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9th International Conference of FFC

Functional Food Components in Health and Disease

August 16-18, 2011,  University of San Diego, CA, USA

DEAR COLLEAGUES: We are very pleased to announce the 9th International Conference "Functional Food Components in Health and Disease". It will be at the University of San Diego, in California, USA.

University of San Diego

Welcome to University of San Diego, San Diego, California 

The conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional foods in the prevention and management of chronic diseases.


Ffunctional Food Components: source and  potential benefits in health

  • Fatty Acids: functional food components, source, potential benefits
  • Omega-3s (α-linolenic acid-ALA, eicosapentaenoic acid -EPA, and docosahexaenoic acid - DHA), for Chronic Diseases
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics: functional components, source, potential benefits 
  • Plant Sterols: functional components, source, potential benefits 
  • Phenolics: functional components, source, potential benefits 
  • Dietary Fibers: functional components, source, potential benefits 
  • Carotenoids: functional components, source, potential benefits
  • Phytoestrogens: functional components, source, potential benefits
  • Encapsulation of Functional Food Components, bio-availability, target delivery, monitoring potential benefits

Functional Food Components and Chronic Diseases:

  • Functional Food Components and Obesity
  • Functional Food Components and Diabetes
  • Functional Food Components and Cardiovascular Disorders
  • Functional Food Components and Cancer
  • Nutritional Prevention of Neurodegenerative Diseases (Vitamin D3, Curcuminoids, Omega-3).
  • Functional Food Components and other Chronic Diseases
  • Amino-Acid therapy for Reward Deficiency Syndrome (addiction)

Development of Functional Food Products.

Registration Category Fee

  Standard Rate
Full Time Students*  $295.00
RD, DPT, RN ** $375.00
Registration Fees for Members of Academia $595.00
Registration Fees for Members of Industry $645.00
Vendors $795.00

**Letter of verification required by email

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


Special Hotel Pricing Available: Rooms have been reserved with the Days Hotel in San Diego. Attendees may call the hotel at 619-297-8800 or 800-227-4743 and mention being a part of the USD Functional Food group to reserve their rooms. Reservations are also available online with the group link here.  Reservations for August 15-18, 2011 are available at the conference special rate of US $98 + tax per night. This rate is available through August 5, 2011.

Hotel Location:  Hotel Circle S. San Diego, California 92108, USA. Ph: 619-297-8800, Fax: 619-298-6029, web:

Conference Program


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


8:00-9:00 am

Conference Registration


9:00-9:10 am

Conference Opening

Conference Chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder of Functional Food Center, Associate Clinical Professor, Texas Woman's University, USA 

9:10-9:20 am

Welcome to the University of San Diego (USD)

Kathy James, DNSc NP, Associate Professor of Nursing 


Session 1:  Functional Food Components: Source and Potential Benefits in Health and Disease

Session Chair: Garth L. Nicolson, PhD 

9:20-10:00 am

Lipid replacement therapy functional food formulation with NTFactor for reducing weight, girth, body mass and appetite

Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Professor (Keynote speaker), Department of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, Huntington Beach, CA, USA

10:00-10:30 am

Mesolimbic Hypodopaminergic Function a Potential Nutrigenomic Therapeutic Target For Drug and Food Craving and Relapse

Kenneth Blum, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida, College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA

10:30-10:40 am



10:40-11:05 am

Lycium barbarum, Fiber and Functional Food-containing Weight Management System: randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind human clinical study

Harunobu Amagase, PhD, FreeLife International, Phoenix, AZ, USA

11:05-11:30 am

Expression and Biochemical Characterization of Two New Feruloyl Esterases Derived from Metagenome

Matam Chandrasekharaiah, PhD, National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Adugodi, Bangalore, India

11:30-12:00 pm

The Roles of Essential Fatty Acids and Alpha-Tocopherol in the Delivery of Carotenoids in Humans.

