If you have any questions regarding the payment options for the conference, please contact us.

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

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Poster Session

Conference Poster Presentations: Poster presentations give the audience a clear visual of the presenter's 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:

  1. Present the title, the author(s), affiliation(s), and a description of the research, along with highlighting the abstract's major elements.
  2. Minimize detail and try to use simple statements. Keep it short and easy to read.
  3. Remember that pictures, tables, and figures are key to any poster display.
  4. If possible, use color in your visuals.
  5. Don't overwhelm the audience with excessive information. Instead, construct a display that enhances the presentation.
  6. At least 50% of the surface area should be used for photos, graphs and diagrams.
  7. Use a clear structure and layout.
  8. Use complementary colors. Use black or dark blue for text. Too much color can be hard to read!
  9. One or two large, high quality photographs attract attention.
  10. Your title should be a condensed statement of the main idea of your poster. It should be large and clear.
  11. Your poster title should be easily readable from a distance of 3-4 meters. Include author(s) name(s), and address(es).
  12. We recommend the following sections on the poster: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Tables, Figures, Results, and Conclusions.
  13. Please confirm your poster number on the list. The posters with odd numbers will be presented on April 24, 2018 and the posters with even numbers will be presented on April 25, 2018.
  14. Please put up your own poster in the position indicated by your presentation number by noon of each day. Presentation numbers are already indicated on display panels. Please check your presentation number and be careful to put up your poster on the correct panel. Please use pins to put up posters. Please do not use glue or sellotape.
  15. Please present your work in front of your own poster during the poster session.
  16. The best poster presentation award will be chosen by votes of all participants.
  17. Posters will be changed every day. Please help by taking your own poster down. Posters still displayed after the removal time has passed will be disposed of by the secretary the following day.

Posters Accepted for Presentation: 

P1

Latifeh Ahmadi

The Effect of Greenhouse Covering Materials on Phytochemical Composition and Antioxidant Capacity of Tomato Cultivars

P2

Yeong Shik Kim

Annona muricata leaf extract triggered intrinsic apoptotic pathway to attenuate cancerous features of MDA-MB-231 cells

P3

Helder Louvandini

Multielement analysis of minerals by x-ray microfluorescence and their distribution maps on testicles of lambs from ewes fed cottonseed

P4

Angie Wu

MTHFR 677T (rs1801133) Polymorphism and Association with Breast Cancer

P5

Melissa Olfert

FRUVEDomics: A Personalized, Behavioral, Nutritional Intervention to Assess Metabolic and Microbial Changes in College Students

P6

Ece Eksin

Electrochemical detection of gluten in food products

P7

Alexandra Palumbo

Effects of Probiotics on Mood

P8

Hocheol Kim

Effects of HT076 on Longitudinal Bone Growth Rate in Adolescent Female Rats

P9

Melissa Olfert

A Fruit and Vegetable Intervention Modifies the Plasma Lipidome in Young Adults: The FRUVEDomics Study

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Speakers:

