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27th International Conference of FFC - 15th International

Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers: Health Promotion and Disease Management

 

September 20-21, 2019, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA


27th International Conference of FFC

Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 27th International Conference "Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers: Health Promotion and Disease Management". The conference will be held in Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School Boston, the USA on September 20-21, 2019. This conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases. Conference organized by FFC and Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center / Harvard Teaching Hospital.

Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session Topics:

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

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


Call for Abstracts:

The abstract submission has been now extended until July 30, 2019, 5pm due to requests from the potential participants. . 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@functionalfoodscenter.net. Please review our sample abstract.

There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract before May 31, 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@functionalfoodscenter.net, to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before May 31, 2019.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after May 31, 2019, 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 July 30th, 2019, at 5 pm will not be accepted. For any information concerning publications, please contact us at ffc@functionalfoodscenter.net. 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 feet width(76.2 Centimeter), 3.5 feet height(106.68 Centimeter).

Poster Presentation Recommendations:

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

Registration Fees:

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

Cancellation Policy: Before May 30, 2019: 75% refund; before June 30, 2019: 50%refund; after June 30, 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@functionalfoodscenter.net. All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

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


Conference registration fees are in USD 

  Registration Type

Registration Fee  

May 1st to June 1st, 2019

Registration Fee  

June 1st to August 1st, 2019

Registration Fee  

August 1st to September 1st, 2019

Registration Fee  

September 1st to September 14th, 2019

Student Nonmembers*

Student Members of ASFFBC

200.00

150.00

225.00

175.00

250.00

200.00

275.00

225.00

USDA and NIH Repr., Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC

300.00

225.00

325.00

250.00

350.00

275.00

395.00

325.00

Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC

575.00

475.00

600.00

500.00

645.00

545.00

695.00

595.00

Food and Medical Industry -Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC

675.00

575.00

700.00

600.00

745.00

645.00

795.00

695.00

Exhibitor/Vendor 725.00 800.00 845.00 895.00
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 49.00 99.00 99.00
Evening Networking Reception on September 20th, 2-19

Included in Conference Registration Fee

Included in Conference Registration Fee

Included in Conference Registration Fee

Included in Conference Registration Fee

*Must present ID

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

Students enrolled in an undergraduate program (MS, Ph.D. or MD) are eligible for the Student Discount rate. When you register for the conference, you must enter your mentor's name and Email address during checkout to verify your student status.

Paper Submission:

The abstract submission has been now extended until July 30, 2019 due to requests from the potential participants. Full-text papers for oral presentations or posters should be submitted before July 30th, 2019. Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before September 13th, 2019. Please send all documents to ffc@functionalfoodscenter.net.

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


*Disclaimer: Functional Food Center, Inc, is not affiliated with Harvard Medical School, nor is Functional Food Center, Inc, a Harvard Medical School program or activity.

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


Conference Organizers:

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

Organizing Committee Members:

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

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

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

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

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

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor in the Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA


Conference Program 


September 20-21, 2019

8:15-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks.

Session 1. Opening and Keynote Session. Session Chair(s): 

9:00-9:40 Jay Whelan, Keynote SpeakerPhD, Professor, and the Department Head of Public Health at the University of Tennessee. Currently, he is researching different bioactive compounds and their effect on the mouse model. His primary research interests include  the effect of dietary fats (omega-3 and -6) on the cellular and biomolecular level in the respect to cancer. He will be presenting on the topic of LKB1 and CaMKK2, a tumor suppressor and a tumor promotor, which are antithetically regulated by a well-defined blend of herbal extracts. Dr. Jay Whelan will be explaining his results of how a mixture of 10 herbal extracts has anticancerous properties through the regulation of 2 signaling pathways.  LKB1 and CaMKK2, a Tumor Suppressor and a Tumor Promotor, are Antithetically Regulated by a Well-Defined Blend of Herbal Extracts

9:40-10:10  Uma Naidoo, Special lecture, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Dr. Uma Naidoo is also a Culinary Instructor at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She graduated from Harvard as a Medical Doctor of Psychiatry as well as Cambridge School of Culinary Arts with High Honors and M.F.K. Fisher Award as a professional chef. Currently, she works as a Harvard Psychiatrist and Professional Chef Innovator (the leading Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been recognized for being an expert in the connection between diet/nutrition and mental health.  Food Labels and Mental Health: Is there a Connection?

10:10-10:25 Coffee Break

Session 2: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session Chairs:  Dr. Debasis Bagchi and Dr. Willette Crawford

10:25-10:55 Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA. Evaluating BioMedical Data by using Functional Food Definition

10:55-11:20 Willette Crawford, PhD, MPH, Principal Consultant and Owner at Katalyst Consulting LLC, Instructor at Northeastern University, San Francisco, USA. Food Bioactive Compounds: Regulatory Challenges

11:20-11:45 Izabela Tanska, Food Law Advisor, IGI Food Consulting LLC, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Department, Warszawa, Poland. The EU Regulatory Framework Affecting the Functional Food Promotion by Healthcare Professionals.

11:45-12:10 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Nutraceuticals and Functional Food Regulations in the United States with a Special Emphasis on Food Label Claims and GRAS Approval

12:10-13:10 Lunch

Session 3: Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Cancer. Session Chair: Sheila M. Wicks, MD

13:10-13:35 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi, Ibaraki,  Japan. Daily Intake of Sulforaphane-Rich Broccoli Sprouts Improves Bowel Habits in Human Subjects, by Strengthening Nrf2-Dependent Anti-Oxidant Systems, and by Normalizing Intestinal Microbiota

13:35-13:55 Alexandra Zambrano, MSc. Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Science, University of Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela.  Soursop (Annona muricata L.) and Blackberry (Rubus glaucus B.) as Potential Ingredients to Prevent Different Types of Cancer

13:55-14:20 Sheila M. Wicks, MD, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Rush University, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. Black Cohosh extracts, Actein and 23-Epi-26-deoxyactein have biphasic effects on cultured COV-434 ovarian granulosa tumor cells by acting as HDAC/SIRT agonists/antagonists

14:20-14:40 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 4. Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers for Chronic Disorders: Session Chair Amranda Ajay

14:40-15:05 Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Victory Nutrition International, Inc., Department t of Research and Development, Lederach, PA, USA.  A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on N-SORB, a Proprietary KD120 MEC Metabolically Activated Enzyme Formulation

15:05-15:30 Harry Preuss, PhD, Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Assessing the Triglyceride/HDL-Cholesterol Ratio as a Surrogate for Insulin Resistance and its Link to the Metabolic Syndrome in Hispanics and African-Americans

15:30-15:55 Christina Khoo, PhD, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc, Lakeville, MA, USA. Cranberry: Beyond UTI

15:55-16:20 Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks in Haren, German. From the Age of Information Technology to the Age of Psychology - the Superessentiality of Chemical Element Lithium, Part 5

16:20-16:45 Amrendra K Ajay, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Mechanism of Action of Functional Lipids and Metabolites for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease.

16:45-17:30 Session 5. Poster Session and Exhibition

17:30 Conference Closing

September 21, 2019

Session 6: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for Disease Management and Healthy Aging. Session Chair: Dr. Debasis Bagchi

8:45-9:05 Monal Velangi, PhD, Department of Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics, College of Home Science, Nirmala Niketan, University of Mumbai, India; K.J.Somaiya Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, India. Effect of Vitamin D3 and Virgin Coconut Oil on Cartilage Degeneration, Inflammation and Functional Abilities in Early Knee Osteoarthritis

9:05-9:25 Myriam Merarchi, PhD Student, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France. Molecular Targets Modulated by Fangchinoline in Breast Cancer

9:25-9:45 Cedric B. Baker, Pharm.D., Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Mercer University, College of Pharmacy Atlanta, GA, USA. Hormetins and Xenohormetins in Functional Dietary Phytochemical Patterns: Select Mediterranean, Latin American, and Asian Diets Promote Longevity

