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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. 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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com, 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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. 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: ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. 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

275.00

225.00

325.00

275.00

345.00

295.00

Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC

275.00

225.00

375.00

325.00

395.00

345.00

Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC

555.00

455.00

645.00

545.00

675.00

575.00

Food and Medical Industry -Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC

$555.00

$455.00

705.00

605.00

775.00

675.00

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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com.

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 ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. For international calls, please use: 469-441-8272, Toll free: 1-866-202-0487


Research and Review Abstracts Sample

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

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.

(Please note: the portion below is required for our records, but will not appear in the published abstract)

FFC's 24th International Conference
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

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission deadline extended to August 5th, 2018, 5 pm (PST). 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 3 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 included in word count. Please send your abstract to the ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com via the attached file.

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

Click here for the sample abstract.

Abstract Accepted for the Presentation:

Poster presentation recommendations:

  • 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.
  • Present the title, the author(s), affiliation(s), and a description of the research, along with highlighting the abstract's major elements.
  • Minimize detail and try to use simple statements. Keep it short and easy to read.
  • Remember that pictures, tables, and figures are key to any poster display.
  • If possible, use color in your visuals.
  • Don't overwhelm the audience with excessive information. Instead, construct a display that enhances the presentation.
  • At least 50% of the surface area should be used for photos, graphs and diagrams.
  • Use a clear structure and layout.
  • Use complementary colors. Use black or dark blue for text. Too much color can be hard to read!
  • One or two large, high quality photographs attract attention.
  • Your title should be a condensed statement of the main idea of your poster. It should be large and clear.
  • Your poster title should be easily readable from a distance of 3-4 meters. Include author(s) name(s), and address(es).
  • We recommend the following sections on the poster: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Tables, Figures, Results, and Conclusions.
  • Please confirm your poster number on the list. The posters with odd numbers will be presented on September 20, 2018 and the posters with even numbers will be presented on September 21, 2018.
  • 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.
  • Please present your work in front of your own poster during the poster session.
  • The best poster presentation award will be chosen by votes of all participants.
  • 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.

For more information on oral presentation please visit conference program page.

Abstracts Accepted for Presentation:


O* -  abstract for oral presentation

P** - abstract for poster presentation

P1. Sheila Wicks. Osteogenic effects of blackcurrant and Acai extracts in human hFOB osteoblasts and transgenic medaka

P2. Sheila Wicks. Vitamin D2 induces apoptosis in breast and colon cancer cell lines via caspase 3/7 and 8 and has synergistic effects with vitamin D3 and all-trans-retinoic acid

P3. Sheila Wicks. Resveratrol and dietary anthocyanins reduce osteoblast apoptosis, increase osteoblast proliferastion, and reduce osteoclastogenesis in transgenic medaka

O1. Hossein Mirmiranpour. Assessment of flabone effect on oxidants and antioxidants in patients with type 2 diabetes

O2. Karen Lau. Functional Food Regulation in New Zealand

P4. Junyi Wang. Phytochemical Profiles, Antioxidant activity, and Antiglycemic activity of Organic and Conventional Beetroot and Processed Products

O3. Okoronkwo Nnenna Ejije. Examining the Functional Components of Different Species of Sesame Seeds

P5. Siddanagouda Shivanagoudra. Potential anti-diabetic compounds from Momordica charantia L

O4. Nweze Chibuzo Carole. Comparative Effects of Antioxidant Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods on Cellular Immunity of Appartently Healthy Volunteers

O5. Defi Pramesti. Shagaol , An Antioxidant Substance,  in Bandrek as an Agent to Inhibit Breast Cancer Invasion

O6. Mache Seibel. Foods & Nutrition To Help Manage Menopause

O7. Victoria Pardo Uzitas. Creating Trends: How food companies are bridging scientific discovery and consumer need in the quest for the next great product

O8. Temitope Abu. Comparative Study of the Effects of Germination and Fermentation on Antioxidant Properties of African Locus Beans (Parkia biglobosa) Seeds

O9. Kuhu Roy. Role of Silymarin in the Management of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: Time to Clear the Mist