  1. Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Session Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, "Evidence for Consideration of Dietary Guidelines for Nitrite and Nitrate" (Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate)
  2. David J. Lefer, Ph.D. Director, Cardiovascular Center of Excellence; Professor of Pharmacology LSU Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, "Dietary Interventions to Increase Nitric Oxide and Treat Cardiovascular Disease” (Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate)
  3. Norman Hord, PhD, MPH, RD, Head, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Professor in Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, “Dietary nitrate and nitrite concentrations in food patterns and dietary supplements (Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate)
  4. James R. Coughlin, Ph.D. President, Coughlin & Associates: Consultants in Food/Nutritional/Chemical Toxicology & Safety “Historical Considerations on the Potential Risks of Nitrite and Nitrate to Humans.” (Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate)
  5. Roel Vonk, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, UMCG, Groningen, Netherlands. The effect of nutrition and functional food on aging
  6. Jiehui Zhou, PhD student, Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark. Identification of a food-derived octapeptide from meat proteins that induces signaling in intestinal cells and reduces feed intake in mice by delaying gastric emptying
  7. Myriam Fezai, PhD Student, Department of Physiology, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Baden Württemberg 72076 Germany
  8. Barat B. Aggarwal, PhD, Professor, Inflammation Research Center San Diego, California USA. Targeting Inflammatory Pathways Linked to Chronic Disease by Agents Designed by Mother Nature: Food as Medicine
  9. Satyavati Rani, PhD, Professor, Department of Super Speciality of Gastroenterology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India. Role of Ferula Asafoetida in Colon Cancer Prevention
  10. Kodai Kitada, Graduate School of Osaka Prefecture University, Hyogo-ken, Japan
  11. Rajesh Pawar, Professor and Dean, Department: Pharmacognosy, Phytochemistry and Ethnopharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, VNS Group of Institutions, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462023 India
  12. Hairong Cheng, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China. A New Approach to Producing High-purity Trehalose by the Yeast
  13. Satya Narayan Naik, PhD, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, 110016 India
  14. Yvonne Handajani, PhD, Public Health Department , Faculty of Medicine and Center for Health Research, Jakarta 14440 Indonesia
  15. Satyavati Rani, PhD, Professor, Department of Super Speciality of Gastroenterology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, 160012, India. Role of Ferula Asafoetida in Colon Cancer Prevention
  16. Dalal Alghawas, PhD, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China. Modification of polyunsaturated fatty acid and its mediators in female ApoE-/- mice post oat bran diet
  17. Djamshed Saidov, PhD, Department of Biology, Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
  18. Sankar Devarajan, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences, University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR 71601, USA
  19. Gerolf A.R Reckman, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, UMCG, Groningen, Netherlands. The effect of nutrition and functional foods on aging and health
  20. WL Wendy Hsiao, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicine, Macau University of Science and Technology, Macau, China. Restoration of diseased gut microenvironment, stimulation of GPRs and the SCFA-producers in ApcMin/+ mice are associated with the combined treatment of mushroom polysaccharides and herbal saponins
  21. Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Session Chair, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX 77204, USA. Role of Mammalian Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) in Muscle Growth (Special Session: Functional Foods and Sport Nutrition)
  22. Didier Hernández García, PhD Student, Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Lleida-IRBLleida, Lleida 25198, Spain. Ginseng, an ergogenic aid for runners? Ginseng utilization for the improvement of lipid metabolism (Special Session: Functional Foods and Sport Nutrition)
  23. Sreejayan Nair, PhD, University of Wyoming, School of Pharmacy, College of Health Sciences, Laramie, WY, USA.  From Bench to Market: Clinical Studies Needed to Substantiate Claims of Sports Nutrition Products (Special Session: Functional Foods and Sport Nutrition)
  24. Manashi Baghchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA. Nutrition in Paralympics (Special Session: Functional Foods and Sport Nutrition)
  25. Satya Narayan Naik, PhD, Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, 110016 India 
  26. Barat B. Aggarwal, PhD, Professor, Inflammation Research Center San Diego, California USA. Targeting Inflammatory Pathways Linked to Chronic Disease by Agents Designed by Mother Nature: Food as Medicine
  27. Jianping Wu, PhD, Professor, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, 2Cardiovascular Disease Research Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Food proteins as a source of bioactive peptides against cardiovascular diseases
  28. Isabel García-Tornadu, PhD, Herbalife International Argentina S.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aloe vera Decolorized Extracts: Effects on the Intestinal Barrier
  29. Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Advancement of Functional Food Definition and Common food definitions associated with “healthy” eating
  30. Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, United States. Clinical effects of hydrogen administration: Molecular hydrogen, disease and cellular aging
  31. Renu Wadhwa, PhD, Prime Senior Scientist and Head, DAILAB, Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. Withaferin-A kills cancer cells with and without telomerase (topic pending)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Dear Future Sponsor,

I wish to inform you about an excellent sponsorship opportunity for your company to gain high-quality exposure in the health food industry. Functional foods and bioactive compounds are currently receiving an increased amount of attention from the scientific community, as well as the public. The Functional Food Center’s 23rd International Conference will be held at San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA. It will be timely in presenting new and relevant information focused on the importance of bioactive compounds and functional foods.

