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Can Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds Reduce the Risk of Chronic and Viral Diseases?

29th International Conference of FFC - 17th International
Symposium of ASFFBC

April 29-30, 2021, VIRTUAL/LIVE Online Event




Date/Time Title Presenter Affiliation            Image

 to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

Dietary changes and anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic: a multinational survey. Oral Presentation

Mona Boaz, PhD, Professor

Department of Nutrition Sciences, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

Microcapsules formulations for functional food production

Marko Vincekovic, PhD

University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Chemistry, Zagreb, Croatia

to be defined  (30 minutes presentation)

COVID19 and acute and chronic kidney injury and functional food

Amrendra Ajay, Ph.D

Department of Medicine, Renal Division, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

The activity of epigenetically active plant ingredients in infections with RNA viruses, looking at Covid 19?

Alexander Haslberger, Ph.D., Professor

University Vienna, Department of Nutritional Research, Vienna, Austria

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

Priming Dynamic Immune System Function with Functional Foods Improves Quality of Life Parameters

Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., Chief Science Officer

Amare Global, Irvine, CA, USA

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

FOSHU Food Products labeled "Suitable for people with high blood pressure"- Can they reduce the risk of hypertension?

Tamami Shirai, Ph.D.

University of California San Diego, Radiology, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

to be defined   (20 minutes presentation)

United States Regulations on Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods 

Debasis Bagchi,  Ph.D., Professor

Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

Antimicrobial activity of juniper berry essential oil

Uwe Albrecht , MD

Mediconomics GmbH, Hannover, Germany

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

Vitamin D for Multiple Sclerosis and for Covid- 19 Intervention

Sheila Michelle Wicks, MD

Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, USA

to be defined  (25 minutes presentation)

Transparency, Traceability and Trust in Food Safety Systems - How has the pandemic impacted the food industry and regulators and what does the future hold?

Tom Sidebottom

30+ years Experience in FDA and supporting regulatory laws and policies for manufacturing and distribution of food

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

Potency of flavonoids in the immunomodulation of inflammatory bowel disease

Scarlet Louis-Jean, MD, MBA

American University of Antigua College of Medicine, St. John’s, Antigua

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

Beneficial effect of a fermented functional food on telomere dynamics in middle-age individuals

Francesco Marotta, PhD, MD, Professor

ReGenera R&D International for Aging Intervention, Milano, Italy

to be defined

Choosing Suitable Food Vehicles for Functional Food Products

Gloria Otunola, Ph.D.

Medicinal Plants and Economic Development Research Center, Department of Botany, University of Fort Hare, Alice, South Africa

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

 Verifying Alleged Product Specifications in Nutraceuticals and Dietary Supplement Products: An Overview

Bernard Downs, CEO and Founder

Research and Development Division, VNI Inc, Lederach, PA, USA

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

Influenza Prevention Through Nutrient-Driven Gene-Regulation

Fredric Abramson, Ph.D. CEO and Founder

Golden Thread Technology, Inc. Washington DC-Baltimore, USA

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

Investigating the antioxidant activity of metal-chelating peptides in soy hydrolysates on a cell-based ferroptosis model

Sarah EL HAJJ, PhD Student

Université de Lorraine, CNRS,  Nancy, France

to be defined (15  minutes presentation)

Effect of a phytomarine with bioactive herbal compound able to increase stem cell and vitality genes activity in in vitro and a Pilot clinical study

Surajit Pathak, PhD

Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Chennai, India

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

Adherence to the mediterranean diet: differences among age groups in a Spanish population sample just before COVID-19 lockdown

Ana Bagües Arias, PhD

Department of Basic Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain

to be defined (20 minutes presentation)

The Potential Health Effects of Phytocompounds from Seaweeds Fucus vesiculosus and Undaria pinnatifida on Chronic Diseases: A Review of their Mechanisms of Actions

‘Afa K. Palu, PhD

NewAge, American Fork, UT, USA

to be defined

The beneficial effects of chocolate and spirulina on COVID-19 and viral diseases. The beneficial effects of chocolate and spirulina on COVID-19 and viral diseases

Carmen Alicia Yáñez González, MSc

The University of Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Cataluña, Spain

to be defined

Recent developments of plant proteins’ functionality

Maryam Salami, PhD

Department of Food Science and Technology, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources, University of Tehran, Karaj Campus, Karaj, Iran

to be defined

Citrus pectin and modified pectin: Impact on colorectal cancer in an in vivo model of rats treated with azoxymethane/dextran sodium sulphate

