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Functional and Healthy Foods for Longevity:
Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers in Age-Related Diseases

28th International Conference of FFC - 16th International Symposium of ASFFBC

August 28-29, 2020, VIRTUAL/LIVE Online Event

Conference Program 

As of August 28th, 2020 we have 3980 registered attendees at this conference:

August 28, 2020


  • 8:15-8:45 – Registration

  • 8:45-9:00  Welcome and opening remarks (Danik Martirosyan, President, FFC, USA)

Keynote Session 1: 

  • 9:00-9:30 -Keynote Speaker: William W. Li, MD, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, MA, USA. Food as Medicine in the COVID-19 Era: Nutritional Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Long-Term Recover

Scientific Session 2: Nutritional support for fighting COVID-19

          Session Chairs: Dr. Amaia Iriondo-DeHond and Dr. Raquel Abalo

  • 9:30-9:55 – Maria Dolores del Castillo, PhD, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (CIAL) (CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain. "Food bioactive compounds from natural sources with potential against viral proteins of SARS-CoV-2"

  • 9:55-10:20 –Raquel Abalo, PhD, Departamento de Ciencias Básicas de la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC), Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain. “Food for the gut in COVID-19 times”.

  • 10:20-10:55 –Olimpio Montero, PhD, CSIC, Calle Francisco Vallés, Valladolid, Spain.Cholesterol in positive ssRNA virus entry into host cell: diet and statins”.

  • 10:55-11:20 – Amaia Iriondo-DeHond, PhD, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (CIAL) (CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain. "Micronutrients responsible for the normal function of the immune system: Nutritional support for fighting COVID-19"

  • 11:20-11:40 – Coffee Break

Scientific Session 3: Enhancing the Elderly’s Immune System to Fight chronic and Viral Diseases 

           Session Chair(s): Dr. Debasis Bagchi and Dr. Martirosyan

  • 11:40-12:00 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA, and R&D, VNI Inc., Lederach, PA, USA.  VMP35 Multi-Nutrient Complex Induces a Spectrum of Homeostatic Bio-Indicators: Optimizing Hemoglobinization, Aerobic Metabolism, Viral Immuno-Competence, and Inflammatory Sequelae  

  • 12:00-12:20 – Pooja Polamarasetti, MD Student, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA. Dietary Deficiencies Exacerbate Disparity in COVID-19 Infection and Nutrition Recommendations for Vulnerable Populations

  • 12:20-12:40 – Steven Clarke, Certified Molecular Hydrogen Advisor, Nutritionist, Scientist, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antifungal, and Antimicrobial Specialist, Rio Vista California, USA. How H2, Humates, Specific Foods, Herbs, Spices and Essential Oils Strengthen Immune System and Fight Viruses (including Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

  • 12:40-13:25 –Lunch

Scientific Session 4: Diet, Nutrition and Functional Foods for Older Adults

           Session cHair(s): Dr. Shawn M. Talbott and DrUma Naidu

  • 13:25-13:50 – Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA. Membrane Lipid Replacement with plant glycerolphospholipids improves fatigue, pain and other symptoms while improving Quality of Life in aged patients

  • 13:50-14:15 – Uma Naidu, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Healthy food and diet, and their effects on mental health, aging and longevity


Scientific Session 5: Prebiotics, Probiotics, Microbiota and Healthy Aging

Session cHair(s): Dr. Shawn M. Talbott and Dr. Uma Naidu

  • 14:15-14:35 –Subrota Hati, PhD, Professor, Department of Dairy Microbiology, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat, India. Milk Bioactive peptides: Science to Application

  • 14:35-14:55 – Syed Shahzad Shah, PhD, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Proteomic analysis of Lactobacillus paracasei cultured under starvation growth conditions

  • 14:55-15:15 – Coffee Break

Exhibition Session: 

15:15-15:40 – Shawn M. Talbott, PhD, Amare Global, Irvine, CA, USA. Dual Role of Gut-Brain-Axis Modulation in Obesity and Depression

15:40-16:00 – Simon Itsygin, PhD, Czar Salt, San Diego CA, USA. A New Healthy Food Products at Czar Salt Inc. for Healthy Aging

Poster Session 

  • 16:00-16:30 Poster Presentations (Each poster presentation will take up to 8 minutes)
  • Dr. Milica Zrnic Ciric (Serbia). May Dietary Supplementation Which Contains Octacosanol Influence the Level of PCSK9 and Restore Natural Relation with LDL-C in Patients on Chronic Statin Therapy?

