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FFC's 26th International Conference and Expo -

14th International Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease

May 9-10, 2019, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

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Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 26th International Conference and Expo on "Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease".  The conference will be held at San Diego onMay 9-10, 2019. The 26th International Conference of Functional Food Center will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases, as well as for health promotion.

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Main Conference Topics/Sessions:

Main Topics/Sessions at the 26th FFC's International Conference will include:

GENERAL SESSIONS:

Session 1: Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals: Definition and the Status in Different Countries
Session 2. Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public health
Session 2: The Effects of Bioactive Molecules on Biomarkers of Chronic Diseases
Session 3: The Effects of Nutrition and Functional Foods on Aging and Health
Session 4: Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease
Session 5: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases

  1. Functional Foods and Obesity
  2. Functional Foods and Diabetes
  3. Neurological Diseases
  4. Cardiovascular Diseases
  5. Functional Foods and Cancer
  6. Functional Foods and other Chronic Diseases

Session 6: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases
Session 7: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
Session 8: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods
Session 9: Biomarkers and Functional Food
Session 10: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
Session 11: Current Research & Development of New Functional Food Products: Session Organizer: Danik Martirosyan, PhD, FFC, Dallas, TX

SPECIAL SESSIONS:

Special Session 1: Functional Foods for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Special Session 2: Metabolic Syndrome. Session organizer: 
Special Session 3: Immunonutrition. Session organizer: Gabriela Riscuta, MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
Special session 4: Sports Nutrition and Functional Foods. Session organizer: 
Special Session 5: Metabolic syndrome and gut microbiome. Session organizer: Session organizer: Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD, Harvard Medical School, Massachusets General Hospital
Special session 6: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction. Session organizer: Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia
Special Session 7: Dietitian's Point of View

You may suggest and organize your own special session.

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


Call for Abstracts:

Please note, we have extended the deadline for abstract submissions and will accept submissions until March 26th, 2019. 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 January 3rd, 2019. 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 January 3rd, 2019.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after January 3rd, 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 January 2nd, 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.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended

We have extended the deadline for abstract submissions and will accept submissions until March 26th, 2019.

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.


Full Registration Benefits:

The complimentary package will also contain:

  • Access to all oral sessions
  • Access to daily poster sessions
  • Conference Proceedings Book (Abstract Book)
  • Lunches for 2 days  
  • 12-Month membership for ASFFBC (Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds)
  • Each registration allows the registrant to present a maximum of 3 accepted abstracts
  • Hourly credits for conference attendance will be allocated towards certification as a Certified Functional Food Scientist
  • Endless opportunities to network with colleagues from around the globe
  • Choice of FFC textbook Limited Time Only*

*List of Textbook Options (Free textbooks will be avelable only until October 30th 2018) 

Introduction to Functional Food Science, Textbook, Volume 1, Third Edition

Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases: Textbook, Volume Two, First Edition

Cancer Biology and Dietary Factors: First Edition, Textbook, Volume 3, First Edition

Bioactive Compounds and Cancer: Volume 4, First Edition

Functional Foods in Integrative Oncology: Volume 5, First Edition

Basic Principles of Functional Food Science: Volume 6

Cancellation Policy: Before December 27, 2018: 75% refund; before February 27, 2019: 50% refund; after February 28, 2019: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat, at: ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com. All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

Registration Rates:

Registration fees do not include abstract publication fees or membership fees. You can save up to $100 off the price of registration by first becoming a member of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. If you're not already a member, join today by clicking the Society logo below. 

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You may click here to make a payment for the conference registration fee. Early Bird Registration is avelable until November 1st, 2018

 Registration Type

Registration

April 1, 2019 to  May 1, 2019

Student Nonmembers*

Student Members of ASFFBC

$315

$215

Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC

$385

$275

Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC

$665

$535

Food and Medical Industry Representatives-Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC

$725

$595

Exhibitors (with one free registration and table for exhibition)

$825

Abstract Publication Fee $99
Visitors/Exhibits Only** $29
Networking Event / Banquet $50

*Students enrolled in an undergraduate, MSc., PhD or MD program are eligible for the student discount rate. You must enter your mentor's name and Email address during checkout to verify your student status.

**Visitors/Guests must be 16 years of age or older and may not be current members of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. "Visitors/Exhibits" only fees include access to only expo of exhibitors for both days (lunches and refreshments, acess to Scientific Sessions are not included). A name badge is required for admittance to the above activities. Visitors/Exhibits Only cannot attend educational sessions or earn credits toward certified functional food professionals. 

Please note: space at this conference is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

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


Organizing Committee Members:

Garth Nicolson

Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA. Dr. Nicolson has over 600 scientific publications, several of which are citation classics. Dr. Nicholson’s previous positions include Professor and Chairman, Department of Tumor Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Pathology of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is engaged in research on chronic illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gulf War Illness, and various autoimmune diseases. Dr. Nicolson was also a Nobel Prize Nominee. Dr. Garth Nicolson is an Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease.

Kanakaraju Kaliannan MD

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

Instructor in Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital with expertise in nutrition & Lipid metabolism, gut microbiota and metabolic syndrome (Obesity, Type 2 DM etc) for more than 7 years. His research and clinical activities are dedicated to the study and treatment of patients with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), Metabolic Syndrome, and Cancer.

Session Chair and Organizer: Metabolic Syndrome and Gut Microbiome

Danik Martirosyan

Danik Martirosyan, (Conference Co-Chairman) PhD., President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA.

Dr. Matirosyan is a well-known member in the functional food science community as the author of the Functional Foods Definition and steps needed to create functional food products. He has also published six textbooks on Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds, in addition to organizing 25 conferences in different universities. Dr. Danik Martirosyan is an Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease.

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

Dragan M. Djuric

Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian“; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia.

Special Ssssion organizer:  Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Nathan S. Bryan

Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Session Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA

Dr. Bryan has been involved in nitric oxide research for the past two decades, with many credited discoveries in the field—including evidence-based methods for diagnosing and detecting nitric oxide deficiencies, and therapeutic modalities for patient treatment and wellness.

Special Session Organizer: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session chair

Smiti Gupta

Smiti Gupta, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA

Research focus: To probe effect of bioactive nutritional components in health and disease (cancer, Alzheimer's), using metabolomics.

Session Chair: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases


Conference Program 


May 9, 2019

8:15-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Welcome and opening remarks: Danik Martirosyan, Conference Chairman, PhD, President, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA

Session 1. Opening and Keynote Session. Session Chair(s): Dr. Abdulkerim Eroglu and Dr. Garth Nicolson

9:00-9:30 Garth Nicolson, Keynote SpeakerPhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA. Dr. Nicolson has over 600 scientific publications, several of which are citation classics. Dr. Nicholson’s previous positions include Professor and Chairman, Department of Tumor Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is engaged in research on chronic illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gulf War Illness, and various autoimmune diseases. Dr. Nicolson was also a Nobel Prize NomineeThe use of oral Membrane Lipid Replacement with glycerolphospholipids to treat systemic pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue in fibromyalgia patients.

