Functional Food Center

25th International Conference of FFC - 13th International Symposium of ASFFBC

Encounters of Functional Foods and Asian Traditional Medicines

October 27 – 28, 2018, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka-Ibaraki Campus, Osaka, Japan

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The Functional Food Center (FFC) is excited to announce the FFC’s 2018 International Conference titled “Encounters of Functional Foods and Asian Traditional Medicines.” This conference will be held on October 27 – 28, 2018 at Ritsumeikan University, Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in Osaka, Japan. The aim of this conference is to bring together leaders and experts in the field of functional foods to discuss and share ideas utilizing functional foods for medicine to combat various diseases. 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.

Main Conference Sessions:

  • Functional Food Definition and the Status in Japan and USA
  • Japanese traditional medicine (Kampo medicine)
  • Traditional medicines in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Indonesia
  • Traditional medicines and functional foods
  • Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health
  • Immunomodulation by Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
  • Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases
  • Prevention and Management of Dementia
  • Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

Call for Abstracts:

The abstract submission deadline extented to September 17th, 2018, 5 pm (PST). The entire abstract should have a maximum of 1,000 words, up to three pages (including references). There is no up-front fee for submitting a conference abstract. Once the abstract is generally accepted for the conference, the corresponding/first author is responsible to pay the abstract publication fee of $49 within 10 days. Failure to pay the abstract publication fee within 10 days after abstract acceptance day will result in a late abstract publication fee of $99. First authors are expected to register, pay the conference and abstract fee, and present the paper (if submission is accepted). In the case of an emergency and the author(s) are unable to attend the conference, they are required to pay an abstract publication fee of $99. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to Please review our sample abstract.

There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract before July 31, 2018. In the case that the first author cannot attend the conference and present, he or she must contact the conference organizing committee via e-mail at, to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before July 31, 2017.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after July 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. For any information concerning publications please contact us at For more information about abstract submission, click here.

Instructions for Poster Presenters:

Poster presentations allow the audience to get a clear visual of the presenters' work in a simple format. The reasonable size for posters is 2.5 - 3.0 feet high by 3.5 - 4 feet wide.

Poster Presentation Recommendations:

The poster should clearly present the title, the author(s), affiliation(s), and a description of the research, along with highlighting the abstract's major elements.Remember that pictures, tables, and figures are key to any poster display. At least 50% of the surface area should be used for photos, graphs, or diagrams. Good use of color and the use of black or dark blue for text. Too much color can be hard to read! One or two large, high-quality photographs attract attention. Make the title large and clear! Include author(s) name(s) and address(es). Your poster title should be easily readable from 3 - 4 meters away. We recommend the following sections on the poster: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Tables, Figures, Results, and Conclusions. For more information about poster sessions, please click here.

Registration Fees:

The registration fee will cover the Conference Proceedings book (Abstract book) and lunches and refreshments for two days. It will also cover a 12-month membership to the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. Each registration allows the registrant to present up to 3 accepted abstracts maximum.

Cancellation Policy: Before January 15, 2018: 75% refund; before July 15, 2018: 50% refund; after July 15, 2018: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat, at: All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

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

Conference registration fees are in USD 


Discounted Registration Fee

May 10th to June 10th, 2018


  July 10th to August 10th, 2018


August 10th to September 10th

Full-Time Student Nonmembers*

Full-Time Student Members of ASFFBC*







Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC







Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC







Food and Medical Industry -Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC







Exhibitor/Vendor 675.00 775.00
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 49.00 49.00
Evening Networking Reception

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*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:

The abstract submission deadline extented to September 17th, 2018, 5 pm (PST). Full-text papers for oral presentations or posters should be submitted before October 20, 2018.  Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before October 21, 2018. Please send all documents to

Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change.

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