Alvaro Ferreira-Lazarte, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Bioactivity and Food Analysis Institute of Food Science Research CIAL, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain

to be defined

Effect of Preoperative Feeding with Germinated Brown Rice Supplement on Clinical outcome of Orthopaedic and Gastrointestinal Surgery Patients

Pooja Thacker, PhD Student

Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Bhatia Hospital., Mumbai, India



to be defined ( 20 minutes presentation)

Multicomponent Nutrient Bar Promotes Weight Loss and Improves Dyslipidemia and Insulin Resistance

Rebecca McKinnon, Clinical Specialist

Advanced Micronutrition,  Windermere, FL, USA

to be defined


Development of red-rice-based functional food to improve brain health impairment related to aging and chronic environmental stressors

Le Anh Minh Nguyen, PhD Student

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's,  Canada


to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Evidence-based design of food formulation with immune modulating and antiviral properties

Vivian Wei-Ting Chang, PhD, Director

Lytone Enterprise, INC.;  New Taipei City, Taiwan

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Experimental and morphological justification lymphotropic
phytotechnology of functional food when aging

Vladimir Gorchakov, MD

Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk, Russia

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Evaluation of in vitro antioxidant and antidiabetic potential of extracts from Phaseolus vulgaris L. seeds (Black turtle beans) 

Balkisu Oyeronke  Abdulrahman, MSc, PhD Student

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Federal University,  Dutsin-Ma Katsina Nigeria

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Phytochemical and Pharmacological Properties of an Algerian Medicinal Plant Extract’s (Rhamnus alaternus)

Amine Nekkaa, PhD Student

National Polytechnic Institute,  Constantine Algeria

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Cacao protein and blood pressure

Luis Coronado Caceres, PhD

Centro de Investigación y Asistencia en Tecnología y Diseño del Estado de Jalisco 
Zapopan, Mexico

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Nigella Sativa, the miracle herb: Potential Health benefits on its functional properties

Supuni Purnima Gamage, MSc.

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Sesame Seeds Consumption and its Effects on Lipid Profile of Hyperlipidemic Individuals

Noor-e-Huma, Research Assistant; MSc

Food Science and Human Nutrition Department, Kinnaird College for Women,
Lahore, Pakistan

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Anti-viral properties of Morinda citrifolia (noni) fruit juice

Brett J. West, Senior Research Director

Research and Development, NewAge, Inc., American Fork, UT, USA

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Antimicrobial activity of essential oil of Citrus Lemon

Hayet Edziri, PhD, Assistant Professor

Faculté de pharmacie Monastir, Monastir, Tunisia

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Albumin from Erythrina edulis “pajuro” as a novel source of multifunctional peptides

Cleni Palma, 

Pharmaceutical chemist

National University of San Marcos, School of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Lima, Peru

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Hepatocarcinoma-associated pathways modulated by soybean peptide lunasin

Samuel Fernandez-Tome, PhD, Junior Researcher

Hospital Universitario de La Princesa, Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria Princesa (IIS-IP), Madrid, Spain

to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Effect of process conditions on physical-chemica and molecular characteristics of cocoa (Theobroma cacao L.)

Karla Maria Guillen Guerrero

Escuela de Ingenieria y Ciecias. Campus Queretaro, Mexico

to be defined (20 minute presentation)

Coroless, herb tea for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of the Covid-19

Nie Leng, PhD, Professor

Suzhou Primreg Gene Company, China

to be defined

Topic Pending

Pamela Iheozor-Ejiofor, PhD, Research Assistant

University of Lincoln, National Centre for Food Manufacture (NCFM), Lincoln, United Kingdom

to be defined to be defined (10 minutes presentation)


Functional Food Products including Green Tea Extract and Garcinia cambogia in South Korea

Euni Lee, PhD, Professor

Seoul National University; College of Pharmacy and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Korea

to be defined  (20 minutes presentation)

Japan’s health food industry: An analysis of the efficacy of the FOSHU (from the point of FFC and Functional Food Science)


Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President

Functional Food Center Inc., Dallas, TX, USA

to be defined to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

The Efficacy of Probiotics on Coronaviruses

Sabrina Flores

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana

to be defined to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

FOSHU products for diabetes management. Fibersol-2 Product Review

Stella Chen, Student

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, USA

to be defined to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

Can Some Micronutrients Stimulate the Immune System in the Prevention of COVID-19?

Sofia Migues, Student

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, Massachusetts

to be defined to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

An Approach to Find an Antiviral Functional Tea

Amanda Conte, Student

University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, USA

to be defined to be defined (10 minutes presentation)

How the Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis could play a key role in the onset, management of Parkinson’s disease

Hunter Kanya

University of Colorado Denver, Denver, USA