9:30-9:50 Hameed Khan, PhD, Senior Scientist, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA. The Impact of Sequencing Human Genome on Novel Drug Design and the Synthesis of Analogs of Aziridinylbenzoquinones (US Patent 4,146,622) as a Novel Class of Drugs Designed for Treating Brain Cancer

9:50-10:15 Abdulkerim Eroglu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, Plants for Human Health Institute College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC, USA. Molecular Mechanisms of Action of β-apocarotenoids and Functional Biomarkers of Plasma Carotenoids

10:15-10:25 Coffee Break

Session 2: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session Chair and Organizer: Dr. Nathan S. Bryan

10:25-10:50 James R. Coughlin, PhD, Certified Food Scientist, President, Coughlin & Associates: Experienced independent Ph.D. consultant in food chemistry and nutritional toxicology, with a 4-decade demonstrated history of working successfully in the food and beverage, dietary supplement and consumer packaged goods' industry, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA. Unfounded risks of nitrite and nitrate in humans: The Need for a new framework based on their health benefits

10:50-11:10 Tianying Wu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA. Red meat, renal function, race, and other predictors of circulating nitrates 

11:10-11:35 Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA. Evidence for Use of Functional Nitric Oxide Nutrition in Primary Care

Session 3: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements in Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction. Session Chair and Organizer:  Dr. Dragan M. Djuric

11:35-12:00 Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Clinical and Translational Science, The Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, US. Vitamin D deficiency accelerates intimal hyperplasia and restenosis following coronary intervention

12:00-12:25 Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, Professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian”; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Sulfur amino acids homocysteine and methionine: overview of the cardiovascular effects in rats

Lunch: 12:25 -13:15

Continuing Session 3: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements in Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction. 

13:15-13:40 Bram Ramjiawan, PhD, Director of Research, Asper Clinical Research Institute, Director of Research, Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, Director Office of Clinical Research, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Facts and Controversies Associated with the Assessment and Use of Vitamin D.

13:40-14:05 Grant Pierce, Professor, Executive Director of Research, St Boniface Hospital and Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.  Supplementation of the diet with flaxseed - its effects on cardiovascular health

14:05-14:25 Martin Kwok, ND, Richmond Alternative Medical Clinic Inc., Richmond, BC, Canada. Lumbrokinase – the result of a perfect marriage between traditional empirical knowledge and modern medical science

14:25-14:35 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 4. Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases. Session Chair(s): Sunny Jain and Mahnaz Kargar

14:35-15:00 Sunny Jain, CEO, Sun Genomics, San Diego, California. Analysis of gut microbiome using WGS and the long term effectiveness of customized FLORE´ probiotics

15:00-15:20 Mahnaz Kargar, PhD student, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. Physicochemical properties and bioactive compounds of selected Banana cultivars (Musa spp.): Consumer demand and potential health benefits for diabetes

15:20-15:40 Ulku Demirci, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gedik, Istanbul, Turkey. Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) in the gastrointestinal tract

15:40-16:00 Tatiana Korolenko, PhD, Professor, Laboratory of Experimental Models of Neurodegeneration, Institute of Physiology and Fundamental Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.  Mannan and trehalose: A study of their hypolipidemic effects in mice with acute lipemia

16:00-17:00 Session 5: Poster Session and Exhibition

17:00 Conference closing

17:00-20:00 San Diego City Tour and Networking 

May 10, 2019

Session 6: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases. Session Co-Chairs: Dr. Smiti Gupta and Dr. Anureet Kaur)

8:45-9:05 Naranjan S. Dhalla, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Developments, SBRC, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, University of Manitoba, Max Rady College of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Modification of catecholamine-induced cardiac arrhythmias by treatment with some vitamins

9:05-9:25 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki, Japan. Chemoprevention against gastrointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

9:25-9:45 John F. Burd, PhD, CEO, Lysulin, Inc. San Diego, CA, USA. Glucose toxicity: The worldwide problem and the all-natural solution

9:45-10:00 Elisabetta Soragni, PhD, Department of Molecular Medicine, Gottesfeld lab - The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla CA, USA.  Friedrich's Ataxia: Pathology and modern approaches for disease manageent 

10:00-10:25 Smiti Gupta, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. 1H NMR metabolomics reveals modulation of Glutamine by Tocotrienols via mTOR pathway in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

10:25-10:35 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7: Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging. Session Chair: Dr. William Li and Dr.Sara Tabrizi

10:35-11:00 Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition, Davis, CA, USA   Pyrroloquinoline quinone: Its importance to mitochondriogenesis

11:00-11:20 Sara Haddad Tabrizi, PhD, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA. The Effect of bioactive peptide extracted from soybean, lunasin, on cardiometabolic risk factors

11:20-11:45 William W. Li, MD, President and Medical Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Activation of intrinsic health defenses as a mechanism for food bioactives: a systems-based approach to food functionality


Continuing Session 8: Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging. Session Chair and Organizer: Kanakaraju Kaliannan

11:45-12:05 Heidi Lynch, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA. Plant-based diets and exercise performance

12:05-12:30 Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Synergistic effects of omega 3 fatty acids and genistein on gut microbiome is associated with prevention metabolic syndrome.

Lunch: 12:30-13:20

Session 9: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products: Session Chairs: Dr. Hairong Cheng and Dr. Danik Martirosyan

13:20-13:40 Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.  Yarrowia lipolytica, a brewer in sweet life-Recent progress in functional sugars production

13:40-14:00 Simon Itsygin, PhD, President at Czar Salt, Greater San Diego, CA, USA. A new technology to process marine raw materials and ready to use products such as gourmet sea salt, algae dried biomass, food supplements and cosmetics

14:00-14:20 Ilkay Gok, PhD, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey. Consumer preferences, marketing size, regulations and labeling of functional foods in Turkey

14:20-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-15:30 Session 10. Poster Session and Exhibition

15:30-15:45 Awards and Certificates

15:45-16:00 Conference Closing

*Please note: Schedule subject to change.


Conference Report


The 26th International Conference of Functional Food Center and 14th International Symposium of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC) was held on May 9-10, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The conference was entitled “Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease”.


This conference consisted of over 90 participants from 14 countries around the world, including Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Serbia, China, Canada, Israel, Germany, United Kingdom, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Australia, Russia, and the United States. Among our participants were experts, scientists, and representatives in the field of biology, food and nutrition, and medicine. Our conferences, including or 26th Conference, are designed to incorporate a significant international presence. This has created a platform for different scientific perspectives and discussions on a wide range of topics regarding functional foods, bioactive compounds, interventions on chronic diseases, and health regulations.


We would like to give a big thank you to our Organizing Committee. Without their hard work, dedication, and constant support, we would have been able to hold such a successful conference.

Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA; Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA; Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, Professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian“; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia; Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Session Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA; Gabriela Riscuta, MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA; Smiti Gupta, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA.


