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12th International Conference of FFC

Functional Food Ingredients and Nutraceuticals in Chronic Disease:
Science and Practice


November 29-December 1, 2012, SMU, Dallas, TX, USA


Together with the Department of Biology, SMU, we are very pleased to announce the International Conference "Functional Food Ingredients and Nutraceuticals in Chronic Disease: Science and Practice". It will be held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX (USA).

Southern Methodist University

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

Main Conference Topics:

1. Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and  Potential Benefits in Public Health
2. Functional Food Ingredients and Chronic Diseases
3. Role of Functional Food Ingredients in Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics
4. Functional and Medical Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases: Obesity, Diabetes, CVD, Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
5. Research and Development of Functional and Medical Food Products

For detailed information about conference topics, please click here.

  Standard Rate
Full Time Students* and PhD Students* $295.00
Registered Dietitians* and Nurses* $345.00
Representatives of Governmental Organizations (NIH, FDA, USDA) $395.00
Members of Academia $595.00
Members of Industry (Food and Medical Industry) $595.00
Exhibitors/Vendors $1195.00

*Letter of verification required by E-mail 

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

Lodging Information:  Rooms are reserved with the Radisson Hotel Central/ Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities  Dallas, which will soon be called the "Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities". The hotel is within walking distance to Mockingbird Station, “where the in-crowd flocks”; an entertainment complex featuring restaurants, retail, a movie theater, nightlife and more. Also, this hotel is within walking distance to SMU (Southern Methodist University), or guests may simply walk one block to the nearest DART rail station. Indulge in world-class shopping at North Park Mall, or visit the Dallas Art Complex for your taste of inspiration.

Conference attendees will be eligible to receive a special rate of US $109 + tax, per night (breakfast included).  This rate is available now through November 14th, 2012. To make a reservation, please call (800)-333-3333 or 214-750-6060, and mention the "Functional Foods Conference" in order to get the special rate of $109.00 per night. Or if you prefer, you may reserve your hotel room online at http://www.holidayinn.com, using the promotional code: FFS.  

Hotel Location: 6060 N. Central Expressway, Dallas Texas 75206, USA. Phone: 214-750-6060, Fax: 214-750-5959


Organized by: Functional Food Center and Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

Chairman and Conference Organizer: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX, USA, Founder of Functional Food CenterDallas, TX, USA

Co-chairman: Steven B. Vik, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

Co-chairman: Chandra Mohan, MD, Professor, Walter M. and Helen D. Bader Professorship in Arthritis and Autoimmine Desease Research, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX, USA

Co-chairman: Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Professor, Saunders Family Chair in Neurology, Director, Center of Excellence for Novel Approaches to Neurotherapeutics Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Department of Neurology and Friedman Brain Institute, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Co-chairman: Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor, 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)

Conference Moderator: Bruce Burnett, PhD, Primus Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Place:  Southern Methodist University (SMU), Dallas, TX, USA

Time:  November 29th – December 1st, 2012

Conference program

Thursday, November 29, 2012

8:00-9:00 am - Conference Registration


9:00 -9:10 am - Conference Opening

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Conference Chairman, Founder of Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA

9:10-9-20 am - Welcome to SMU:
James E. Quick, Associate Vice President for Research, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Professor of Earth Sciences

Session 1:

Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health

Session Chair:

9:20-10:00 am - Spices as functional foods: their role in inflammation associated chronic Diseases.  Keynote Speaker: Bharat Aggarwal, PhD, Professor, Director, Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

10:00 -10:30 am - Perspectives on flavonoids in chronic disease preventionDouglas Wilson, PhD, School of Medicine Pharmacy and Health, Durham University, Queen’s Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, UK

10:30-10:50 am - Refreshments

10:50-11:25 am - Chemoprevention Adopting A Combined Extract of 5 Natural Products Rich in PPAR Ligands for High Risk Chronic HBV Carriers. Ih-Jen Su, MD, PhD, Professor, Director of National Instute of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan Town, Taiwan

11:25-11:50 am - “Un Pueblo Tan Dulce”: Understanding the relationship between diabetes, depression, and obesity in Puerto Rico. Shir Lerman, PhD, Student, University of Connecticut, Department of Anthropology, Storrs, Connecticut, USA      

 11:50 -1:00 pm – Lunch

Session 2:

Functional Food Ingredients and Chronic Diseases

Session Chair:

