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24th International Conference of FFC - 12th International

Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice

 

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


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.


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

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

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:

  • 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

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

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

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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

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