9:45-10:15 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Proffesor, University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, Texas, USA. VMP35 MNC, A Novel Iron-Free Supplement, Enhances Cytoprotection Against Anemia in Human Subjects: A Clinical Investigation

10:15-10:35 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7: Functional Foods, Metabolism and Diabetes. Session Chair: Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor

10:35-11:00 George Birkmayer, MD, PhD, Institute for Parkinson Therapy, George Birkmayer NADH – Vienna, Austria. NADH (Coenzyme-1) in Prevention and Therapy of Diabetes Type-2

11:00-11:25 Xiuhua Liu, PhD, Professor and Dean, Henan University, Henan Kaifeng, China. Key Laboratory of Natural Medicine and Immune-Engineering of Henan Province, Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Pharmaceutical College, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, China. α-Glucosidase Inhibitors from Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita Thunb)

11:25-11:50 Dinia R. Dwijayanti, PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan. Bitter Melon Fruit Extract Affects Hepatic Expression of the Henes Involved in Inflammation and Fatty acid Metabolism in Ob/Ob Mice

11:50-12:15 Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory University of Osnabrück, Germany. The Impact of Persistent Milk Consumption in the Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Lunch: 12:15-13:15

Session 8: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products: Session Chair: Danik Martirosyan, PhD

13:15-13:35 Doman Kim, PhD, Professor, Seoul National University, Pyeongchang Gangwon, Korea. Composition and Biochemical Properties of L-Carnitine Fortified Makgeolli Brewed by Using Fermented Buckwhea

13:35-13:55 Kubra Dogan, PhD Student, Department of Food Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry and Metallurgical Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey.  Improvement of Bioavailability of Some Medicinal Herbs by Fermentation with Lactobacillus plantarum

13:55-14:15 Abnita Thakuria, Ph.D., Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. An In vitro Study of the Prebiotic Properties of Xylooligosaccharide (XOS) and Organoleptic Evaluation of XOS Added Prawn Patia and Black rice Kheer

14:15-14:35 Ozan N. Ciftci, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE , USA. Increasing Bioavailability of Water-Insoluble Bioactive Compounds Using Nanoporous Gioaerogels and Supercritical Fluid Technology

14:35-14:45 Coffee Break

14:45-15:30 Session 9. Poster Session and Exhibition

15:30-15:45 Awards and Certificates

15:45-16:05 Conference Closing

*Please note: Schedule subject to change.


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 (Abstracts list will be updated soon, this is a sample list from FFC26 conference)