Le Thuy Vuong, PhD, President, Fishrock Laboratory, CA, US

12:00-1:00 pm



1:00-1:30 pm Agave Fructans: State of the Art Mercedes G. López. PhD, Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Biochemistry, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Irapuato, Guanajuato, Mexico
1:30-2:00 Effects of chocolate consumption on stress and memory variables in a sample of university students Gulcin Sagdicoglu Celep, PhD, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Division of Food and Nutrition Technology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

2:00-2:30 pm

In Vitro Antibacterial Activities and Murine Studies of Novel Quercetin Derivatives

Abugafar M. L. Hossion, PhD, Department of Medical and Bioengineering Sciences, Okayama University, Kita-Ku, Okayama, Japan

2:30-2:40 pm Refreshments  

Session 2A: Functional Food Components and Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer and Obesity)

Session Chair: Pamela A. Maher, PhD

2:40 -3:10

Health Promotion by beta-Cryptoxanthin

Hoyoku Nishino, MD, PhD, Professor, Ritsumeikan University and Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine,  Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan 

3:10-3:30 pm

Hypoglycemic Efficacy of Guava Leaf Extract in Vivo

Henry J Tsai, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Nutrition, Asia University, Taichung, Taiwan

3:30-4:00 pm

Human Milk Sugar LNFPIII is Anti-inflammatory and Protects Against Type 1 Diabetes

Donald Harn, PhD, Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

4:00-4:30 pm

Fisetin Lowers Methylglyoxal Dependent Protein Glycation and Limits the Complications of Diabetes

Pamela A. Maher, PhD, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA, USA

4:20-4:30 pm







Wednesday, August 17, 2011



Session 2B: Functional Food Components and Chronic Diseases (Diabetes, Cancer and Obesity)

Session Chair: Alexander B. Niculescu, III, MD, PhD

9:00-9:30 am

Bacupari (Rheedia brasiliensis) Pericarp: Protective Agent Against DNA Damage and Antioxidant Activity in Mice

Luciano Bruno de Carvalho Silva, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Nutrition, Federal University of Alfenas, Alfenas, Brazil

9:30-10:00 am

Effect of a Peptide Fraction from Germinated Soy Protein on mRNA Expression of PTTG1 and TOP2A Genes

Rosalva Mora-Escobedo, PhD, Professor, Departamento de Graduados en Alimentos, Escuela Nacional de Ciencias Biológicas, IPN, México

10:00-10:30 am

Curcumin and EGCG Induce Apoptosis in B-cell non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Patients and their PBMCs of Egyptian Population

Ahmad Bassiouny, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

10:30-10:45 am



10:45-11:15 am

Vitamin D Deficiency in India

Puthepurakkal K.Sasidharan, Professor and Head, Department of Medicine, Calicut Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

11:15-11:50 Management of Post Menopausal Syndrome with Herbal Kehwa: a Pilot Study Munshi Younis, MD, Assistant Director, Regional Research Institute of Unani Medicine, University of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir, India

11:50-1:00 am







Session 3: Functional Food Components and other Diseases

Session Chair:  Jagat R Kanwar, PhD

1:00 -1:45 pm

Vitamin D3 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Improve the Immune System of  Patients with Alzheimer Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Milan Fiala, MD, Professor (Keynote speaker), Deapartment of Medicine, Greater Los Angeles VA Medical Center and UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California 

1:45-2:15 pm

Nanodelivery for Colon Cancer and Improved Detection via Microfluidics-Based Devices

Jagat R Kanwar, PhD, Laboratory of Immunology and Molecular Biology, Deakin University, Victoria, Australia

2:15-2:45 pm

Convergent Functional Genomic Studies of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Stress Reactivity, Bipolar Disorder and Alcoholism

Alexander B. Niculescu, III, MD, PhD,
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA

2:45-3:00 pm Refreshments

3:00-3:30 pm

Anti-Toxoplasma gondii Activity of Root Extracts/Fraction of Eurycoma longifolia Jack in vitro

Sreenivasan Sasidharan, PhD, Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

3:30-4:00 pm

A Formulation of Organic Olive Oils (FOOs) Shows Potent Antiatherogenic and Anti-inflammatory Effects in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

Vicente G. Villarrubia, MD, PhD, Department of Immunology, Bioaveda, Jaén, Spain

4:00-4:30 pm

Size Effect of Gold Nanoparticles on Various Trace Elements in Blood and Tissues of Rats.