P6. Stanijuanita Marantika. The Effect of Honey as Wound Healer towards Diabetes Mellitus’ Complications Patients

P7. Lu Zhang. Improvement effect ofLuffa cylindrica on obesity though modulating lipid-absorption pathway

O10. Nila Ghanei. The effect of probiotic supplementation on clinical, endocrinal and immunological parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

O11. Arshad Mehmood Abbasi. Phenolics composition and in-vitro free radical scavenging activity of edible wild fruits by the inhabitants of Himalayan region-Pakistan

O12. Tom O’Bryan. The Dangers of A gluten-free Diet

P8. Mengxuan Shi. The anti-obesity effects evaluation of nutritious fruit – vegetable powders using in vitro fermentation

P9. Pengpu Wu. Blueberry anthocyanins extract modulates acrylamide-induced change of gut microbiota in rats.

O13. Oluwatoyin Oluwole. Integrating Consumption of Functional Food Products Into Food Industries

O14. Nuria Martínez Sáez. Evaluation of melatonin and other bioactive compounds in widespread teas and herbal infusions

O15. Ruud Albers. Development of innovative natural immunomodulatory health ingredient from carrots

O16. Christy Kadharmestan. Contributing Factors to Future Success of Functional Food Products

P10. Susan Bires. Blood Glucose Level and Lipid Profile of Alloxan-Induced Hyperglycemic Rats Treated with Single and Combinatorial Herbal Formulations

O17. Gianluca Tognon. Is cheese a functional food?

P11  Hongyan Wang. An acidic polysaccharide from Dendrobium huoshanense attenuates development of type 2 diabetes by regulating hepatic glucose homeostasis and islet β-cells function in mice

P12. Mehboob Manji. Usage of Red kidney beans to enhance kidney function in chronic renal failure

O19. Mehboob Manji. Especially Designed Ready to Consume Nutritional Food  for Preventing of Non-Communicable Disease

O20. Bernd Markert. Lithium as phase stabilizer for neurological diseases / effects on reduction of suicide rates, bipolar disorders, dementia, Alzheimer, and other mental related diseases

P13. Carolina Gomez Catano. Development of filled gluten free cup cake with hydrocololoids for celiacs.

O21. Izabela Tanska. Regulation and Innovations in the EU or Development & Marketing of new functional food products in the EU

P14. Ennio Avolio. The effects of psychobiotic formulation on anxiety status and body composition parameters

P15. Alexandra Zambrano.  Cytotoxic and antioxidant properties in vitro of Functional beverages based on blackberry (Rubus sp.) and soursop (Annona muricata L.) pulps

P16. Ennio Avolio. Psychobiotics regulate the anxiety symptoms in carriers of allele A of IL1-b gene: a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial

P17. Ennio Avolio. Probiotics modify body weight together with anxiety states via pro-inflammatory factors in HFD-treated Syrian golden hamster

O22. Tugba Yilmaz. Aptamer based electrochemical detection of disease biomarkers that have relations with functional foods

P18. Mehboob Manji. Especially Designed Ready to Consume Nutritional Food for Preventing of Non-Communicable Disease

Guidelines for Full Paper Submission:

Participants with accepted abstracts may write full articles:

Congratulations. You have been chosen out of the many who have submitted abstracts to submit a full length article to our journals. As we know this is an international conference, we will also be providing professional help with the English quality and proof-reading of your manuscripts.

Articles should be 7-15 pages in length. If you submit an article within the deadline, you can get a 50% discount for article publication fee. Full-text papers should be submitted before September 18th, 2018. We are extending the deadline as some of the other authors are asking for another week extension. 

We want to stress how excellent an opportunity this is. Conference participants will be able to submit articles to our journal with a 50% discount and get published within 2-3 months. Furthermore, all published articles will be advertised in our LinkedIn groups and newsletters, which will increase exposure and citation for your articles.

Please note that article submission is mandatory for oral presenters. If you published your research in another journal already, let us know as soon as possible. Another option is to submit a review article on a similar topic.

You can visit our our journal website at: www.ffhdj.com. You can submit your articles via the journal email to editor@ffhdj.com. If you have any other questions, let us know.