To begin our conference, our Conference Chairman and Functional Food Center (FFC) President, Dr. Danik Martirosyan,  gave an opening speech to introduce FFC and the purpose of our conference. Dr. Martirosyan discussed the growing occurence of many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc. and the associated high expenses spent on healthcare to treat and manage these diseases. In highlighting the purpose of the conference, Dr. Martirosyan discussed the importance of exploring and utilizing the role of functional foods in interventions of chronic diseases. Dr. Martirosyan presented FFC’s role in defining functional foods, stating functional foods as “natural or processed foods that contain biologically-active compounds; which, in defined, effective non-toxic amounts, provide a clinically proven and documented health benefit utilizing specific biomarkers, for the prevention, management, or treatment of chronic disease or its symptoms.'' The definition of functional foods established by FFC purposefully asserts bioactive compounds as being of central importance in functional foods. However, the safety of bioactive compounds and its associated health benefits must be documented and reported in order to improve and standardize the treatments with functional foods. Public education is vital in order to create government changes that will accept the definition of functional foods and recognize them in healthcare. It is critical that those involved in the functional food community work together in order to put standards, regulations, and laws in action.


The conference consisted of 8 informative sessions, which included 28 oral presentations. Additionally, there were 2 separate poster sessions, which included 13 poster presentations. The session topics and session chairs were presented in the following order:

“Opening and Keynote Session” Session Chairs: Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA; Abdulkerim Eroglu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, Plants for Human Health Institute College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC, USA.
“Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate” Session Chair: Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA. “Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements in Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction” Session Chair: Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, Professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian”; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia “Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases” Session Chairs: Sunny Jain, CEO, Sun Genomics, San Diego, California; Mahnaz Kargar, PhD student, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA.
“Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases” Session Chair: Smiti Gupta, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA “Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging” Session Chairs: William W. Li, MD, President and Medical Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; Sara Haddad Tabrizi, PhD, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA. “Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging” Session Chair: Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA “Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products” Session Chairs: Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

We would like to highlight some of the excellent presentations and exhibitors from the 26th International Conference:


Best Oral Presenter: Dr. Smiti Gupta, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. Dr. Gupta’s presentation topic was “1H NMR metabolomics reveals modulation of Glutamine by Tocotrienols via mTOR pathway in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”. This topic greatly benefited our conference audience and aligned well with the purpose of this conference. Congratulations to Dr. Gupta on a successful presentation!


Best Poster Presenter: Melanie Hutchings, Student, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. Ms. Hutching’s presentation topic was “Efficacy of Oil Palm Phenolics and Curcumin on the Serotonin Pathway”. Congratulations to Melanie on a successful poster presentation!


Best Conference Organizer: Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, Professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian”; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Dr. Dragan organized our 3rd Session entitled “Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements in Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction”. We honorably chose Dr. Dragan as he not only organized this session and presented his own research, but also brought 6 other excellent oral presenters to the conference. We congratulate Dr. Dragan on a successful presentation and session, and also thank him for the hard work he contributed to our conference to make it great!  


Best healthy and functional food information provider: Japan Institute for the Control of Aging (JaICA), Nikken SEIL Co., Ltd., Fukuroi, Shizuoka, Japan. The Japan Institute for the Control of Aging has conducted research into control of aging since its foundation under the doctrine of contributing health promotion. As a result, the institute succeeded in developing a DNA oxidative damage measuring kit, thus taking the lead for this field. A few companies had fascinating exhibitions, including those by: "Lysulin", "Sun Genomics", "Ketodough", and "Czar Salt"


Outstanding Presentation: William W. Li, MD, President and Medical Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Dr. Li co-organized Session 7 entitled “Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging” and presented his topic “Activation of intrinsic health defenses as a mechanism for food bioactives: a systems-based approach to food functionality”. We found Dr. Li’s presentation to be especially excellent and beneficial to our audience in the interest of functional food science. We are very grateful for his engaging lecture. Congratulations, Dr. Li, on a successful session and presentation!


Following the first day of our conference, we were thrilled to host a Conference Networking Event for all of our attendees and lecturers. After the completion of a successful first day of the conference, we traveled as a group to the beautiful Balboa Park in San Diego. In the park area we joined together at a local restaurant to enjoy music, food, and drinks. This was an excellent opportunity for our attendees to network and converse amongst each other outside the context of the conference. We emphasize the importance of networking in the functional food community to enhance knowledge, form relationships, and provide opportunity for future collaboration. We make sure opportunities like this are available at each of our conferences.


We are very pleased with the success of our 26th International Conference and all that was contributed. We would like to thank all who attended, presented, and/or exhibited at our conference for making it such a beneficial event. The diverse topics presented aided in expanding the knowledge of all our attendees. We also believe the international diversity present at our conference contributes to a great deal of our success at our conferences.


We hope that you can join us in a future International Conference! Our next upcoming conference is being hosted at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA this September. This conference is our 27th International Conference entitled “Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds: Health Promotion and Disease Management”. Please visit our Conference Main Page on our website for more information on attending this conference: https://www.functionalfoodscenter.net/27th-int--conference.html


    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 $825.00 until May 1, 2019 which includes one (1) full registration for the conference. Price will be changed after May 1st, 2019. 

On the day of the conference, you will pick your table for your exhibition in the exhibit hall. Each exhibitor will be given one table and two chairs. The tables are 2.5x6 feet. Additionally, we will have access to electricity if it is needed for your exhibition.

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.

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 2-3 days of the submission date.

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

Please click here to fill out registration form.


Set-Up Times                        Show Dates & Times           Expo Exclusive Hours

        Thursday, May 9, 2019; 9 a.m.–12:00 p.m.     Thursday, May 9, 2019; 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.       Thursday, May 9, 2019; 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

        Friday, May 10, 2019; 9 a.m. –12:00 p.m.        Friday, May 10, 2019; 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m           Thursday, May 9, 2019; 4:00 p.m. –5:00 p.m.  

                                                                                                                                                                          Friday, May 10, 2019; 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

                                                                                                                                                                          Friday, May 10, 2019; 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


                         

                  Exhibitors:

FOR LONG LIFE Inc.

FOR LONG LIFE Inc., FL, USA

We manufacture in USA and EU and distribute our exceptional VEGAN epigenetic nutraceuticals and Immuno-modulators against civilisation diseases world wide to health and anti-aging enthusiasts. We are looking for international and US domestic distributors. For more information please click here.

Nutritional Support for People

Nutritional Support for People With Diabetes & Prediabetes, San Diego, CA,

USA

Lysulin acts as a guardian by binding to glucose, shielding your proteins from reacting with glucose. The Lysulin bound to glucose is safely excreted through urine. Actively managing your blood sugar promotes metabolic, cardiovascular, and neurological health. Lysulin provides nutritional support to help you live the life you love with fewer complications. For more information please click here.

Japan Institute for the Control of Aging

Japan Institute for the Control of Aging (JaICA), Nikken SEIL Co., Ltd.,

Fukuroi, Shizuoka,  Japan

The Japan Institute for the Control of Aging has conducted research into control of aging since its foundation under the doctrine of contributing health promotion. As a result, the institute succeeded in developing a DNA oxidative damage measuring kit, thus taking the lead for this field. The institute now sells many products related to oxidative stress, and such products are utilized in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, food sciences, etc. Preventive medicine and anti-aging are receiving increased attention with the advancement of aging society. In these areas, our Institute will contribute to realizing a healthy, long-lived society by developing and supplying research products. For more information click here.

