Functional Food Center

24th International Conference of FFC - 12th International

Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice


September 20-21, 2018, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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24th International Conference of FFC

Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 24th International Conference "Functional Foods, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice." The conference will be held in Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School Boston, the USA on September 20-21, 2018. This conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases. Conference organized by FFC and Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Teaching Hospital.

Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session Topics:

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

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

Call for Abstracts:

Abstract submission deadline extended to August 5th, 2018, 5 pm (PST). Please contact to organizing committee if you would like to submit late abstract after August 5th, sinc ewe might be not able to publish your abstract in the book. The entire abstract should have a maximum of 1,000 words, up to three pages (including references). There is no up-front fee for submitting a conference abstract. Once the abstract is generally accepted for the conference, the corresponding/first author is responsible to pay the abstract publication fee of $49 within 10 days. Failure to pay the abstract publication fee within 10 days after abstract acceptance day will result in a late abstract publication fee of $99. First authors are expected to register, pay the conference and abstract fee, and present the paper (if submission is accepted). In the case of an emergency and the author(s) are unable to attend the conference, they are required to pay an abstract publication fee of $99. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to Please review our sample abstract.

There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract before May 31, 2018. In the case that the first author cannot attend the conference and present, he or she must contact the conference organizing committee via e-mail at, to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before May 31, 2018.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after May 31, 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 August 5, 2018, at 5 pm will not be accepted. For any information concerning publications, please contact us at For more information about abstract submission, click here.

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.

Registration Fees:

The registration fee will cover the Conference Proceedings book (Abstract book) and lunches and refreshments for two days. It will also cover a 12-month membership to the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. Each registration allows the registrant to present up to 3 accepted abstracts maximum. Registration includes access to the entire program and Expo, meals, presentation materials and networking with expert speakers and organizing committee members.

Cancellation Policy: Before February 22, 2018: 75% refund; before May 30, 2018: 50%refund; after May 30, 2018: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat, at: All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

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

Conference registration fees are in USD 

  Registration Type

Discounted Registration Fee  

June 1st to July 1st, 2018

Discounted Registration Fee  

July 1st to August 1st, 2018

Registration Fee  

August 1st toSeptember 1st, 2018

Student Nonmembers*

Student Members of ASFFBC







Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC







Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC







Food and Medical Industry -Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC







Exhibitor/Vendor 675.00 825.00 895.00
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 49.00 99.00
Evening Networking Reception

 Included in Conference Registration Fee

Included in Conference  Registration Fee

Included in Conference Registration Fee

*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.

Paper Submission:

Abstract submission deadline extended to August 5th, 2018, 5 pm (PST). Full-text papers for oral presentations or posters should be submitted before June 30th, 2018. Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before September 15th, 2018. Please send all documents to

Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change.
Disclaimer: Functional Food Center, Inc, is not affiliated with Harvard University, nor is Functional Food Center, Inc, a Harvard University program or activity.

For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at For international calls, please use: 469-441-8272, Toll free: 1-866-202-0487