  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 off our standard publication fee. The final cost will be $348.00. 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, 2018, and it is mandatory for oral presenters. We are extending the deadline, as other authors have asked for another week extension. Full-text papers should be submitted before September 18th, 2018.

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).

Conference Organizers and Committee Members

Conference Organizers:

Conference organized by Functional Food Center and Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Teaching Hospital

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

Danik Martirosyan, Ph.D., Conference co-chairman, President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA

George Perry, Ph.D., Dean and Professor, College of Sciences, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, United States

Amrendra Ajay, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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

Nancy J. Emenaker, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

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

24th International Conference of FFC - 12th International Symposium of ASFFBC


Functional Foods, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice


September 20-21, 2018, at Joseph Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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Conference Program


September 20, 2018

8:20-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:10 Welcome and opening remarks: Bioactive compounds: The key to functional foodsDanik Martirosyan, Co-chairman, PhD, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA

9:10-9:30 Tom O'Bryan, DC, CNC, Educator and Physician at the Dr.com, Celiac Disease/Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmunity, Functional Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA. The dangers of a Gluten-Free diet

Session 1: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session Chairs:  Dr. Debasis Bagchi and Dr. Danik Martirosyan

9:30-9:55 Willette Crawford, PhD, MPH, Principal Consultant and Owner at Katalyst Consulting LLC, Instructor at Northeastern University, San Francisco, USA. The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): the safety of functional and healthy foods and regulatory challenges

9:55-10:20 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Nutraceutical and functional food regulations in USA and Japan

10:20-10:45 Karen Lau, Senior Adviser Supplemented Food, Biosecurity Science, Food Science and Risk Assessment Directorate, Ministry for Primary Industries,  Wellington, New Zealand. Functional food regulation in New Zealand

10:45-11:10 Izabela Tanska, Food Law Advisor, IGI Food Consulting LLC, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Department, Warszawa, PolandDevelopment and marketing of new functional food products in the EU

11:10 11:30 Panel Discussion

11:30-11:40 Coffee Break

Session 2: Biomarkers, Bioinformatics, Bioactive Molecules for Development of Functional Foods. Session Chair: Dr. Jin-Rong Zhou, Co-chairman: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

11:40-12:05 Uma Naidoo, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. "Your Brain on Food”: Implications for mental health

12:05-12:25 Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Research Training Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. Systems biology and bioinformatics for development of functional foods

12:25-12:45 Tugba Yilmaz, Ph.D. Student, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. Electrochemical response amplification of the redox molecules in the detection of biomarkers

Lunch: 12:45 -13:30

Session 3: Functional Foods Consumption: Product Development, Marketing and Consumer Acceptance. Session Chairs: Dr. Darin Detwiler and Ms. Victoria Pardo Uzitas

13:30-13:55 Ennio Avolio, PhD, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.  Probiotics modify body weight together with anxiety states via pro-inflammatory factors in HFD-treated Syrian golden hamster

13:55-14:20 Victoria Pardo Uzitas, Managing Director, Food Science, Consumer Package Goods, UbiquityBiz, Carlsbad CA, USA. Creating Trends: How food companies are bridging scientific discovery and consumer need in the quest for the next great product

14:20-14:45 Darin Detwiler, LP.D., Assistant Dean, Professor of Food Policy and Regulatory Compliance, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Boston, MA, USA. Industry imperatives for implementing Blockchain as a tool for food authenticity: quality, safety, fraud, defense, and security

14:45-14:55 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 4: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases. Session Chairs: Dr.Amrendra  Ajay and Dr. Machelle Seibel

14:50-15:10 Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. The effect of probiotics on cancer, mood and emotions: clinical trials and epidemiological studies

15:10-15:30 Kuhu Roy, PhD, Nutrition Consultant, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The role of silymarin in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Time to clear the mist

15:30-15:55 Machelle Seibel, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Foods and nutrition to help manage menopause

15:55-16:20 Amrendra K. Ajay, PhD, Department of Medicine, Renal Division, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA USA. Functional food considerations for patients with chronic kidney disease

16:20- 16:45 Nilla Ghanei, PhD in Nutrition Sciences, The Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. The effect of probiotic supplementation on clinical, endocrinal and immunological parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome

16:45-17:15 Session 5: Poster Session

17:15-17:30 Conference closing

17:30-19:30 Evening Networking Reception 
17:30-19:30
 Evening Networking Reception: On the evening of September 20, 2018, we will be holding an enjoyable networking opportunity with us at JM Conference Center from 17:30-19:30.  All attendees and speakers are welcome to come. This event will also be providing refreshments and appetizers, including beer, wine, champagne, Italian cheeses, salads, and more. Space is limited, and advance online registration is required. Please let us know if you are interested (ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com)

September 21, 2018

Session 6: Nutrition and Functional Foods for Patients with Prediabetes and Diabetes. Session Chairs: Dr. Bagchi and Dr. Harry Preuss

8:30-8:55 Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Professor, Depa rtment of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C, USA. Assessing aging paradox in circulating ALT of healthy volunteers over life span

8:55-9:20 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA.  Blood pressure interplay between dietary sugars and salt in diabetics

9:20-9:45 Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA. Protective efficacy of mango (Mangifera indica) and Mangigerin in pre-diabetics

9:45-9:55 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7. Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Session Chairs: Dr. Kanakaraju Kaliannan and Dr. Bernd Markert

9:55-10:20 Sheila Wicks, MD, MBA, Department of Pharmacy,  University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA; Department of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA. Resveratrol and dietary anthocyanins reduce osteoblast apoptosis, increase osteoblast proliferation, and reduce osteoclastogenesis in transgenic medaka

10:20 -10:45 Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks, Haren/Ems, Germany. Lithium as phase stabilizer for neurological diseases / effects on reduction of suicide rates, bipolar disorders, dementia, Alzheimer, and other mental related diseases

11:45 - 12:10 Nuria Martínez Saez, PhD, Research professor at Basque Culinary Center, Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences, Mondragón University, Spain. Teas and herbal infusions as sources of melatonin and other bioactive non-nutrient components 

12:10-12:35 Ruud Albers, PhD, CEO, Founder, NutriLeads Ingredients for Health, Wageningen Gelderland, Netherlands. Development of innovative natural immunomodulatory health ingredient from carrots.

12:35-13:00 Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD,  Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Multiomic and transgenic mouse technologies reveal elevated tissue omega-6/omega-3 ratio as a risk factor for chronic disease

Lunch: 13:00-13:45

Session 8: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products: Session Chairs: Ms. Sylvia Tam and Ms. Christy Kadharmestan

13:45-14:10 Gianluca Tognon, Founder, The Food Scientist, Gothenburg, Sweden. Is cheese a functional food?

14:10-14:35 Christy Kadharmestan, Senior Formulator, International Research & Development, Pharmavite LLC, Valencia, CA, USA. Contributing factors to future success of functional foods

14:35-15:00 Sylvia Tam, Founder and CEO, Beviva, Upland, CA, USA. Research, Development and Marketing of New Functional Food Products

15:00-15:10 Coffee Break

15:10-15:50 Session 9Poster Session

15:50-16:00 Awards and Certificates

16:00-16:15 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 $895.00, 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 two days of the submission date.

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

Expected Exhibitors:

  • Thunderbird Real Food Bars, Austin, TX, USA
  • Baobab Foods, LLC , WA, USA
  • Finlandia Cheese Inc. Greater New York City Area, USA
  • Virginia Raw Foods, Los Angeles CA, USA
  • Honey Mama's, Portland, OR, USA
  • Baobab Foods, LLC, Food & Beverages  Bellevue, WA, USA
  • Fruit Bliss, Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Further Food: Health, Wellness and Fitness  New York, NY, USA
  • Proformance Foods, Inc. manufactures protein chips, Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • Fulfill Food & Beverages (Karuna), Corvallis, OR, USA
  • Choice Organic Teas, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Beviva Foods, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • UbiquityBiz, San Diego, CA, USA

Registration Form

Potential Speakers

Kanakaraju Kaliannan MD

Kanakaraju Kaliannan MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

Multiomic and transgenic mouse technologies reveal elevated tissue omega-6/omega-3 ratio as a risk factor for chronic disease

Uma Naidoo, MD

Uma Naidoo, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Functional Foods & the Impact on Anxiety and Mood

Amrendra Ajay, PhD

Amrendra Ajay, PhD, Session Chair and Lecturer, Consultant at Tilos Therapeutics, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Functional food considerations for patients with chronic kidney disease

Machelle Seibel, MD

Machelle Seibel, MD, Member of Faculty at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Founder and Editor at The Hot Years™ - My Menopause Magazine Foods and Nutrition to Help Manage Menopause.