Canada RNA Biochemical Inc. Richmond BC, Canada

Canada RNA Biochemical Inc. (CRNA) treasures the medical knowledge that is passed down through generations of empirical medical practices.  Even though our forefathers did not have access to modern science and technologies, they relied on their empirical observation, great listening skills, trials and errors, and even spiritual intuition in order to arrive at a therapeutic revelation. Their wisdom and hard work deserve the respect of modern researchers, and also present as a huge treasure largely unexplored by modern science. For more information please click here.

Czar Salt

Czar Salt, San Diego, CA, USA

Czar Salt is an American company located in San Diego, CA and was established in 2011. The R&D focus of the company is on new technologies for sea products (sea salt, algae etc.), including development of gourmet sea salt, bath sea salt, algae dried biomass, food supplements, cosmetics. The main area of Czar Salt company activities is the development and manufacturing of original healthy sea salt products with low fluid detention properties enriched with natural beneficial substances such as minerals, vitamins, flavones, anthocianins. Formore information please click here.

Beviva Foods

Beviva Foods, Upland, California, USA

While no one diet fits all, Beviva believes certain food choices can minimize abdominal discomfort and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. We combine the research of Western and Chinese medicine with the personal IBD experiences of founder Sylvia Tam and the team to develop sweet and savory functional and hypoallergetic snacks for all ages to enjoy. For more information please click here. 

Friedreich's Ataxia Movement

Friedreich's Ataxia Movement, La Mesa, California, USA

Friedreich's ataxia(FA) is a recessively inherited neuromuscular disorder caused by triplet (GAA) repeat expansion mutation in the first intron of the FXN gene. The mutation causes heterochromatin formation and therefore gene silencing, resulting in decreased frataxin protein in FA patients. Frataxin is a mitochondrial protein that is involved with iron-sulfur cluster formation and oxidative stress.  FA results in loss of coordination, loss is sensation in extremities, and scoliosis causing the patients to be wheelchair bound. Many patients also develop heart disease and diabetes. For more information please click here.

Publisher Logo

Food Science Publisher, Dallas, TX, USA

Food Science Publisher is especially interested in human clinical nutrition, functional food science and chronic disease aspects of the publishing field. The company specializes in publishing books in the field of food science, nutrition, functional foods and chronic diseases. For more information please click here.

F.I.R. Master

F.I.R. Master: Specialize in Far Infrared Ray

"Our company had research & develop Far Infrared for over 40 years, and had use it unique semiconductor technology to generate the energy in the right spectrum of life energy to be use for health and wellness"

Global Patent s: America, Canada, Europe, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China

National Awards: Gold Medal Winner from shows at Pittsburgh at American, Nuernberg at Germany, Taipei at Taiwan, and ShanHai at China. For more information please click here.

Sun Genomics

Sun Genomics, San Diego, Ca, USA

Testing your microbiome is only half the battle. Sun Genomics is more than just probiotics. Sun Genomics closes the loop by offering Floré; a personalized product that allows you to test your microbiome and take precision probiotic allowing you to experience the change in your body. It's PrecisionProbio™. For more information please click here.

Keto Dough Co

Keto Dough Co, LLC, Dacula, GA, USA

Keto Baked Goods and Supply Chain Solutions. 

In addition to the absence of added sugars in Keto Dough Co Baked Goods, there are bioactive compounds created by the reconstruction of nutritional value in any vegetable or fruit in the absence of sugar within the baked goods using cellulose and dry vitamins/minerals. Additionally, the sulphydryl bond between high-quality sulfur proteins in eggs and cheese and the Linoleic acid in flaxseed, coconut oil and olive oil have been shown by theory to stop the spread of cancer cells while enjoyed in certain dietary protocols. For more information please click here.


Keynote Speaker

26th FFC Keynote Speaker, Dr. Garth Nicolson, to present the use of oral Membrane Lipid Replacement therapy for treating chronic fatigue in aged patients or chronic fatigue syndrome patients.

 

Garth Nicolson, MD, PhD, is the Founder, President, Chief Scientific Officer, and Professor of Molecular Pathology at The Institute for Molecular Medicine in southern California. We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Nicolson present as the keynote speaker at the FFC’s 26th International Conference and Expo on May 9-10, 2019 in San Diego, California.  

During the presentation, Dr. Nicolson will discuss the connection between reduced mitochondrial functioning with fatigue and pain in aging and chronic diseases. Additionally, he will cover the causative role that elevated levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) play in this reduced mitochondrial functioning. Finally, Dr. Nicolson will present his recent work studying the role that oral Membrane Lipid Replacement therapy can play in improving mitochondrial function, and in subsequently reducing fatigue and pain symptoms experienced by aged patients and chronic fatigue syndrome patients.

Cite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvZlJL0ScF0

 

Inspiring Accomplishments in a Career of Molecular Medicine 

Anyone who has heard of the Fluid Mosaic Model of the plasma membrane has heard of Dr. Nicolson. Beyond this groundbreaking finding that he co-authored with S.J. Singer in 1972 [8], Dr. Nicolson has achieved countless other successes throughout his 50 year career in molecular medicine.  

In 1996, Dr. Nicolson founded The Institute for Molecular Medicine in Huntington Beach, California and has served as the institute’s President, Chief Scientific Officer and Emeritus Professor of Molecular Pathology ever since. He also serves as Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle in Australia and as Professor of Integrative Medicine at Capitol University of Integrative Medicine. Prior to these appointments, Dr. Nicolson held numerous appointments in prominents universities throughout the state of Texas, including serving as the Former David Bruton Jr. Chair in Cancer Research, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Tumor Biology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center [5].  

The dedication Dr. Nicolson has shown to passing on knowledge to future generations extends beyonds professorship. Not only has he published over 600 medical and scientific publications, but he has also served on about 30 medical and scientific journals, including the Journal of Cellular Biochemistry and Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease. Dr. Nicolson has also contributed to editing many scientific books, holds 9 US patents, and was a Nobel Prize Nominee [2].  

Dr. Nicolson’s commitment to applying molecular research to manage, treat, and prevent chronic diseases has not gone unnoticed by the scientific community. He has received numerous accolades, including the US National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award and the UK Burroughs Wellcome Medal of the Royal Society of Medicine.  Dr. Nicolson was also appointed an honorary Colonel of the US Army Special Forces and an honorary US Navy Seal for his influential work on chronic diseases in both veterans and those on active duty [5].

 

Pioneering Work in the Fluid Mosaic Model, Gulf War Illness, and Lipid Replacement Therapy 

Shortly after completing his doctorate in biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego in 1970, Dr. Nicolson and Dr. Singer developed a novel model for the structure of cell membranes, known to modern science as the fluid mosaic model [8]. The model describes cell membranes as being composed of a fluid phospholipid bilayer containing similarly fluid-moving peripheral (surface) and integral (embedded) proteins [8]. This article would come to be regarded as a classic paper within the scientific community and the model itself would become the foundation of our scientific understanding of cell membrane structure.

In addition to this groundbreaking finding, Dr. Nicolson has been actively engaged in basic and translational research surrounding chronic diseases, including fatigue illnesses, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. Of note is Dr. Nicolson’s pioneering work on the scientific understanding and subsequent treatment of Gulf War Illness, a chronic fatigue illness that plagued many war veterans who returned from the Gulf War in 1991. Dr. Nicolson, along with his wife Nancy, led the research that ultimately led to the identification of a causal pathogen, Mycoplasma fermentans , and successful treatment of patients with antibiotics [7].  

Dr. Nicolson is also widely known for his work on lipid replacement therapy, particularly as it relates to chronic fatigue illnesses and cancer. Lipid replacement therapy was first invented by Yechezkel Barenholz and Elishalom Yechiel in 1989 as a novel treatment method for anti-aging [1]. Dr. Nicolson expanded upon their work and provided the scientific understanding for the anti-aging benefits observed with lipid replacement therapy. He established the concept that replacing damaged membrane lipids with new lipids improves the function of cell and organelle membranes [6]. This was particularly important for the mitochondria, where improved membrane function resulted in improved mitochondrial ATP production, and thus contributed to the anti-aging process [6]. Dr. Nicolson found that this was also beneficial to patients suffering from chronic fatigue illnesses and those undergoing cancer chemotherapy [6].

 

Additional Advances in Modulating Membrane Functioning for Treating Chronic Illness and Cancer

Dr. Nicolson has established a strong research program at The Institute for Molecular Medicine that continues to improve our understanding of and ability to treat and manage chronic diseases. Of particular interest is Dr. Nicolson’s work describing the treatment of chronic disease with natural supplements, as it relates to mitochondrial functioning. He details how fatigue is a key complaint in nearly all chronic diseases and thus improving mitochondrial functioning is crucial to managing symptoms [3]. He details clinical trials providing evidence for the utility of oral L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, NADH, lipids, and other supplements for improving mitochondrial function and reducing fatigue [3].  

Some of his other work has focused on malignant transformation, including the connection between the fluid-mosaic model of the plasma membrane and growth of metastatic cancer cells. In this work, Dr. Nicolson details the role that membrane constituents play in cell adhesion and motility and further suggests how these constituents are likely abnormally transformed during metastatic transformation [4]. In another study, Dr. Nicolson and his team identified a novel gene that is overexpressed in cancer cells, metastasis-associated gene 1, mta1 in mice or MTA1 in humans [9]. They utilized cDNA to compare gene expression between non-metastatic and metastatic rat mammary adenocarcinoma cell lines and concluded mta1 was more highly expressed in the metastatic line [9]. Since this discovery, many studies have reported overexpression of MTA1 in malignant human tumors [10].  

Dr. Nicolson’s work is valuable to all members of the scientific community, but is of particular interest to those researching chronic diseases and autoimmune diseases, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gulf War Illness, and others as well. In addition, those focused on plasma membrane functioning may also find special interest in attending the 26th FFC conference. Please refer to the link below to learn more about Dr. Nicolson and his keynote presentation:  

https://www.functionalfoodscenter.net/speakers-ffc26.html

 

References:

[1] Barenholz Y, Yechiel E. Lipid replacement therapy. U.S. Patent. 4812314. 1989 Mar 14

[2] IMM – Faculty and Associate Faculty. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2019, from http://www.immed.org/reachus.htm

[3] Nicolson, G. L. (2014). Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Chronic Disease: Treatment With Natural Supplements. Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal , 13(4), 35–43.

[4] Nicolson, G. L. (2015a). Cell Membrane Fluid–Mosaic Structure and Cancer Metastasis. Cancer Research , 75(7), 1169–1176. https://doi.org/10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-14-3216

[5] Nicolson, G. L. (2015b, November 10). Professor Emeritus Garth L. Nicolson. The Institute for Molecular Medicine. Retrieved from http://www.immed.org/CV%20files/NOV2015CVupdates/Nicolson,GL-CV2015.5.pdf

[6] Nicolson, G. L., & Ash, M. E. (2014). Lipid Replacement Therapy: A natural medicine approach to replacing damaged lipids in cellular membranes and organelles and restoring function. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Biomembranes , 1838(6), 1657–1679. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbamem.2013.11.010

[7] Nicolson, G. L., & Nicolson, N. L. (1997). The eight myths of operation ‘desert storm’ and gulf war syndrome. Medicine, Conflict and Survival , 13(2), 140–146. https://doi.org/10.1080/13623699708409329

[8] Singer, S. J., & Nicolson, G. L. (1972). The Fluid Mosaic Model of the Structure of Cell Membranes. Science , 175(4023), 720–731. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.175.4023.720

[9] Toh, Y., & Nicolson, G. L. (2014a). Identification and characterization of metastasis-associated gene/protein 1 (MTA1). Cancer and Metastasis Reviews , 33(4), 837–842. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10555-014-9510-8

[10] Toh, Y., & Nicolson, G. L. (2014b). Properties and clinical relevance of MTA1 protein in human cancer. Cancer and Metastasis Reviews , 33(4), 891–900. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10555-014-9516-2


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 feet wide by 3.5 feet high.
  • 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.

Portrait size: 2.5 feet width(76.2 centimeters), 3.5 feet height(106.68 centimeters)

Portrait Size

Abstracts Accepted for Presentation 


O* -  abstract for oral presentation

P** - abstract for poster presentation


O1. Victoria Pardo Uzitas,  “Creating Trends: How food companies are bridging scientific discovery and consumer need in the quest for the next great product”


P1.  Anjan Borah, “Functional and nutritional characteristics of low amylose rice extrudates incorporated with bhimkol”


P2. Dragan Djuric, “Cardiac oxidative stress parameters and cardiometabolic markers in monocrotaline-induced heart failure in Wistar albino rats: influence of co-application of vitamins B6 and folic acid”


O2. Dragan Djuric, “Sulfur containing amino acids homocysteine and methionine: overview of the cardiovascular effects in rats”


P3. Dragan Djuric “The influence of folic acid administration on cardiac oxidative stress and biomarkers in streptozotocin induced diabetes mellitus in Wistar albino rats”


O3. Nolé Tsabang, “Reconstitution of Cancer's Ethnomedical Treatment by the One Boy Local Therapist”


O4. Afrozul Haq, “Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in juveniles from various countries”


O5. Hairong Cheng, “Identification, Characterization of Two NADPH-Dependent Erythrose Reductases in the Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica And Improvement of Functional Sugar Erythritol productivity Using Metabolic Engineering”


O6. Grant Pierce, “Flaxseed as a nutritional supplement to treat cardiovascular disease”


O7. Ming Du, “Lactoferrin preserves bone homeostasis by regulating the RANKL/RANK/OPG pathway of osteoimmunology”


P4. Ming Du, “Lactoferrin preserves bone homeostasis by regulating the RANKL/RANK/OPG pathway of osteoimmunology”


O8. Robert Rucker, “Pyrroloquinoline Quinone: Its Importance to Mitochondriogenesis”


O9. Simon Itsygin, “Development of Functional Foods Based on Innovative Sea Salts”


O10. Asim Duttaroy, “Development of EFSA approved cardioprotective functional food ingredients”


O11. Ilkay Gök, “Consumer Preferences, Marketing Size, Regulations and Labeling of Functional Foods in Turkey”


O12. Tatiana Korolenko, “Mannan and trehalose: study of hypolipidemic effect in acute lipemia of mice”