SkylineSince 1998, the Functional Food Center has been a pioneer in the functional food industry. It combines cutting-edge expertise in the biomedical sciences with practical business experience, to aid further research, development, and commercialization of functional food innovations in both domestic and international markets. The Functional Food Center connects a global network of professionals (scientists, functional food experts, and food industry representatives) to a conducive environment for innovative research collaboration. Since 2004, the FFC has organized conferences together with top universities. Scientists, researchers, and food industry professionals present their research and discoveries about healthy, functional, and medical foods with bioactive compounds. In response to the growth of this field, we are proud to introduce the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. This society of medical doctors, scientists, dietitians, nutritionists and other food and medical industry professionals will be strictly dedicated to the research and development of functional and medical foods, bioactive compounds, and the discovery of new ingredients.

Partnering with the Functional Food Center by sponsoring our upcoming conference will provide your company with several valuable benefits. These include but are not limited to:

1) Your names and logos endlessly stay on our website, which has about 4800 visitors per month, and have an opening rate of 13% for the newsletter.

2) Your logo will be included in the conference website, promotional materials, and Functional Food Center’s bi-monthly newsletter, which is received by over 800,000 readers including scientists, medical doctors, nutritionists and dieticians.

3) FDA, USDA, and NIH representatives attend our conferences, and you may contact them directly at the time of conference.

4) An option for annual and lifetime sponsorship.

5) Each level of sponsorship will contain a certain number of attendee rights, which allow free-of-charge admission to our conference.

6) You will have the unique opportunity to meet with decision-makers in this field, receive information/support on how to make a new, healthy product, and provide oral presentations about a related topic.

7) The Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds and Functional Food Center can advise you on how to create a new, healthy and functional product (this can be a separate discussion).

We look forward hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD

President of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds,

Founder of Functional Food Center, Inc.

Sponsorship Prospects

Please join us for an exciting opportunity!

We are pleased to invite you to a conference in Boston, MA, USA, on September 20-21, 2018.

The Functional Food Center, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease, Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds would all be honored for you to join us at our conference. We will bring together experts in medicine, biology and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional/medical foods and bioactive compounds in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.

With over 175 expected participants, the conference provides a great opportunity to increase the visibility of your company and exhibit products and services to an international group of researchers, clinicians, post-docs and next-generation scientists.

Sponsors and exhibitors will be exposed to a wide audience and will have many promotional opportunities.

Below are details regarding the sponsorship and exhibitor packages. We hope you find the right package for your needs. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future, and hope to see you in Germany.

Since 2004, the Functional Food Center has organized conferences where scientists, researchers, and food industry professionals present their discoveries in the realm of functional foods and bioactive compounds.

The Conference Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the 24th International Conference of FFC - 12th International Symposium of ASFFBC will be held at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA on September 20-21, 2018.

The Functional Food Center is a valuable resource for businesses in the food industry. The benefits of sponsorship include but are not limited to:

  • Developing various connections through conference participation, such as medical doctors, food scientists, food industry representatives, dieticians and nutritionists.
  • Information on the latest research and discoveries in the realm of functional foods and bioactive compounds, to develop, market and commercialize healthy products.
  • The ability (if eligible) to gain recognition in the food industry by joining our board of Medical and Food Industry Experts.

Sponsorship funding goes to support conference organization and conference promotion. We are also willing to work with companies who are interested in specifically sponsoring student registration, student travel, international scientist travel, conference lunches, conference receptions, or abstract book publication.

Co-chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, Ph.D., President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute; Editor-In-Chief, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease, Dallas, TX, USA.

Sponsorship Levels and Benefits:

  Diamond Platinum Gold Silver Bronze
Sponsorships Available 1 2 3 6 No Limit
Cost $40,000 $20,000 $10,000 $5,000 $2,500
Attendee Rights 5 Free 4 Free 3 Free 2 Free 1 Free
Lifetime Sponsorship Yes            
Annual Sponsorship Yes Yes              
*Display Table Yes Yes Yes Yes    
Logo Included in Conference Website Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Logo Included in Promotional Materials Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Acknowledgement in Abstract Book Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Distribution of Company Brochure Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
**Conduct Special Session Yes Yes Yes        
***Logo Included in Newsletters Yes Yes Yes        
Logo Displayed in Meeting Room Yes Yes          
****Advertisement in Abstract Book Yes (1 Page) Yes (1 Page) Yes (1/2 Page)      
Logo Included on Conference Folder Yes Yes         
Signage Rights Yes            

*At each conference, an area is reserved for exhibitors. However, because our conferences are held at universities, space is limited. Therefore registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

**Your company may conduct their own special session regarding a specific topic of your choice at the conference. This is an excellent way to connect with possible collaborates with similar interests.