 Foods and Nutrition to Help Manage Menopause

Danik Martirosyan

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

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

 FFC's Advancement of Functional Food Definition: Evaluating Scientific Evidence

Jin-Rong (Joseph) Zhou

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

Session Chair and Lecturer: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Cancer

Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk

Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Research Training Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Genomics and Functional Foods

Hossein Mirmiranpour

Hossein Mirmiranpour, MD, PhD, Assistant professor in Biochemistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Trhran, Iran. 

Assessment of flabone effect on oxidants and antioxidants in patients with type 2 diabetes

Md Nunrunnabi

Md Nunrunnabi, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Presentation Topic: Presentation topic pending.

Karen Lau

Karen Lau, Senior Adviser Supplemented Food, Biosecurity Science, Food Science and Risk Assessment Directorate, Ministry for Primary Industries,  Wellington, New Zealand

Functional Food Regulation in New Zealand

Manashi Bagchi

Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA

Special Session: Nutrition and Functional Foods for Patients with Prediabetes and Diabetes

Protective Efficacy of Mango (Mangifera indica) and Mangigerin in Pre-Diabetics

Harry G. Preuss

Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C, USA

Presentation Topic: The Deadly Triangle: A Novel Nutritional Concept Comprising Insulin Resistance, Central Fat Accumulation as well as Aging and Its Metabolic Perturbations

Debasis Bagchi Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA
Blood Pressure Interplay between Dietary Sugars and Salt in Diabetics
Nancy J. Emenaker

Nancy J. Emenaker, PhD, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Session co-chair: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Cancer

Gabriela Riscuta MD

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

The effect of probiotics on cancer, mood and emotions: clinical trials and epidemiological studies

Victoria Pardo Uzitas

Victoria Pardo Uzitas, Managing Director, Food Science, Consumer Package Goods, UbiquityBiz, Carlsbad CA, USA

Presentation topic: Creating Trends: How food companies are bridging scientific discovery and consumer need in the quest for the next great product

Sheila Wicks

Sheila Wicks, MD, MBA, Department of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA

Presentation topic: Resveratrol and dietary anthocyanins reduce osteoblast apoptosis, increase osteoblast proliferastion, and reduce osteoclastogenesis in transgenic medaka

Mira Dessy

Mira Dessy, Nutritionist, Nutrition Educator, Public Speaker, The Ingredient Guru, Spring Texas, USA 

How to read the label and understand what's really in your food

Luciana Bueno

Luciana Bueno, PhD, Research at Clinical Nutrition Science in Food Sicence and Technology, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Research and Development of New Functional Food Products in Brazil

Kuhu Roy

Kuhu Roy, PhD, Nutrition Consultant / Content writer-author, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Role of Silymarin in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Time to clear the mist

Dr. Darin Detwiler

Dr. Darin Detwiler, LP.D., Assistant Dean / Professor of Food Policy and Regulatory Compliance, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Boston, MA, USA

Food Industry's Imperatives for Food Quality, Safety, Authenticity, Defense, and Security

Alexandra Zambrano

Alexandra Zambrano, Analyst of new products at Zisnella, Food Science and Technology Institute, Universidad Central de VenezuelaMiranda Area, Venezuela 

Fruit beverages and health 

Sajid Maqsood

Sajid Maqsood, PhD, Professor, Food Science Department, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University Al Ain Abu Dhabi Al Ain United Arab Emirates

Novel bioactive peptides from camel milk protein hydrolysates as potential functional food ingredients

Sylvia Tam

Sylvia Tam, CEO, Creator of delicious and functional snacks, Founder at Beviva Foods, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Research, development & marketing of new functional food products

Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Dr. Tom O'Bryan, Educator and Physician at theDr.com, Celiac Disease/Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmunity, Functional Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

The Dangers of a Gluten-Free Diet

Christina Khoo

Christina Khoo, Director, Global Health Science & Nutrition Policy at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc, Lakeville, MA, USA

Cranberries: Strategies to Deliver a Unique North American Super Fruit for Health

Nilla Ghanei

Nilla Ghanei, PhD in Nutrition Sciences and Immunology, postdoctoral in drug discovery and development, The Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

The effect of probiotic supplementation on clinical, endocrinal and immunological parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Ruud Albers

Ruud Albers, Founder NutriLeads BV, recognized global expert in nutrition, immune function, inflammation, and gastro-intestinal health 

Development of innovative natural immunomodulatory health ingredient from carrots

Christy Kadharmestan

Christy Kadharmestan, Senior Formulator, International Research & Development, Pharmavite LLC, Valencia, CA, USA

Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

Sam Teece

Sam Teece, MPH, RDN, LDN, Consultant Dietitian at Sam Teece Nutrition Consulting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Marketing for better heart health: Exploring the consumer perspective of Functional Foods as related to cardiovascular disease

Willette M Crawford

Willette M Crawford, PhD, MPH, Principal Consultant & Owner at Katalyst Consulting LLC, Instructor at Northeastern University, San Francisco

The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): the safety of functional and healthy foods and regulatory challenges

Nuria Martínez Saez

Nuria Martínez Sáez, PhD, Research professor at Basque Culinary Center, Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences, Mondragón University, Spain

Teas and herbal infusions as sources of melatonin and other bioactive non-nutrient components 

Izabela Tanska

Izabela Tanska, CEO, Food Law Advisor, IGI Food Consulting, Warsaw, Poland 

Development and marketing of new functional food products in the EU

Ghanya Al-Naqeb

Ghanya Al-Naqeb, PhD, Associated Professor, Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy at The Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany

Selected of herbal Yemeni plants as a Functional Foods

Rohana Lazo

Rohana Lazo, Quality Specialist at Beautycounter, Quality Assurance, Beautycounter, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Food Safety and Quality

Gina Galvan

Gina Galvan, CEO, Mood for Food Consult - Product Innovation and Strategic Development for Food and Beverage
Orange County, California, USA

How functionality is driving new product innovation in consumer goods

Tugba Yilmaz

Tugba Yilmaz, Ph.D. Student, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA. Electrochemical response amplification of the redox molecules in the detection of biomarkers

Berned Markert

Berned Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks, Haren/Ems, Germany. Lithium as phase stabilizer for neurological diseases / effects on reduction of suicide rates, bipolar disorders, dementia, Alzheimer, and other mental related diseases

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 24th International Conference will be held at the Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. It will be timely in presenting new and relevant information focused on the importance of bioactive compounds and functional foods.

Conference Center at Harvard Since 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 10,000 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 Prospectus

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, PhD, 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 800,000 readers 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 acknowledgment, 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 1: 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 2: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for 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
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for obesity

Session 3: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Diabetes

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

Session 4: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for 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
  • Nutrition, Functional and Medical foods for neurological diseases

Session 5: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)

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

Session 6: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for 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
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical Foods for the Cancer

Session 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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 10: 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 (12): Functional Foods in Chronic Kidney Disease. Session Chair: Amrendra Ajay, PhD, Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

  • Epidemiology of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • The modern mechanisms of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Biomarkers of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Chronic Kidney Disease

Session 13: Current Research and Development of New Functional and Healthy Food Products.