O* -  abstract for oral presentation

P** - abstract for poster presentation

  1. Jay Whelan, LKB1 and CaMKK2, a Tumor Suppressor and a Tumor Promotor, are Antithetically Regulated by a Well-Defined Blend of Herbal Extracts
  2. Uma Naidoo. Food Labels and Mental Health: Is There a Connection?
  3. Willette Crawford. The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Food Bioactive Compounds: Regulatory Challenges
  4. Izabela Tanska. The EU Regulatory Framework Affecting the Functional Food Promotion by Healthcare Professionals.
  5. Debasis Bagchi. Nutraceuticals and Functional Food Regulations in the United States with a Special Emphasis on Food Label Claims and GRAS Approval
  6. Akinori Yanaka. Daily Intake of Sulforaphane-Rich Broccoli Sprouts Improves Bowel Habits in Human Subjects by Strengthening Nrf2-Depeendent Anti-Oxidant Systems and by Normalizing Intestinal Microbiota
  7. Manashi Bagchi.  A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on N-SORB, a Proprietary KD120 MEC Metabolically Activated Enzyme Formulation
  8. Harry Preuss. Assessing the Triglyceride/HDL-Cholesterol Ratio as a Surrogate for Insulin Resistance and its Link to the Metabolic Syndrome in Hispanics and African-Americans
  9. Bernd Markert. From the Age of Information Technology to the Age of Psychology - the Superessentiality of Chemical Element Lithium, Part 5
  10. Sheila M. Wicks. Black Cohosh extracts, Actein and 23-Epi-26-deoxyactein have biphasic effects on cultured COV-434 ovarian granulosa tumor cells by acting as HDAC/SIRT agonists/antagonists
  11. Amrendra K Ajay. Metabolic Profiling of Acute Kidney Injury to Chronic Kidney Disease Identifies Lipid Mediators as Regulator Chronic Kidney Disease Progression 
  12. Hossein Mirmiranpour. The In Vivo Study of Gallic Acid Effect on Oxidative Stress in Type 2 Diabetes
  13. Myriam Merarchi. Molecular Targets Modulated by Fangchinoline in Breast cancer
  14. Dinia R. Dwijayanti. Bitter Melon Fruit Extract Affects Hepatic Expression of the Genes Involved in Inflammation and Fatty Acid Metabolism in ob/ob Mice
  15. Debasis Bagchi. VMP35 MNC, A Novel Iron-Free Supplement, Enhances Cytoprotection Against Anemia in Human Subjects: A Clinical Investigation
  16. Francesco Carluccio. Lycopene, Cell Death Cascade and Arachidonic Acid Peroxidation Products in Aging with Chronic Kidney Disease
  17. Monal Velangi. Effect of Vitamin D3 and Virgin Coconut Oil on Cartilage Degeneration, Inflammation and Functional Abilities in Early Knee Osteoarthritis
  18. Bodo Melnik. The Impact of Persistent Milk Consumption in the Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
  19. Xiuhua Liu. α-Glucosidase inhibitors from Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita Thunb)
  20. Doman Kim. Composition and Biochemical Properties of L-Carnitine Fortified Makgeolli Brewed by Using Fermented Buckwheat
  21. Kubra Dogan. Improvement of Bioavailability of some Medicinal Herbs by Fermentation with Lactobacillus plantarum
  22. Abnita Thakuria. An In vitro Study of the Prebiotic Properties of Xylooligosaccharide (XOS) and Organoleptic Evaluation of XOS Added Prawn Patia and Black Rice Kheer
  23. Danik Martirosyan. How to Create New Healthy and Functional Foods: Benefits, Concerns and Challenges
  24. Andrés Leschot. Mathematical Modeling for Unveiling Detailed Physiological and Mechanistic Modes of Action of a Standardized Maqui (Aristotelia chilensis) Extract for Normalizing Glycemic Control in a Patient-By-Patient Personalized Medicine Approach
  25. George Birkmayer. NADH (Coenzyme-1) in Prevention and Therapy of Diabetes Type-2