 1:00-1:40 pm - The use of medical foods in treatment regimens for chronic conditions and diseases. Keynote Speaker: Bruce Burnett, PhD, Primus Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

 1:40-2:15 pm – Nutrition science in the OMICs era. Chandra Mohan, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX, USA 

2:15-2:40 pm -Modeling Type II Diabetes in drosophila melanogaster. Sarah Morris and Johannes H. Bauer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, SMU, Dallas, TX, USA

 2:40-3:00 pm - Refreshments

3:00-3:25 pm - Evaluation of antiproliferative effect and cell cycle arrest on HT29 cells of different plant-derived natural extracts- Correlation of response with composition. Ana Teresa Serra, PhD, Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Avenida da República, Quinta-do-Marquês, Estação Agronómica Nacional, Oeiras, Portugal

3:25-4:00 pm - The effects of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids in the prevention of coronary heart disease. Sabrina Hamri-Zeghichi, PhD, Department of Food Sciences, Faculty of Biology, University of Bejaia. Targa Ouzemour, Béjaia, Algeria

4:00-4:25 pm – Green Tea Epigallocatechin-3-gallate treatment ameliorates collagen induced arthritis and lrads to inductionnof IDO producing immunosuppressive M2 macrophages via the Nrf2 antioxidant pathway. Soyoun Min, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

4:25-4:30 pm - Closing

Friday, November 30, 2012

Session 3:

 Role of Functional Food Ingredients in Nutrigenomics and Metabolomics

Session Chair:

 9:00-9:35 am - Function of fibers involving the glucose absorption in the small intestine. Toru Takahashi, PhD, Associate professor, Graduate School of Human Environment Science, Fukuoka Women's University, Fukuoka, Japan

9:35-10:05 am - Tumor-suppressive activity of geranylgeraniol in vitro. Huanbiao Mo, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX, USA

10:05-10:35 am - Dietary restriction, redox state and aging. Svetlana N. Radyuk, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA

10:35-10:55 am - Refreshments

10:55-11:20 am - Role of an aqueous garlic extract to mitigate hypercholesterolemia and hyperglycemia using rabbit experimental modeling. Hafiz Ansar Rasul Suleria, PhD, Functional and Nutraceutical Research Section, National Institute of Food Science and TechnologyUniversity of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Session 4: 

Functional and Medical Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases

Session Chair:

11:20-12:00 noon - Brain bioactive polyphenols as disease-modfying agents in Alzheimer's Disease. Keynote Speaker:  Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Professor, Saunders Family Chair in Neurology, Director, Center of Excellence for Novel Approaches to, Department of Neurology and Friedman Brain Institute, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

12:00-1:15 pm – Lunch

1:15-1:45 pm - Cardio-protective factors in kiwifruits.  Asim Duttaroy, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway

1:45 pm-2:15 pm - Resveratrol targets mitochondria for cancer prevention and therapy. Dhyan Chandra, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA

2:15-2:35 pm - Refreshments

2:35-3:05 pm - Amelioration of nephritis by Curcumin in two mouse modelsTianfu Wu, PhD, Department of Internal medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, USA

3:05-3:35 pm Can a functional food treat hyperphosphatemia in Chronic Kidney Disease? J. Ruth Wu-Wong, PhD, Vidasym, Chicago, IL, USA

3:35-4:05 pm - Maternal bitter melon supplementation reversed tissue inflammatory responses induced by two-generation fructose exposure. Edmund T. S. Li, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Kadoorie Building, Faculty of Science, University of Hong Kong, China

4:05 - 4:25 pm - Modulating the vascular behavior of metastatic breast cancer cells byCurcumin treatment. Anna Lisa Palange, PhD, Student, Department of Translational Imaging and Department of Nanomedicine, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute, Houston, TX, USA; Department of Experimental and Clinical Medicine, University of Magna Graecia, Catanzaro, Italy

4:25-4:30 pm - Closing

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Session 5:

Research and Development of Functional and Medical Food Products

Session Chair:

9:00-9:25 am - Lipid based delivery system for bioactives in functional foods. Kristberg Kristbergsson, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland

9:25-9:50 am - Comparing different preparations and doses of Rose hip powder in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee: an exploratory randomized active-controlled trial. Robin Christensen, PhD,The Parker Institute, Department of Rheumatology,  Copenhagen University Hospital at Frederiksberg, Copenhagen F, Denmark