O13. Ülkü Demirci, “Fate of mannan oligosaccharides in the gastrointestinal tract”


P5. Kiminori Matsubara, “The anti-aging effect and the mechanism of alpha-glycerophosphocholine on senescence-accelerated mouse”


P6. Irakli Chkhikvishvili, “Supplementation of bread with natural polyphenol-rich plant extracts can reduce the postprandial glycemic response in healthy individuals”


O14. Martin Kwok, “Lumbrokinase – the result of a perfect marriage between traditional empirical knowledge and modern medical science”


P7. Sachi Shibata, “The effect of orally administered carnosic acid and piciferic acid in the P/8 line of the senescence-accelerated mouse model (SAMP8)”


P8. Timothy Akinosun, “Contributions of Different Cooking Methods and Temperatures to the Level of Acrylamide in Common Heat-Processed West African Foods”


P9. Tooba Mahboob, “Acanthamoeba: the potential role of natural products towards drug discovery”


O15. Akinori Yanaka, “Chemoprevention against gastrointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane”


P10. Hyeon Lee, “Neuroprotective activities of marine alga, Spirulina maxima extract”


O16. William Li, “Activation of intrinsic health defenses as a mechanism for food bioactives: a systems-based approach to food functionality”


P11. Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, “Soybean Protein Hydrolysate Fermented by Lactobacillus rhamnosus EBD1 Reduces Blood Pressure in Spontaneous Hypertensive Rats and Alters Gut Microbiota”


O17. Jose Nunez, “Potatoes as main source of bioactive compounds in poor communities of Shilla District, Ancash, Peru”


O18. Tarini Naravane, “Common Ontological Framework towards computing Flavour and Health in Recipe Formulations for Functional Food applications”


P12. Helder Louvandini “Effect of maternal cottonseed diet on the transcriptome of lamb testicle”

P13. Grace N. "Bioactive compounds and Antioxidant activity of selected medicinal plants used for treatment of Cancer in Uganda" 

P14. Joram K. "Ugandan diet of fruits and vegetables that are rich in minerals, vitamins and Bioactive compounds for prevention of diseases"

P15. Zainah N.  "Zanthoxylum Chalybeum Engl. root tea formulation lowers elevated blood glucose in type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients"

P16. Alexandria T. "Bioactive compounds, pharmacological activity and clinical observational studies of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Review"

P17. Osamu Hayashi. “Immuno-regulatory and Anti-inflammatory Activities of Phycocyanin From Spirulina on Caco-2/U937 Cells Co-culture as a Model of the Intestinal Barrier”


O20. Chemat S. “Root barks of Berberis hispanica Boiss. & Reut. as a source of high potent antistaphylococcal compounds using chromatography-activity guided fractionation”


O21. Bryan Nathan, “Evidence for Use of Functional Nitric Oxide Nutrition in Primary Care”


O22. Naranjajan Dhalla, “Modification of catecholamine- induced cardiac arrhythmias by treatment with some vitamins”

O23. Bram Ramjiawan, “Measurement, Interpretation, and Clinical Relevance of Vitamin D3 Status in Healthy Individuals”


O24. Vladimir Jakovlkevic, “Polyphenols as nutritional supplements in cardiovascular health protection: from basic science to applied investigations”


O25. Devendra K. Agrawal, “Vitamin D deficiency accelerates intimal hyperplasia and restenosis following coronary intervention”


O26. Kanakaraju Kaliannan, “Integrated Metagenomic and Metabolomic Investigation of Host-microbiota interactions Reveals the Beneficial Effects of Combination of Elevated Tissue Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Genistein supplementation on High-fat Diet Induced Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome”


O27. Garth Nicolson, “Membrane Lipid Replacement with oral NTFactor Lipids® to restore mitochondrial function, reduce fatigue, pain and other symptoms and improve QOL indicators in fibromyalgia and fatigue syndromes”


O28. Abdul Hameed Khan, “The Impact of Sequencing Human Genome on Novel Drug Design and the Synthesis of Analogs of Aziridinylbenzoquinones (US Patent 4,146,622) as a Novel Class of Drugs Designed for Treating Brain Cancer”


O29. Abdulkerim Eroglu, “Molecular Mechanisms of Action of β-apocarotenoids and Functional Biomarkers of Plasma Carotenoids”


O30. Sara Haddad Tabrizi, “The Effect of Bioactive Peptide Extracted from Soybean, Lunasin, on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors”


O31. James Coughlin, “Unfounded Risks of Nitrite and Nitrate in Humans: The Need for a New Framework Based on Their Health Benefits”

O32. Norman Hord, “Dietary exposure to dietary nitrate and nitrite: factors affecting bioavailability from foods, beverages and dietary supplements”


O33. Heidi Lynch, “Plant-based diets and athletic performance: the current state of the evidence”


O34. Di Wu, “Identification and analysis of bioactive peptides from scallops (Chlamys farreri) protein by simulated gastrointestinal digestion”


O35. Tianying Wu, “Red Meat, Renal Function, Race, and Other Predictors of Circulating Nitrates”

O36. John Burd, “Glucose Toxicity:  The Worldwide Problem and the All-Natural Solution”


O37. Smiti Vaid Gupta, “1H NMR metabolomics reveals modulation of Glutamine by Tocotrienols via mTOR pathway in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”


P18. Aubrey Frantz, “In Vitro Effects of Dietary Nitrate On The Human Gut Microbiota”


P19. Michele Greque de Morais, “Nutritional Evaluation of Cake Enriched with Brazilian Berry Pulp”


O38. Sunny Jain, “Analysis of the Gut Microbiome using Whole Genome Sequencing and the Effectiveness of Customized Floré® Precision Probiotics”


O39. Zulya Maizetova, “The Nutrigenomic Approach in New Generation of Nutraceuticals”


O40. Ranjeet Klair, “Creating Safe Manufacturing Standards to Produce Functional Foods”


P20. Sheila Wicks, “Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) Extracts and Triterpenes Act as HDAC1/SIRT Agonists/Antagonists in Cultured COV-434 Ovarian Granulosa Tumor Cells”


P21. Kasozi Joram, “Ugandan diet of Fruits and Vegetables that are rich in minerals, vitamins and bioactive Compounds for Prevention of Diseases”


P22. Namirembe Zainah, “Zanthoxylum chalybeum Engl. root tea formulation lowers elevated blood glucose in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients”


P23. Tuliraba Eron Alexandria, “Bioactive Compounds, Pharmacological activity and Clinical Observational Studies of Hibiscus sabdariffa L. Review”


P24. Jorge Alberto V. Costa, “Development of Snack Bars with Spirulina Biomass: Effect of Microalga Concentration in Color and Microbiological Parameters”

P25. Julius Oben, "Antioxidant and hypoglycemiant activities of hydroethanolic extract of Baillonella toxisperma pulp (MOAB100™)."

P26. Melanie Hutchings, "Efficacy of Oil Palm Phenolics and Curcumin on the Serotonin Pathway"

O41. Mahnaz Kargar, “Physicochemical and Nutritional Properties of Selected Banana (Musa spp.) Cultivars in the Southeastern U.S.”