  26. Ping Wang. Saffron: a Functional Food with Homologous Medicine and Food
  27. Habtamu Fekadu Gemede. Antioxidant Properties of Indigenous Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) Pod and Seed Accessions: an Underutilized Vegetable in Ethiopia
  28. Sandra A Benite-Ribeiro. Aerobic Exercise Attenuates Dyslipidemia and Mitochondria Dysfunction Induced by High-Fat Diet
  29. Jay Whelan. Treatment of 3T3-MBX Preadipocytes with a Well-Defined Blend of Herbal Extracts Mediates Anti-Adipogenic Effects via Activation of AMPK, PKA and JNK Signaling. 
  30. Cedric B. Baker. Hormetins and Xenohormetins in Functional Dietary Phytochemical Patterns: Select Mediterranean, Latin American, and Asian Diets Promote Longevity
  31. Amalia Yanni. Cr (III)-Enriched Bread Towards Glucose Regulation: a Novel Approach Beyond Fibers
  32. Alican Akcicek. The Effect of Different Food Processes on the Bioavailability of Phenolic Compounds
  33. Jay Whelan. Combination of a Well-Defined Blend of Herbal Extracts and Fish Oil Attenuates Intimal Hyperplasia Following Vascular Injury
  34. Bernard W. Downs. Prodovite, VMP35 MNC, a Novel Vitamin, Mineral and Phytonutrient Supplement, Enhances Athletic Performance: a Pilot Investigation
  35. Cedric B. Baker. Translational Phytotoxicology, Phytoremediation, and the Pharmacovigilance of Botanical Natural Products: Herbs, Botanicals, Dietary Supplements, Functional Foods and Medical Foods in the United States
  36. Marie Robree M. Victoria. Extraction of Pectin from Indian Mango (Mangifera indica L.) Peel and its Utilization as a Stabilizer in Ready-to-Drink Yoghurt Beverage
  37. Samuel Odeyemi. Hepatoprotective Effect of Ferulic Acid and Caffeine Isolated from Lauridia tetragona (L.f.) R.H. Archer on Acetaminophen Induced Liver Injury
  38. Timothy O. Akinosun. Impact of Precursors on the Acrylamide Levels in Important West African Foods
  39. Nathalia D. Goncalves. Encapsulation by Coacervation of P. Volubilis L. Oil as Functional Ingredient Based on Cashew Gum-Gelatin
  40. Nwanna Esther. Tropical Eggplant (Solanum spp) Fruits Bioactive Constituents Modulate the Activities of Purinergic, Monoaminergic and Cholinergic Enzymes in Hyperglyceamia-induced Neurodegeneration in in-vivo Study
  41. Euni Lee. Status of Functional Food Products for Weight Loss in South Korea
  42. Tsabang Nole. Reconstitution of Cancer's Ethnomedical Treatment by the One Boy Local Therapist (1888-1959) in Fong-Tongo and Neighboring Districts, Cameroon
  43. Seok-Woo Lee. Effects of a Mixture of Propolis and Grapefruit Seed Extracts on the Growth of Periodontal Pathogens
  44. Christina Khoo. Cranberry: Beyond UTI
  45. Alexandra Zambrano. Soursop (Annona muricata L.) and Blackberry (Rubus glaucus B.) as a Potential Ingredient to Prevent Different Types of Cancer
  46. Shima Bibi. Dietary Red Raspberry Reduced Colorectal Inflammation and Carcinogenic Risk in Mice with Dextran Sulfate Sodium-Induced Colitis 
  47. Ilkay Gök. Shalgam: One of the Functional Traditional Beverages in Turkey
  48. Alexander Plakida. Effect of Chlorella on the Human Organism: a Comprehensive Study 
  49. Ozan Ciftci. Increasing Bioavailability of Water-Insoluble Bioactive Compounds Using Nanoporous Bioaerogels and Supercritical Fluid Technologies 
  50. Athal Kumar Natarajan. Vibrational Spectral, Comparative Vibrational Spectroscopic Studies and Computational Studies of Ayurvedic Properties of Turmeric 
  51. Ali Ubeyitogullari. Enhancing the Bioaccessibility of Lycopene From Tomato Processing Byproducts via Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Extraction 

Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session 1: Functional Food Definition and the Status of Functional Foods in Japan, USA and other Countries
  • The regulations, policy, and labeling of functional foods in Japan
  • Weaknesses and strong points of FOSHU/Food for Special Health Usage
  • What is the status of Functional Foods in the USA? Expert opinions from NIH, USDA, and FDA
  • How the new definition of Functional Foods can help to improve the status of functional foods word wide
Session 2: Functional foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Obesity
  • Epidemiology of obesity
  • The modern mechanisms of obesity; energy metabolism and obesity; neurobiological mechanisms of obesity; microbiological mechanisms of obesity; pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity
  • Biomarkers of obesity
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of obesity
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for obesity
Session 3: Functional foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Patients with Prediabetes and Diabetes (Session Chairs: Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA, and Dr. Harry Preuss, PhD, Professor, Depa rtment of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C, USA)
  • Epidemiology of diabetes
  • The modern mechanisms of diabetes
  • Biomarkers of diabetes
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of diabetes
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for diabetes
 
Session 4: Functional foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Neurological Diseases
 
  • Epidemiology of mental and neurological diseases
  • Mechanisms of neurological diseases
  • Biomarkers of different mental and neurological diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of neurological diseases
  • Functional foods for mental and neurological diseases
  • Nutrition, Functional and Medical foods for neurological diseases
 
Session 5: Functional foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD)
 
  • Epidemiology of CVD
  • Biomarkers of different cardiovascular diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for CVD
 
Session 6: Functional foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Cancer (Session Chair: Dr. Jin-Rong Zhou, Co-chairman: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA)
 
  • Epidemiology of Cancer
  • Biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • Nutrition, Functional, and Medical Foods for the Cancer
 
Session 7: Functional Foods and Healthy Aging (Session Chair: Dr. Gabriela Riscuta, Founder and Scientific Co-chair Cancer and Aging Interest Group, National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH), Rockville, Maryland)
 
  • Biology of Aging: Understanding the Cellular and Molecular Processes of Age-related Diseases
  • Aging and Chronic Diseases
  • Biomarkers of Aging: a)Physical Function b) Blood-Based Biomarkers c)DNA-Based Markers d) Novel markers
  • Diet, Nutrition and Aging
  • Functional Food Products and Healthy Aging
  • Understanding and Extending the Lifespan: Caloric Restriction, Intermittent Fasting, Time-restricted Feeding
 
Session 8: Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases (Session Chairs: Dr.Amrendra Ajay, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, and Dr. Machelle Seibel, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA)
 
  • 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 9: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods (Session Chair: Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA)
 
  • Food-Drug Interactions
  • Safety of bioactive compounds at efficacious levels
  • Safety of functional foods at efficacious levels
  • Regulatory issues and health claims
 
Session 10: 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 11: Current Research and Development of New Functional and Healthy Food Products (Session Chair: Dr. Danik Martirosyan, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA)
 
  • 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 12: The Human Microbiome, Diet, Functional Foods, and Health
 
  • The microbiome, health, and disease
  • How diet impacts the microbiome
  • Diet, obesity, and the gut microbiome
  • Impact of microbiome on oral and gastrointestinal health
  • Future market of functional food products for human microbiome
  • Translation of probiotic and prebiotic science into probiotic and prebiotic foods
  • How to build and preserve health capital through food

Speakers:

Amrendra K Ajay

Amrendra K Ajay, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA 

Session Chair: Functional Foods and Food Bioactive Compounds for Kidney Disease

Presentation Topic: Mechanism of action of functional lipids and metabolites for patients with chronic kidney disease.

Uma Naidoo

Uma Naidoo, M.D. Harvard Psychiatrist and Professional Chef Innovator (Mood-Food Expert),  Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital , Boston, MA, USA

Session Chair and Speaker: Functional Foods and Food bioactive Compounds for Mental Health 

Presentation Topic:  Nutrition and mental health 

Jay Whelan

Jay Whelan, PhD, Professor, Department Head, Cellular Molecular Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville TN, USA

Presentation Topic: LKB1 and CaMKK2, a tumor suppressor and a tumor promotor, are antithetically regulated by a well-defined blend of herbal extracts

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

Bernd Markert

Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks in Haren, Germany

Presentation Topic: From the Age of Information Technology to the Age of Psychology - the Superessentiality of Chemical Element Lithium, Part 5

Willette M Crawford

Willette M Crawford, PhD, Katalyst Consulting LLC, Tiburon, CA 94920, USA and Northeastern University, Boston, MA 02115, USA 

Presentation Topic: Food Bioactive Compounds: Regulatory Challenges 

Debasis Bagchi

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Proffesor, University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, Texas, USA

Presentation Topic: VMP35 MNC, A Novel Iron-Free Supplement, Enhances Cytoprotection Against Anemia in Human Subjects: A Clinical Investigation

Harry Preuss

Harry Preuss, PhD, Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA

Presentation Topic:  Assessing the triglyceride/HDL-cholesterol ratio as a surrogate for insulin resistance and its link to the metabolic syndrome in Hispanics and African-Americans