 9:50-10:15 am - Hidrox, apropietary formulation of olive polyphenols, with broad range anti-inflammatory efficacy and the development of consumer products for health and wellness. Roberto Crea, PhD, President and CEO, Creagri Inc., Hayward CA, USA

10:15-10:30 am - Refreshments

10:30-10:55 am - Betaine supplementation accelerates liver regeneration after partial hepatectomy via regulation of transsulfuration reactions. Young Chul Kim, PhD, Professor, College of Pharmacy, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

10:55-11:20 am Mapping the inhibition site of theaflavins on Respiratory Complex I. Steven B Vik, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, US

 11:20 -11:30 pm - Refreshments

Session 6: Poster Presentations 

11:30-12:45 pm - Poster Presentations

12:45-1:00 pm - Conference Closing


Conference Topics

1. Functional Food Ingredients (FFI): Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health

  • Food, Nutrition, and Chronic Disease
  • FFI - Nutritional Perspective
  • FFI - Evolutionary Perspective
  • FFI in Health and Disease

2. Functional Food Ingredients and Chronic Diseases

  • FFI and Chronic Autoimmunity
  • FFI and Obesity
  • FFI and Diabetes
  • FFI and Cardiovascular Disorders
  • FFI and Cancer
  • FFI and other Chronic Diseases

3. Role of Functional Food Ingredients in Nutrigenomics and Metabolomics

4. Functional Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases: Autoimmune Disease, Obesity, Diabetes, CVD, Cancer and CVD, Cancer, and other Chronic Diseases

  • The epidemiology and health economics of chronic diseases
  • The modern mechanisms and contributing factors to chronic diseases
  • Modern diets for chronic diseases: prevention and control
  • Functional Foods for the prevention and management of chronic diseases     

5. Research and Development of Functional Food Products

  • Formulating new functional food products with bioactive compounds for health maintenance
  • New functional food products for the prevention of chronic diseases
  • Formulating new functional and medical food products with bioactive compounds for the management of chronic diseases (experimental and clinical studies)

Conference Organizing Committee

Co-chairman: Steven B. Vik, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

Co-chairman: Chandra Mohan, MD, Professor, Walter M. and Helen D. Bader Professorship in Arthritis and Autoimmine Desease Research, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX, USA

Co-chairman: Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Professor, Saunders Family Chair in Neurology, Director, Center of Excellence for Novel Approaches to Neurotherapeutics Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Professor of Geriatrics and Adult Development, Department of Neurology and Friedman Brain Institute, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

Co-chairman: Garth Nicolson, PhD, Professor, 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)

Chairman and Conference Organizer: Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, Founder of Functional Food Center,  Dallas, TX, USA

Scientific Committee:

David Heber, MD, Professor, Director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the UCLA, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, the founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Jacob Joseph, MD, VA Boston Healthcare System, West Roxbury, MA, USA; Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA 

William Orr, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA

Robert W. Li, PhD, Professor,  Research Molecular Biologist/Lead Scientist, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Belstville, USA

Uma Babu, PhD, US Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Srvices, Laurel, MD, USA

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

Chandra Mohan, MD, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX, USA

Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurology, the Mount Sinai School of medicine, New York, NY, USA 

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

Anil Agarwal, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, TX, USA

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

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

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

Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, Professor, Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA

Expert Industry Advisers:

Roberto Crea, PhD, President and CEO, Creagri Inc. Hayward CA, USA

Bruce P. Burnett, PhD, Director, Departments of Scientific and Clinical Affairs, Primus Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Harunobu Amagase, PhD, Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer of Free Life International Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA

International Advisory Committee:

Emma Guns, PhD, Vancouver Prostate Center, Department of Urologic Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada

Anat Elman, PhD, Department of Food Quality and Safety, The Volcani Center; Agricultural Research Organization, Israel

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

Nora Khaldi, PhD, School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

Munshi Younis, MD, Assistant Director,  University of Kashmir, Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir, India 

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

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

Mark Blumenthal, Founder and Executive Director, and Editor, HerbalGram and HerbClip, American Botanical Council, Austin, USA

Pathirage Kamal Perera, PhD, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, China Pharmaceutical University, China,  and Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 

Min Zhang, MD, PhD, The University of Western Australia, Perth, WA, Australia

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

Issarang Nuchprayoon, MD, PhD, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Mehdi Shakibaei, PhD, Professor, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Munich, Germany