Mohamed Anwar K Abdelhalim, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia

4:30 pm





Thursday, August 18, 2011



Session 4: Development of Functional Food Products

Session Chair: Danik M. Martirosyan

9:00-9:20 am


Maltodextrin enriched low-fat ice cream as Health Food

Vasant Pawar, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Marathwada Agricultural University, Parbhnai, India

9:20-9:40 am

Uptake and Translocation of Heavy Metals by Medicinal Plants

Oluwole Oluwoyo JO, PhD, Department of Biology, University of Limpopo, Medunsa, Pretoria, South Africa

9:40-10:00 am

Optimization of Microwave-assisted Extraction of Phenolics from Potato and its Downstream Waste using Orthogonal Array Design.

Tao Wu, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

10:00-10:20 am Modification of ferulic acid by laccase from Trametes pubescens. Oluyemisi E Adelakun,  Biocatalysis and Technical Biology Research group, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa
10:20-10:40 am Pomegranate Sprouts: a Natural Complex of Punicic (conjugated linolenic) Acid, Lipophilic and Hydrophilic Antioxidants with Hipolipidemic Potential Victor Rodov, PhD, Department of Postharvest Science of Fresh Produce, Institute of Postharvest and Food Sciences, Bet Dagan, Israel

10:40-10:50 am



10:50-12:15 pm

Session 5: Posters Presentation Session and Workshop


12:15-12:30 pm

Conference Closing


  1. Effects of chocolate consumption on stress and memory variables in a sample of university students. A.G. Sagd?coglu Celep
    1, I.P. Ulu2, A. Aga3. 1 Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Division of Food and Nutrition Technology, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey. 2 Middle East Technical University, Health and Counseling Center, Ankara, Turkey. 3Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey

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University of San Diego

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Conference Organizing Committee

Conference chairman: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder of Functional Food Center, Research Associate Clinical Professor at Texas Woman’s University; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX, USA

Co-chairman: Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor, from the Department of Molecular Pathology, President of Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA (A Nobel Prize nominee - Garth Nicolson is the world's leading authority on cellular medicine, author of more than 600 medical and scientific publications)

Co-chairman: Jing X. Kang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Laboratory for Lipid Medicine and Technology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts, USA

Scientific Commitee:

Milan Fiala, MD, Research Professor, Department of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Garth Nicolson, PHD, Professor, from the Department of Molecular Pathology, President of Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA

Jing X. Kang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Laboratory for Lipid Medicine and Technology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts, USA

Wen-Jun Shen, PhD, Senior Research Scientist, Department of Medicine, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Chandan Prasad, PhD, Professor and Chair Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences at Texas Woman's University, USA

Teruyoshi T. Yanagita, PhD, Professor, Vise-President and Director of International Affairs Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science, Saga University, Japan 

Undurti N. Das, MD, President of UND Life Sciences, Editor-in-Chief: Lipids in Health and Disease, USA

International Advisory Committee:

Daniela Maria Alves Chaud, MD, Professor,  Presbiteriana Mackenzie University, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ahmed F El Fouhil, MD, PhD, Professor, Director of Research Committee, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, Hepato-Gastroenterology Unit, S Giuseppe Hospital via S Vittore, Milano, Italy

Laszlo Halmy, MD, PhD, Professor, President of Hungarian Society for the Study of Obesity, Hangary

Rameshwar Sarma, PhD, Saint James School of Medicine, Kraladijk Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

Conference Local Committee:

Pamela Cappiello, Conference Coordinator, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA

Jose Diego Botezelli, Sao Paulo State University, Brazil

Miriam McLeod, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA