Functional Food Center


25th International Conference of FFC - 13th International Symposium of ASFFBC

Encounters of Functional Foods and Asian Traditional Medicines

October 27 – 28, 2018, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka-Ibaraki Campus, Osaka, Japan

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Conference Preliminary Program


October 27, 2018

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-8:50 Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA. Opening Remark

8:50-9:00 Kazuo Kojima, PhD, Dean, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Osaka, Japan. Welcoming remark

Session 1Special Lectures

9:00-9:30 Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA. FFC's Advancement of Functional Food Definition: Evaluating Scientific Evidence

9:30-10:00 Hiroshi Maeda, PhD, Keynote Speaker, Nobel Prize Nominee for 2016, Professor Emeritus Kumamoto University (Med); Senior Invited Professor of Osaka University Medical School Director, and Director at BioDynamics Research Foundation, Kumamoto, Japan. Vigorous extracts of Meshimakobu mushroom (Phellinus linteus) and Kumaizasa bamboo (Sasa senanensis) leaf suppress cancer growth and carcinogenesis by oral administration 

10:00-10:30 Yasuhito Shirai, PhD, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry in Bioscience, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Kobe
University, Kobe, Japan. Methylated epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) as functional food for diabetic nephropathy

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

Session 2: Japanese Traditional Medicine (Kampo Medicine). Session Chair: Dr. Mikio Nishizawa

10:45-11:15 Mikio Nishizawa, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan. Anti-inflammatory effects of Japanese Kampo drugs and functional foods

11:15-11:45 Yukinobu Ikeya, PhD, Professor, Daiichi University of Pharmacy, Fukuoka, Japan. Medicinal effects of food and crude drugs in relation to taste

11:45-12:15 Hojun Kim, PhD, OMD, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Korean Medicine, Dongguk University, Goyang, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea. Flos Lonicera combined with metformin ameliorates hepatosteatosis and glucose intolerance in association with gut microbiota modulation

12:15-13:15 Lunch

Session 3: Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health

13:15-13:45 Almagul Kushugulova, MD, Head of Human Microbiome and Longevity Laboratory, National Laboratory Astana, Nazarbayev University, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan. Saumal, mare's milk as a perspective functional food product

13:45-14:15 Hajime Fujii, PhD, President, Amino Up Chemical Co., Ltd., Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Challenge empowering life with the power of nature

14:15-14:45 Nashi Widodo, PhD, Professor, Biology Department, Brawijaya University; Jl veteran, Malang, Indonesia. Introduction to Indonesia Traditional medicine of JAMU: from nature to the clinic

14:45-15:00 Coffee Break

Session 4: Traditional Medicines in China, Taiwan, South Korea, and Indonesia. Session Chairs: Dr. Mikio Nishizawa and Dr. Djati

15:00-15:30 I-Shu Lee, Antrodia cinnamomea Association of Taiwan Treasure, Taipei city, Taiwan. Medicinal Mushroom Taiwanofungus camphoratus: A potential cure for cancer

15:30-16:00 Shan Huang, MD, Director of VCC Preventive Medical Promotion Foundation, Director of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine societies, Diabetes Branch, Beijing, China. Integrated Medical Treatment of Psoriasis

16:00-16:30 Dinia Rizqi Dwijayanti and Mikio Nishizawa, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Japan. The anti-inflammatory effects of Indonesian and Japanese bitter melon (Momordica charantia L.) extracts in interleukin-1β-treated hepatocytes

16:30-17:15 Poster Session (Session 5)

17:30-19:30 Evening Networking Reception: On the evening of October 27, 2018, we will be holding an enjoyable networking opportunity with us from 17:30-19:30 including live music. All attendees and speakers are welcome to come. This event will also be providing refreshments and appetizers, including beer, wine, champagne, Italian cheeses, salads, and more. Space is limited, and advance online registration is required. Please let us know if you are interested (ffc@functionalfoodcenter.com) 

October 28, 2018

Session 6: Traditional Medicines and Functional Foods

8:30-9:00 Juliana Janet M. Puzon, PhD, Institute of Biology, College of Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines. Inflorescence, leaves and fruit peels of banana varieties as sources of bioactive secondary metabolites with antioxidant and antimicrobial activities

9:00-9:30 Ryou Sakamoto and Tominori Kimura, MD, PhD, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan. Active Hexose Correlated Compound modulates the expression of endogenous EphA2 antisense RNA and suppresses the human breast carcinoma cell proliferation

9:30-10:00 Xiaoxiong Zeng, PhD, Professor, College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, Jiangsu, China. Simulated digestion and in vitro fermentation by human gut microbiota of polysaccharides from the fruits of Lycium barbarum

10:00-10:30 Yosuke Hirayama, PhD, Amino Up Co., Ltd., Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Effect of Welsh onion (Allium fistulosum L.) green leaf extract on immune response in healthy subjects: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study

10:30-10:45 Coffee Break

Session 7: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases

10:30-11:00 Shaoyu Wang, PhD, School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University, Orange, Australia.  What can yeast tell us about aging modulation by bioactive substances in functional food?

11:00-11:30 Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, ReGenera R&D International for Aging Intervention, Milano, Italy. Mitochondrial and redox dysfunction in post-menopause as risk factor of neurodegenerative disease: testing the role of a validated Asian functional food.

11:30-12:00 Richi Nakatake, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Kansai Medical University, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan. Glutathione inhibits the expression of proinflammatory biomarker inducible nitric oxide synthase in hepatocytes

12:00-12:30 Kenji Sato, PhD, Professor, Graduate School of Agriculture, Faculty of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. Presence of asparatic isopeptides in formulated liver protein hydrolysate-Structure and bioavaialbility

Lunch: 12:30-13:15

Session 9: Nutrition, Inflammation and Chronic Diseases . Session Chairs: Dr. Yoshinori Mine and Dr. Jun Nishihira

13:15-13:45 Jun Nishihira, PhD, Professor, Department of Medical Management and Informatics, Hokkaido Information University, Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan . Epigallocatechin-rich green tea “Yabukita” increases serum adiponectin level: Investigation of its mechanism of action by exome analysis

13:45-14:15 Lujuan Xing, PhD Student, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada and Key Laboratory of Meat Processing and Quality Control, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China. γ-glutamylvaline (EV) can prevent the low-grade chronic inflammation via the activation of CaSR pathway using a mouse 3T3-L1 cell model 

14:15-14:45 Shigeru Katayama, PhD, Faculty of Agriculture, Shinshu University, Nagano, Japan. Modulation of neuroprotective factors by bioactive food components and its mechanistic exploration 

14:45-15:15 Yoshinori Mine, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Extracellular Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaSR) as a new molecular target improving gastrointestinal chronic inflammation

15:15-15:30 Coffee Break 

Session 10: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

15:30-16:00 Akira Uchiyama, PhD, Director of Wellness Research Laboratories, Research & Development Headquarters, Lion Corporation, Tokyo, Japan. Development of “Foods with function claims” in Japan: Effect of lactoferrin's visceral fat reduction and deep sleep increase of sake yeast

16:00-16:30 M. Sasmito Djati, PhD, Professor, Brawijaya University, East Java, Indonesia. Rempah-Rempah Indonesian traditional food flavor toward modern functional food and herbal medicine 

16:30-17:15 Poster Session: Session 11

17:15-17:30 Awards and Certificates

17:30-17:45 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.