29th International Conference of FFC - 17th International

Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers for Aging and Related Diseases


September 20-21, 2020, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

29th International Conference of FFC

Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 29th International Conference "Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers for Aging and Related Diseases". The conference will be held in Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School Boston, the USA on September 20-21, 2020. 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:

  • 1.     Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds
    2.     Healthy Aging
    3.     Diet, Nutrition and Older Adults
    4.     Changes in Organ Systems Over the Lifespan
    5.     Chronic Diseases and Aging
    6.     Mental Disorders and Aging
    7.     Strategies for Providing Care for Older Adults with Chronic Illnesses
    8.     Gender Differences in Aging
    9.     Drug and Nutrient Interactions
    10.  Future Issues

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

Call for Abstracts:

The abstract submission will be open from January 3rd until June 1st, 2020, 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 June 1st, 2020. 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 June 1st, 2020.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after June 1st, 2020, 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 June 1st, 2020, 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, 2020: 75% refund; before June 30, 2020: 50%refund; after June 30, 2020: 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

Discounted Registration Fee  

April 1st to May 1st, 2020

Registration Fee  

May 1st to June 1st, 2020

Registration Fee  

June 1st to August 1st, 2020

Student Nonmembers*

Student Members of ASFFBC







USDA and NIH Repr., Dietitians and Retired Professionals*

Members of  ASFFBC







Academic (Researchers and Professors at Universities)

Members of ASFFBC







Food and Medical Industry -Nonmembers

Members of ASFFBC







Exhibitor/Vendor 675.00 725.00 800.00
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 49.00 49.00
Evening Networking Reception on September 20th, 2-19

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 deadline is June 1st, 2020. Full-text papers for oral presentations or posters should be submitted before July 30th, 2020. Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before September 13th, 2020. 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 University, nor is Functional Food Center, Inc, a Harvard University program or activity.

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