O42. Julius Oben, "Pain reduction by a cucumber extract (Q-Actin™) is accompanied by a decrease in oxidative stress in patients with moderate osteoarthritis"


Scholarships:


Deadlines:

Scholarship applications for the 26th International conference of FFC must be submitted by 5:00 pm December 26th, 2019. Other important deadlines to consider are: 

Abstract Deadline: January 2nd, 2019 5:00 pm (PST)

Award Information:

Functional Food Center is pleased to be offering scholarships to students and postdoc fellows. The purpose of these scholarships is to help students pay for the expenses of attending our conferences. FFC understands it can be expensive for students and academia to afford presenting at conferences, so we hope this financial assistance will support selected applicants present their posters at our conferences.

Scholarship winners will be offered reimbursement of expenses associated with attending our conferences (up to 500 USD). These costs include possible airfare, transportation, hotel stays, the conference registration, and textbook on Functional Food. Scholarship winners will receive certificates for 12-Month membership for ASFFBC (Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds). Please note: receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the conference organizing committee who will review each submitted abstract on the quality of the scientific, the objective’s relevance to the conference topic, and presented findings.

Eligible Applicants:

Students and postdoctoral fellows who submit abstract(s) for poster presentation(s) 
Students who are currently enrolled at an academic institution in a Master’s, PhD, and/or MD program will be considered
Postdoctoral fellows with a Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree at an academic institution who are conducting research after the completion of their doctoral studies will also be considered
An applicant is eligible to receive one award per conference. If one or more abstracts are submitted from the same lab only one applicant will be awarded.

Criteria for Abstract Review:

For general information on abstract submission requirements, please click on the Abstract Submission tab. The conference organizing committee will review each submitted scholarship application according to the following criteria:

  • Abstract is relevant to the conference topic(s)
  • Objective and problem are clearly articulated
  • Methods, findings, and results are explained and related to research question
  • Study and findings have potential to inspire discussion on functional food and chronic diseases
  • Style and language used
  • Abstracts should be written in US English or British English
    Abstracts should be free of spelling and grammatical errors, including limited abbreviations usage, little to none typography errors, and italics are used appropriately

For information on abstract submission requirements, please click here: https://www.functionalfoodscenter.net/abstract-submission-ffc26.html

Application and Submission Requirements:

If you match the eligibility requirements and want to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the conference you wish to present and attend. It is recommended to submit the scholarship application before the deadline to ensure completeness.

Complete the Scholarship Form 
To apply for a scholarship, please click here

Late scholarship applications will not be accepted.

Although full articles do not need to be submitted before the scholarship deadline, full-text papers should be submitted before the abstract deadline. To find out how to submit an article to The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD), please click here: http://www.ffhdj.com

Notification for Scholarships:

Once the organizing committee has reviewed all of the scholarship applications, we will immediately send an email to notify all scholarship applicants. Award winners will also be listed on the website page to recognize those with the best abstracts. You should receive an email before the Early Bird Registration Deadline so you are able to register at a discounted price.

Requirements of Scholarship Winner:

In order for scholarship recipients to be reimbursed by FFC they must complete these necessary requirements:

Present their poster at the conference
Keep all receipts of travel and registration for the conference
Complete an exit survey after the conference
After you complete these tasks and send us your proof of purchases associated with attending the conference, FFC will send you a check for reimbursement.


Scholarship Form


Prospective Speakers:

Garth Nicolson

Garth Nicolson, Keynote Speaker, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA. Dr. Nicolson has over 600 scientific publications, several of which are citation classics. Dr. Nicholson’s previous positions include Professor and Chairman, Department of Tumor Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Pathology  at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is engaged in research on chronic illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gulf War Illness, and various autoimmune diseases. Dr. Nicolson was also a Nobel Prize Nominee. Dr. Garth Nicolson is an Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease

Presentation Topic: The use of oral Membrane Lipid Replacement with glycerolphospholipids to  treat systemic pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue in fibromyalgia patients.

Kanakaraju Kaliannan MD

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

Session Chair: Metabolic Syndrome and Gut Microbiome

Presentation Topic: Synergistic effects of omega 3 fatty acids and genistein on gut microbiome is associated with prevention metabolic syndrome 

Danik Martirosyan

Danik Martirosyan, (Conference Co-Chairman) PhD., President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA.

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

Presentation Topic: Evaluating scientific evidence: Functional, medical and healthy Food

Akinori Yanaka

Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki,  Japan

Presentation Topic: Chemoprevention against gastointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

Dragan M. Djuric

Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian“; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. 

Presentation Topic: Sulfur amino acids homocysteine and methionine: overview of the cardiovascular effects in rats

Session organizer:  Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Naranjan S. Dhalla

Naranjan S. Dhalla, PhD, MD (Hon), Distinguished Professor & Senior Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Developments, SBRC, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, University of Manitoba, Max Rady College of Medicine,  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Presentation Topic: Modification of cardiovascular dysfunction by treatment with some vitamins

Session: : Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Devendra K. Agrawal

Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D.(Biochem), Ph.D.(Med. Sciences), Professor and Chairman, Department of Clinical & Translational Science, The Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, USA

Presentation Topic: Vitamin D deficiency accelerates intimal hyperplasia and restenosis following coronary intervention

Session: : Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Vladimir Jakovljevic

Vladimir Jakovljevic, MD, PhD, President, Professor of Physiology and Dean, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia

Presentation Topic: Polyphenols as nutritional supplements in cardiovascular health protection: from basic science to applied investigations

Session: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Grant Pierce

Grant Pierce, Professor, Executive Director of Research, St Boniface Hospital and Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Presentation Topic: Supplementation of the diet with flaxseed - its effects on cardiovascular health

Session: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Bram Ramjiawan

Bram Ramjiawan, PhD, Director of Research, Asper Clinical Research Institute, Director of Research, Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, Director Office of Clinical Research, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Presentation Topic: Facts and Controversies Associated with the Assessment and Use of Vitamin D.

Session: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Roberto Giovannoni

Roberto Giovannoni, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Presentation Topic: The nutraceutical revolution: food as safe drug synthesis and delivery system

Longying Zha

Longying Zha, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrtion and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Southern Medical University, North Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Presentation topic: The Modulation of Soyasaponins on Toll-like Receptor 4 signaling pathway in Macrophages

Nathan S. Bryan

Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Session Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA

Special Session organizer: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. 

Presentation Topic: Evidence for Consideration of Dietary Guidelines for Nitrite and Nitrate

James R. Coughlin

James R. Coughlin, PhD, Certified Food Scientist, President, Coughlin & Associates: Experienced independent Ph.D. consultant in food chemistry and nutritional toxicology, with a 4-decade demonstrated history of working successfully in the food and beverage, dietary supplement and consumer packaged goods' industry, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Unfounded Risks of Nitrite and Nitrate in Humans: The Need for a New Framework Based on Their Health Benefits

Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate.

Norman Hord

Norman Hord, PhD, MPH, RD, Head, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Professor in Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis,OR, USA

Tentative Presentation Topic:  Dietary nitrate and nitrite concentrations in food patterns and dietary supplements

Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate.

Anureet Kaur

Anureet Kaur, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition at California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Fenugreek seeds as a good source of bioactive compounds 

Sheila Wicks

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.