  • Incentives for functional and healthy food research and development
  • Consumer acceptance of healthy and functional food products
  • Functional food composition and dietary intake databases
  • Food vehicles for delivery bioactive compounds
  • Research, development and marketing of new healthy and functional food products

Session 15: Nutritional Approach to Manage Chronic Allergies with Functional Foods

  • Chronic allergies: What causes them and what are the symptoms?
  • Functional foods in the management of food allergy
  • Dietary management of chronic food allergy in children
  • The role of nutrition in the development and functioning of the immune system
  • The role of prebiotics and probiotics in the prevention of chronic allergy

Session 16: The Human Microbiome, Diet, Functional Foods, and Health

  • The microbiome, health, and disease
  • How diet impacts the microbiome
  • Diet, obesity, and the gut microbiome
  • Impact of microbiome on oral and gastrointestinal health
  • Future market of functional food products for human microbiome
  • Translation of probiotic and prebiotic science into probiotic and prebiotic foods
  • How to build and preserve health capital through food

Venue and Accommodation

Conference Center at Harvard

The conference will take place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School on September 20-21, 2018. Please read on to find more information regarding the venue, hotel, and possible places to visit while staying in Boston!

Venue

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

The conference will be held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA). The conference center is located within The New Research Building at Harvard Medical School. Please refer to the campus map for directions. If you have any general question about the conference room location, directions, parking, etc., please call the conference center at 617-432-8990.

Accommodations: Recommended Hotels

The Inn at Longwood Medical

342 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-731-4700
www.innatlongwood.com
This is located within walking distance of MCCHMS.

Fairmont Copley Plaza

138 St. James Avenue
Boston, MA 0221
617-267 5300
www.Fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston
This is about 10-minute cab ride from the facility and also accessible on the MBTA.

Courtyard Boston Brookline

40 Webster Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-734-1393
www.brooklinecourtyard.com
Located 1.5 miles from the Conference Center;
Complimentary Shuttle Service to
Longwood Medical Area

Holiday Inn

1200 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
617-277-1200
www.holidayinn.com
Located 1.5 miles from the Conference Center;
Complimentary Shuttle Service to
Longwood Medical Area

Sheraton Boston
Westin Boston & Waterfront
W Hotel Boston
www.Starwoodhotels.com
The Sheraton and Westin are about 10-minute cab ride from the facility and also accessible on the MBTA.

Crosstown Center
811 Massachusetts Ave Boston
617- 445-6400
www.bostonhamptoninn.com
Complimentary Shuttle Service to
Longwood Medical Area

Boston Back Bay - Fenway
125 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
617-236-8787
www.residenceinnbackbay.com
This is located within walking distance
of MCCHMS or a short cab ride.

Hotel Commonwealth
500 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 933-5000
www.hotelcommonwealth.com
This is located within
a short cab ride.

Tourism

Boston

Boston is one of America’s oldest cities. Since 1822, it served as the economic and cultural hub of New England. Over 617,000 residents inhabit this city and millions more visit each year for the chance to immerse themselves in Boston’s rich history and vibrant culture. Home to many world-class educational institutions such as Harvard University, Boston College, Berklee College of Music, and MIT, the Boston area is a mecca for academic excellence. In addition, Boston boasts some of the best inpatient hospitals in the world. Through museums, nightlife, restaurants, and sports teams, Boston offers all the amenities and excitement of a modern metropolitan city, while managing to maintain its welcoming atmosphere and historic roots.

Places to Visit

Newbury Street: Boston’s most captivating street offers eight blocks of world-renowned restaurants, coffee shops, nightlife, and shopping. With a wide variety of destinations that accommodate all ages and price ranges, Newbury Street has something for everyone. Try Stephanie’s on Newbury for a meal with a view, or just take a walk along the street to soak up all its unique charm and ambiance.

Duck Tours: Boston Duck Tours - for our more adventurous conference goers, or for those who just want to experience something a bit more out of the normal day-to-day then we heartily recommend boarding a Boston Duck Tour! Located 12 minutes away by car from the conference, Boston Duck Tours offers conference goers the opportunity to climb aboard a replica World War II amphibious DUKW vehicle for an 80 minute historical tour of Boston that may start on land, but by the end will have you cruising leisurely along the Charles River for an experience you will never forget! Fortunately ANY conference goer who would love to experience this iconic tour is capable of doing so. Should they be interested, when tickets for September go on sale in August online at https://tickets.bostonducktours.com/SelectDate.aspx?TrackingType=Customer&ActivityID=55 conference goers should buy their tickets online, and type "FFoods18" under promotional codes at checkout. If typed correctly then 5 dollars will be taken off as a token of our gratitude for attending the conference. If however tickets online sell out then you can still buy tickets for the Boston Duck Tours outside the Prudential Center in front of Star Market, located at 53 Huntington Ave starting at 8:30 AM the day of. Please note however that the discount is ONLY available through online purchases so buying them online is STRONGLY advised.