Dinia R. Dwijayanti

Dinia R. Dwijayanti, PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan

Presentation Topic: Bitter melon fruit extract affects hepatic expression of the genes involved in inflammation and fatty acid metabolism in ob/ob mice

Manashi Bagchi

Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on N-SORB, a Proprietary KD120 MEC Metabolically Activated Enzyme Formulation

Kubra Dogan

Kubra Dogan, PhD Student, Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry and Metallurigcal Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey

Presentation Topic: Improvement of bioavailability of some medicinal herbs by fermentation with Lactobacillus plantarum

Bodo Melnik

Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory
University of Osnabrück, Germany

Presentation Topic: The impact of persistent milk consumption in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Francesco Carluccio

Francesco CarluccioFrancesco Carluccio, PhD, Professor, Nephrology Unity, Ospedale “Ignazio Veris Delli Ponti” Scorrano, Lecce, Italy

Presentation Topic: Lycopen, cell death cascade and arachidonic acid peroxidation products in aging with chronic kidney disease

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 extracts, Actein and 23-Epi-26-deoxyactein have biphasic effects on cultured COV-434 ovarian granulosa tumor cells by acting as HDAC/SIRT agonists/antagonists

Izabela TanskaIzabela Tanska

Izabela TanskaIzabela Tanska, Food Law Advisor, CEO, IGIFC, Warsaw, Masovian District, Poland


Presentation Topic: The EU regulatory framework affecting the functional food promotion by healthcare professionals.

Xiuhua Liu

Xiuhua Liu, PhD, Professor and Dean, Henan University, Henan Kaifeng, China. Key Laboratory of Natural Medicine and Immune-Engineering of Henan Province, Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Pharmaceutical College, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, China

Presentation Topic:  α-Glucosidase inhibitors from Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita Thunb)

Monal Velangi

Monal Velangi, PhD, Department of Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan, University of Mumbai, India.

Presentation Topic: Effect of vitamin D3 and Virgin Coconut Oil on cartilage degeneration, inflammation and functional abilities in early knee osteoarthritis

Abnita Thakuria

Abnita Thakuria, Ph.D., Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. 

Presentation Topic: An In vitro study of the prebiotic properties of Xylooligosaccharide (XOS) and organoleptic evaluation of XOS added Prawn patia and Black rice kheer


Venue and Accommodation

Conference Center at Harvard

The conference will take place at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School on September 20-21, 2019. Please read on to find more information regarding the venue, hotel, and possible places to visit while staying in Boston!

Venue

Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

The conference will be held at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center (77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA). The conference center is located within The New Research Building at Harvard Medical School. Please refer to the campus map for directions. If you have any general question about the conference room location, directions, parking, etc., please call us (469-441-8272)

You can find out some interesting information on FFC's 27th International Conference in the website of  Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (Lower Saxony, Germany): https://www.eisn-institute.de/boston-2019/, or click here to open pdf file. 


Accommodations: Recommended Hotels

The Inn at Longwood Medical

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

Fairmont Copley Plaza

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

Courtyard Boston Brookline

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

Holiday Inn

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

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

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

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

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


Tourism

Boston

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

Places to Visit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boston


Transportation

MBTA

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

Car Rentals

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

Rental Car Company

Telephone Number

Alamo Car Rental

(888) 826-6893

Avis Car Rental

(617) 568-6602

Budget Rental Car

(617) 568-6601

Dollar Rent A Car

(866) 434-2226

Enterprise Rent A Car

(617) 561-4488

Hertz Car Rental

(617) 568-5200

Touring/Networking

Following the first day of the conference on the evening of September 20, 2019, we would like to invite all attendees and speakers to come enjoy an enjoyable networking opportunity with us! The event will take place at JM Conference Center at Harvard Medical School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

*Disclaimer: Functional Food Center, Inc, is not affiliated with Harvard Medical School, nor is Functional Food Center, Inc, a Harvard Medical School program or activity.

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