Presentation Topic: Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa) Extracts and Compounds Enhance Osteoblastogenesis in hFOB Osteoblasts by Acting as HDAC Agonists

Hairong Cheng

Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Presentation Topic: Yarrowia lipolytica, an excellent brewer of our better life

Asim K. Duttaroy

Asim K. Duttaroy, MD, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo,  Norway

Presentation Topic: Development of EFSA approved cardioprotective functional food ingredients

Heidi Lynch

Heidi Lynch, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA

Presentation Topic: Plant-based diets and exercise performance

Simon Itsygin

Simon Itsygin, PhD, President at Czar Salt, Greater San Diego, CA, USA

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

Presentation Topic: A new technologies to process marine raw materials and ready to use products such as gourmet sea salt, algae dried biomass, food supplements and cosmetics

Ming Du

Ming Du, PhD, Professor, Food Science and Technology, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian Liaoning, China 

Presentation Topic: Beneficial effects of lactoferrin on bone health of human

Tatiana Korolenko

Tatiana Korolenko, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental Neurodegeneration, Institute of Physiology and Fundamental Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation

Presentation Topic: Hypolipidemic effects of mannans in mice with dyslipidemia

Ulku Demirci

Ulku Demirci, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gedik, Istanbul, Turkey

Presentation Topic: Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) in the gastrointestinal tract

Ilkay Gok

Ilkay Gok, PhD, Foog Engineer, Culinary Researcher, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Presentation Topic: Consumer preferences, marketing size, regulations and labeling of functional foods in Turkey

Robert Rucker

Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition (One Shields Avenue), Davis, CA, 95616, USA. 

Presentation Topic: Pyrroloquinoline Quinone: Its Importance to Mitochondriogenesis

Hongyu Wang

Hongyu Wang, MD, Vice president of PKUSG, Director and Professor, Peking University Shougang Hospital, Beijing, China

Presentation topic: Vascular health promotion program in China

Tianying Wu

Tianying Wu,MD,PhD, Associate professor, School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Predictors of circulating nitrates: Red meat in relation to inflammation in past smokers

Hameed Khan

Hameed Khan, PhD, Senior Scientist, NCMRR at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Presentation Topic: On the Impact of Sequencing Human Genome on the Novel Drug Design and the Discovery of AZQ (US Patent 4,146, 622) Specifically Designed to shut off a gene that causes Brain Cancer.

Sara Haddad Tabrizi

Sara Haddad Tabrizi, PhD, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: The Effect of Bioactive Peptide Extracted from Soybean, Lunasin, on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors

John F. Burd

John F. Burd, PhD, Lysulin, Inc. San Diego, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Glucose Toxicity: The Worldwide Problem and the All-Natural Solution

Martin Kwok

Martin Kwok, ND, Richmond Alternative Medical Clinic Inc., Richmond, BC, Canada

Presentation Topic: Lumbrokinase – the result of a perfect marriage between traditional empirical knowledge and modern medical science

Mahnaz Kargar

Mahnaz Kargar, PhD student, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA

Presentation Topic: Physicochemical properties and bioactive compounds of selected Banana cultivars (Musa spp.): Consumer demand and potential health benefits for diabetes

Zulya Maizetova

Zulya Maizetova, MD, Pavlov First State Medical University of Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Presentation Topic: The Nutrigenomic approach in new generation of nutraceuticals

Smiti Gupta

Smiti Gupta, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA

Presentation Topic: 1H NMR metabolomics reveals modulation of Glutamine by Tocotrienols via mTOR pathway in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

William W. Li

William W. Li, MD, President and Medical Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Presentation Topic: Activation of intrinsic health defenses as a mechanism for food bioactives: a systems-based approach to food functionality


Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Main Topics/Sessions at the 26th FFC's International Conference will include:

GENERAL SESSIONS:

  • Session 1: Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals: Definition and the Status in Different Countries
  • Session 2. Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public health
  • Session 2: The Effects of bioactive molecules on Biomarkers of Chronic Diseases
  • Session 3: The Effects of Nutrition and Functional Foods on Aging and Health
  • Session 4: Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease
  • Session 5: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases
  • Session 6: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases
  • Session 7: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
  • Session 8: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods
  • Session 9: Biomarkers and Functional Food
  • Session 10: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
  • Session 11: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

SPECIAL SESSIONS:

  • Special Session 1: Functional Foods for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Special Session 2: Metabolic Syndrome. Session organizer: 
  • Special Session 3: Immunonutrition. Session organizer: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Special session 4: Sports Nutrition and Functional Foods. Session organizer: 
  • Special Session 5: Metabolic syndrome and gut microbiome. Session organizer: Session organizer: Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD. 
  • Special session 6: Sulfur compounds, B-group vitamins and cardiovascular health.  Session organizer: Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, professor
  • Special Session: Dietitian's Point of View

Detail Discription of Sessions and Topics

Session: Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals: Definition and the Status in Different 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
  • Please suggest your own topic 

Session: 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: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases

  • Functional foods and other non-communicable diseases
  • Bioactive compounds and other non-communicable diseases
  • The effects of medical food on biomarkers of non-communicable diseases

Session: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods

  • Food-Drug Interactions
  • Safety of bioactive compounds at efficacious levels
  • Safety of functional foods at efficacious levels
  • Regulatory issues and health claims

Session: Biomarkers and Functional Food

  • Biomarkers and functional foods
  • Biomarkers available for assessing diet-related changes
  • How can biomarkers improve functional food products development process?
  • The importance of Monitoring Biomarkers in Functional food Science
  • FDA’s Biomarker Qualification Program and creation of new functional foods

Session: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases 

  • Functional Foods and Obesity
  • Functional Foods and Diabetes
  • Mental and Neurological Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Functional Foods and Cancer
  • Functional Foods and other Chronic Diseases

Session: 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: Functional Foods for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): What causes and what are the symptoms?
  • IBD: functional foods, bioactive compounds and biomarkers
  • Nutrition and bioactive compounds in the management of IBD 
  • Dietary management of pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • The role of nutrition in the development and functioning of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
  • The Role of Prebiotics in IBD
  • The use of glycerolphospholipids to treat systemic pain and gastrointestinal pain
  • Probiotics for therapeutic application in pouchitis and to a lesser degree in Ulcerative Colitis

Special session: Sports Nutrition and Functional Foods

  • Nutrition for Strength Adaptations
  • Requirements of Proteins, Fats, and Carbohydrates for Athletes
  • Physiological Basis for Creatine Supplementation In Skeletal Muscle and the Central Nervous System
  • The Role of Glycine-Arginine-Alpha-Ketoisocaproic Acid (GAKIC) in Sports Nutrition
  • Roles of Chromium (III), Vanadium, Iron, and Zinc in Sports Nutrition
  • Human Performance and Sports Application of Herbal Supplements
  • Carbohydrate and Glycogen Metabolism: Training and Dietary Influences and Their Impact on Performance and Recovery
  • Eccentric Exercise: Benefits and Applications to Training
  • Strength Assessments: Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Considerations
  • Sports Nutrition Beverages: An Overview
  • Nutrition in Paralympics
  • An Overview of Extreme Sports