***Your company’s logo will be included (and linked to your company website) in our bi-monthly Functional Foods in Health and Disease Journal newsletter. It has over 450,000 subscribers including scientists, medical doctors, dietitians and nutritionists. The logo will also be included in our newsletter for the Academic Society of Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds, which has over 2,000 members.

****In addition to the acknowledgement, Gold sponsors will receive a ½ page of advertising space in the abstract book, and both platinum and diamond sponsors will receive a full page of advertising space. This is a great way to promote your company and its products.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact us.

  Benefits Cost
Sponsorship for Scientific Sessions
(4 available)

Sponsor recognition at the beginning of the scientific session

Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program, abstract book and websites

Name/logo will be included in every upcoming newsletter to more than 450,000 readers including medical doctors, scientists, etc.

$5,000 each
Social Activities Welcome Reception
(1 available)

Sponsor recognition by room signage

Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites

$4,500 partial

$9,000 exclusive

Badges and Lanyards Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites $2,000 exclusive
Pens Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites $2,000 exclusive
Bags Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites $2,000 exclusive
Lanyards, Pens, Badges and Bags

Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites

Name/logo will be included in every upcoming newsletter to more than 450,000 readers including medical doctors, scientists, etc.

$5,000 each
Conference Book Advertisement

The sponsor can place one (1) full-page advertisement (black and white) at the end of the conference program and abstract book

Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites

$1,000
Exhibitors

Provided with one table close to the conference area with sufficient access to coneference participants

Company description on FFC website

Includes one (1) full registration admission

$1,195
Lunches (2 available)

Name/logo will be included in every upcoming newsletter to more than 450,000 readers including medical doctors, scientists, etc.

One lunch per day; two lunches over two days

Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites

$2,000 per day

$3,500 exclusive

Daily Tea and Coffee Breaks
(5 available)

Five breaks over three days

Sponsor name and logo will be included in the conference program and abstract book and websites

Name/logo will be included in every upcoming newsletter to more than 450,000 readers including medical doctors, scientists, etc.

$1,000 per day

$4,000 exclusive

Banquet (1 available)     $6,000

Terms of Agreement

  1. Sponsorship will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sponsorship will not be reserved until full payment is received.
  2. The sponsor is responsible for all materials, printing, customization and shipping-related costs associated with supplying the logo materials to FFC

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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 importance of Monitoring Biomarkers in Functional food Science
  • FDA’s Biomarker Qualification Program and creation of new functional foods

Session: MicroRNAs from foods

  • DietaryRNAs 
  • MicroRNAs from foods
  • MicroRNAs are bioactive compounds
  • Bioavailability of MicroRNAs

Special Session: Nanotechnology for drug and bioactive compounds delivery systems. Session Chair: Rangel-Vázquez, Ph.D., 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: Bioavailability of bioactive compounds:

  • 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

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

  • Chemistry and biology of nitric oxide
  • Oxidative stress and nitric oxide
  • Production and consumption of nitric oxide
  • The role of inorganic nitrate and nitrite in cardiovascular disease
  • Nitric oxide supplements and muscle growth
  • Dietary nitrite and nitrate: potential mechanisms of cardiovascular benefits
  • Are nitric oxide supplements safe?

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

  • Nutrition for Strength Adaptations
  • Requirements of Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates for Athletes
  • Physiological Basis for Creatine Supplementation In Skeletal Muscle and the Central Nervous System
  • The Role of Glycine-Arginine-Alpha-Ketoisocaproic Acid (GAKIC) in Sports Nutrition
  • Roles of Chromium (III), Vanadium, Iron, and Zinc in Sports Nutrition
  • Human Performance and Sports Application of Herbal Supplements
  • Carbohydrate and Glycogen Metabolism: Training and Dietary Influences and Their Impact on Performance and Recovery
  • Eccentric Exercise: Benefits and Applications to Training
  • Strength Assessments: Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Considerations
  • Sports Nutrition Beverages: An Overview
  • Nutrition in Paralympics
  • An Overview of Extreme Sports

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

Venue and Accommodation

The conference will take place at the San Diego Convention Center on April 24-25, 2018. Please continue reading to learn more information regarding the venue, hotels, attractions and places to visit during your stay in San Diego!

