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


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.



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










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 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 

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

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

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)



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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