  • Dr. María Eugenia Oliva (Argentina). Effects of Salvia hispanica L. (Chia) Seed on Lipid Metabolism of Key Tissues Involved in the Development of Insulin Resistance: A Comparative in an Experiment Model of Metabolic Syndrome
  • Dr. N.G.D. Anuradha (Sri Lanka). Review the immunological functions of the ingredients of ‘‘Fadna Immunni Tea”

  • 16:30  Conference closing


August 29, 2020

Session 6: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for Disease Management and Healthy Aging

           Session Chair(s):  Sheila Wicks, MD, and Vishwajit S. Chowdhury

  • 8:45-915 - Keynote Speaker: Alexander Haslberger, PhD, professor, University Vienna, Department of Nutritional Research, Vienna, Austria. Fasting and individualised bioactive food ingredients improve GI microbiota and epigenetic regulation of healthy aging

  • 9:15-9:40 – Vishwajit S. Chowdhury, PhD, Division for Experimental Natural Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, Graduate School of Bioresource and Bioenvironmental Science, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan. Central Sucralose Induces Hypothermia via Monoaminergic Pathways

  • 9:40-10:00 – Elizabeth Plourde, PhD, Reseacher/Educator, 21st Century Health Consulting, Irvine CA, USA. Foods that Offer Protection from Radiation - Whether 5G Electromagnetic or Solar 

Scientific Session 7: Functional Ingrediends/bioactive compounds and Healthy Aging

Session Chair(s): Grazia Tamma, PhD and Vishwajit S. Chowdhury, PhD

  • 10:00:10:20 – Grazia Tamma, PhD, Department of Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biopharmaceutics, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy. Olive Leaf Extract (OLE) prevented the trafficking of the vasopressin regulated aquaporin-2 through the activation of the calcium-sensing receptor

  • 10:20 -10:40 – John Burd, PhD, Founder & CEO, Lysulin, Inc. Ways to Increase Diabetes Health Span and Life Expectancy: Lysulin, Double Blind, Placebo Controlled Studies

  • 10:40-11:00 P.G.I. Dias, MPhil. and Namal Perera, PhD, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Belihuloya, Sri Lanka, Garcenia carmbogia and Camellia sinensis; a promising synergy for weight loss herbal tea formulations.  

  • 11:00-11:20 – Coffee Break

Scientific Session 8: Biomarkers and Bioactive Compounds and Chronic Diseases Management: Anti-Aging Strategies

Session Chair(s):  Amrendra K. Ajay

  • 11:20-11:45 – Sheila Wicks, MD,  Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Prevention of Sarcopenia: A Longevity Pearl

  • 11:45-12:10 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. A Uniquely Engineered and Prodosomed-Electrolyte and Phytoceutical Formulation That Boost Metabolic Performance in Well-Trained Athletes

  • 12:10-12:35 - Amrendra K. Ajay, PhD, Department of Medicine, Renal Division, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Dysregulated fatty acid uptake in tubular epithelial cells cause chronic kidney disease

Exhibition Session:

  • 12:35-12:55 - Drs. Marcus & Elizabeth Plourde, Best EMF, Irvine CA USA. Best EMF Products offers unique devices that mitigate the EMF radiations emitted by cell phones and wireless electronics

  • 12:55-13:15 – Sandeep Agarwal, President, Pure Indian Foods, NJ, USA. Heart-Healthy Ghee is not an Oxymoron

  • Lunch 13:15-14:10

Scientific Session 9: Functional Foods: Definition, Regulations in Japan and USA

Session Chair(s): Dr. Danik Martirosyan and Dr. Debasis Bagchi

  • 14:10-14:35Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA. The emerging potential of functional foods in viral disease prevention

  • 14:35-14:55 Jack Liufu, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Intern at Fucntional Food Center Inc., FFC's Proposal on a Functional Food Science Process: Calling for Official Functional Food Production

  • 14:55-15:15 Rie Sadohara, PhD Student, Michigan State University, Michigan, USA and FFC, Dallas, TX, USA. FOSHU approval system

  • 15:15-15:35 -Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA, and R&D, VNI Inc., Lederach, PA, USA.  An Overview on the Regulations of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods in the United States with a Focus on GRAS Status

Poster Session 

  • 15:35 -16:15 – Poster Presentation (Each poster presentation will take up to 8 minutes)

  • Dr. Ksenia Varakina (USA). Goat Milk-Based Infant Formula: A Potential Infant Colic Relief
  • Dr. Lauretta Nwanneka Ofodile (Lagos). Production and Nutritional Composition of Juice Powder from Oyster Mushroom Pleurotus ostreatus
  • Dr.Mariangela Conte (Italy). Probiotic Lactobacillus paracasei Prevent Gliadin Induced Activation of mTOR Pathway and NFK-β in Caco-2 Cells
  • Dr.Gloria Otunola (Zambia). Assessment of extracts from the flowering stage of Celosia argentea for possible cytotoxicity and anti-inflammatory potential
  • Dr.Thilini Kananke (Sri Lanka). Evaluation of effect of Fadna Easy Tea (FET) consumption on relieving menstrual pain and discomfort in female adolescents using human model

  • 16:15-16:30 – Conference Closing