San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Convention Center

Venue

The conference will be held at the San Diego Convention Center (111 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101). The conference center is located downtown across from the San Diego Bay and lies adjacent to the San Diego Padres' PETCO Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego’s premier shopping, entertainment, and dining neighborhood. Please refer to the map for directions. If you have any general questions about the conference center, location, directions, parking, etc., please email us at ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com.

Click here for a map of downtown San Diego.

Click here for the San Diego Attendee Guide!

Hotels

Hotel

Distance from Convention Center

The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

0.1 miles

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

0.1 miles

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

0.2 miles

Omni San Diego Hotel

0.2 miles

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

0.3 miles

Hotel Z-A Piece of Pineapple Hospitality

0.3 miles

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

0.5 miles

Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay Downtown

0.6 miles

Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town (group discount rate is 159.00+tax. Call for detail: (619) 298-4707 

4 miles

For a complete list of hotels and hostels, please click here.

The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

This hotel has breathtaking views of the San Diego Bay and is a short drive to many attractions, such as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Seaport Village, as well as the San Diego Conference Center. It also has a resort-style pool with cabanas, a bar, spa and fitness center. You will be greatly taken care of if you decide to stay here.

Marriott Marquis

For reservations and bookings at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina:

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Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-622-3056, Reservations Local Phone: 619-234-1500

Attractions and Places to Visit

Gas LampDowntown Gaslamp Quarter

Unconditional Surrender
"Unconditional Surrender" Statue, near USS Midway

San Diego Zoo

SeaWorld Theme Park

Seaport Village - 50+ shops, 17 diverse restaurants, and outdoor entertainment

Epicurean San Diego - Food, Farm, & Libation Tours

San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Museum of Art

Museum of Photographic Arts

San Diego Natural History Museum

USS Midway Museum

Hotel del Coronado - San Diego landmark and icon on Coronado Island

Old Town - Hispanic culture, shops, restaurants and entertainment

Gaslamp Quarter - Downtown shops, restaurants and nightlife

Balboa Park - Museums, gardens, performing arts and recreation

Coronado Hotel
The beautiful, iconic Hotel del Coronado

For a coupon book to save money on dining, attractions, activities and more, click here!

Transportation

If you are arriving by plane, the conference center is located 3 miles (just 10 minutes!) from the San Diego International Airport.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

The famous San Diego Trolley and bus are great ways to get around the city. The San Diego Trolley has two stops directly in front of the convention center at Harbor Drive/First Avenue and Harbor Drive/Fifth Avenue. For public transportation schedules and more information please click here.

Click here for a trolley map.

San Diego Free Ride

Once downtown, try the new environmentally-friendly electric shuttle service, which is free for everyone. Just wave down one of the San Diego Free Ride electric vehicles or text (619) 821-0520! San Diego Free Ride runs seven days a week, 12- 9 pm (PST).

Car Rentals

Cars can be rented near the airport from different companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, E-Z, and Hertz at the new Rental Car Center. Free shuttle busses will run continually between airport terminals and the Rental Car Center.

For driving directions, please visit the San Diego Convention Center website or click here.

Parking

On-site parking is available at the parking garage located below the convention center. The daily rate is $15 (can range up to $35 for special events). Parking questions? Call ACE Parking at 619-237-0399. Off-site parking is available at various nearby parking lots and garages in downtown San Diego, which many are within walking distance of the convention center. Metered street parking is also available in some areas.

Explore San Diego

On April 24th at 18:00, we will leave for a networking dinner on the beautiful Coronado Island. We will take a 15-minute ferry ride from the Convention Center to Coronado Island. You will be able to walk around many shops and restaurants, sightsee, and view the San Diego skyline across the bay. We will then come together for dinner near the harbor.

Afterwards, we will ferry back to the San Diego Convention Center, where you may take a 10-minute walk to Seaport Village. This is an iconic village in downtown San Diego that has many local shops and views. As this is downtown, it will be near most participants’ hotels to end the night.

We believe that this event will offer our participants a greater networking opportunity, as we will have more participation. Each participant will pay their $55 fee, and this will include both of the ferry rides and the dinner.

Click on these links to learn more about each place:

Coronado Ferry Landing

Seaport Village

Coronado Island

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Cruise Ship