Contact Information:  53 Huntington, Boston, MA Phone:  617-267-3825, web:  https://tickets.bostonducktours.com

Freedom Trail: For a one-of-a-kind history lesson, follow the freedom trail to see 16 different historical sites. This 4 km walking trail includes museums, meetinghouses, and churches. Visitors can take a self-guided tour, or opt for a guided one depending on personal preference and time restraints.

Faneuil Hall: Located in the heart of downtown Boston, you can experience the marketplace that has been hosting shoppers since 1742. This eclectic urban marketplace lets you dine, shop, and even enjoy some of Boston’s best street performers all at once. Additionally, its location right across from the New England Aquarium allows you to see two prominent Boston attractions in one afternoon.

Museums: With its vast historic and academic roots, it is no wonder Boston holds a wide array of museums. The Boston Museum of Science features permanent and rotating exhibits exploring topics such as Cosmic Light and Nanotechnology. They also offer planetarium and IMAX shows. For those who prefer art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts has collections ranging from ancient Egypt to modern American, as well as everything in between. If neither of those options interests you, there are a multitude of other museums including the Boston Fire Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and the USS Constitution Museum.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum:  For the conference goer who possess a desire to learn more about the life and times of one of this country’s more fascinating Presidents as well as those who were closest to him then the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is the place for you! Located 24 minutes from the conference by car, this riveting tribute to a truly one-of-a-kind President has everything one could hope for from a 20-minute documentary covering JFK's early years all the way to exhibits covering everything from his nomination for the office of President, his actual presidency, his part in helping America win the race to space against the Russians, his tragic and untimely assassination in Dallas, TX and the legacy he ultimately left behind. So if you are the kind of conference goer who would love a chance to visit a place that celebrates not only the life, but the achievements of our 35th President then this is the place for you! Best news of all however: ANY conference goer who would be interested in visiting will have 2 dollars taken off your final price of admission. Just go and show them your badge and the discount will be applied right away. Don’t miss it! 

Contact Information: 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121, phone: 617-635-4505, website:  https://www.boston.gov/parks/franklin-park

Franklin Park: Should you find yourself wanting to catch a break from the engaging lectures and presentations at the conference then attendees are welcome to go and visit Franklin Park. A wonderful yet tranquil area that offers a tremendous view of the city as well as other attractions including a zoo, public golf course, and the renowned Arnold Arboretum all within walking distance, the Franklin Park is located just 17 minutes away from the conference by car, and offers all conference goers that rare place that is not only easy to get to, but that is also where one can truly just go for a walk and clear their head after a long day. 

Contact Information: Columbia Point, Boston, MA 02125, Phone: 617-514-1600; https://www.jfklibrary.org/

Boston

Transportation

MBTA

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is an extremely popular form of transportation within the city of Boston. This system includes the subway, train, and bus lines. There are a number of passes that can be purchased for those who are only staying temporarily such as the 7-day Link Pass, which costs just $19 USD and includes unlimited traveling within the week.

Car Rentals

Cars can be rented near the airport from different companies such as Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, and Hertz. Some of these companies also offer a pick-up service where they come pick you up and take you to the renting location to get your rental car. There are also other website such as Expedia, Kayak, and Vroom that offer cheaper options from the same companies, so be sure to visit those if you choose to rent a car!

Rental Car Company

Telephone Number

Alamo Car Rental

(888) 826-6893

Avis Car Rental

(617) 568-6602

Budget Rental Car

(617) 568-6601

Dollar Rent A Car

(866) 434-2226

Enterprise Rent A Car

(617) 561-4488

Hertz Car Rental

(617) 568-5200

Touring/Networking

Following the first day of the conference on the evening of September 20, 2018, we would like to invite all attendees and speakers to come enjoy an enjoyable networking opportunity with us! The event will take place at JM Conference Center at Harvard Medical School from 5:30-7:30 p.m.