FFC's 26th International Conference and Expo - 14th International Symposium of ASFFBC


Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease


May 9-10, 2019, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

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Conference Program 

May 9, 2019

8:15-8:45 Registration

Session 1. Opening and Keynote Session

8:45-9:00 Welcome and opening remarks: Bioactive compounds: The key to functional foods. Danik Martirosyan, Co-chairman, PhD, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA

9:00-9:40 Garth Nicolson, Keynote Speaker, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, USA. Dr. Nicolson has over 600 scientific publications, several of which are citation classics. Dr. Nicholson’s previous positions include Professor and Chairman, Department of Tumor Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Professor of Internal Medicine and Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He is engaged in research on chronic illnesses, such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gulf War Illness, and various autoimmune diseases. Dr. Nicolson was also a Nobel Prize Nominee. The use of oral Membrane Lipid Replacement with glycerolphospholipids to treat systemic pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue in fibromyalgia patients.

9:40-10:05 Hameed Khan, PhD, Senior Scientist, National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA. The Impact of Sequencing Human Genome on Novel Drug Design and the Synthesis of Analogs of Aziridinylbenzoquinones (US Patent 4,146,622) as a Novel Class of Drugs Designed for Treating Brain Cancer

Session 2: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session Organizer Dr. Nathan S. Bryan

10:05-10:30 James R. Coughlin, PhD, Certified Food Scientist, President, Coughlin & Associates: Experienced independent Ph.D. consultant in food chemistry and nutritional toxicology, with a 4-decade demonstrated history of working successfully in the food and beverage, dietary supplement and consumer packaged goods' industry, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA. Unfounded risks of nitrite and nitrate in humans: The Need for a new framework based on their health benefits

10:30-10:55 Tianying Wu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA. Red meat, renal function, race, and other predictors of circulating nitrates 

10:55-11:25 Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA. Evidence for Use of Functional Nitric Oxide Nutrition in Primary Care

11:25-11:40 Coffee Break

Session 3: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements in Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction. Session organizer:  Dr. Dragan M. Djuric

11:40-12:10 Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, Professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian”; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. Sulfur amino acids homocysteine and methionine: overview of the cardiovascular effects in rats

12:10-12:30 Devendra K. Agrawal, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Clinical and Translational Science, The Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, US. Vitamin D deficiency accelerates intimal hyperplasia and restenosis following coronary intervention

Lunch: 12:30 -13:45

Continuing Session 3: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements in Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

13:45-14:05 Bram Ramjiawan, PhD, Director of Research, Asper Clinical Research Institute, Director of Research, Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, Director Office of Clinical Research, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Facts and Controversies Associated with the Assessment and Use of Vitamin D.

14:05-14:25 Grant Pierce, Professor, Executive Director of Research, St Boniface Hospital and Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Supplementation of the diet with flaxseed - its effects on cardiovascular health

14:25-14:45 Martin Kwok, ND, Richmond Alternative Medical Clinic Inc., Richmond, BC, Canada. Lumbrokinase – the result of a perfect marriage between traditional empirical knowledge and modern medical science

14:45-15:00 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 4. Functional Foods and Aging: Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, and other Related Disorders

15:00-15:20 Sunny Jain, CEO, Sun Genomics, San Diego, California. Analysis of gut microbiome using WGS and the long term effectiveness of customized FLORE´ probiotics

15:20-15:40 Mahnaz Kargar, PhD student, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. Physicochemical properties and bioactive compounds of selected Banana cultivars (Musa spp.): Consumer demand and potential health benefits for diabetes

15:40-16:00 Zulya Maizetova, MD, Pavlov First State Medical University of Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation. The Nutrigenomic approach in new generation of nutraceuticals 

16:00-17:00 Session 5: Poster Session and Exhibition

17:00 Conference closing

17:15-20:15 San Diego City Tour and Networking 

May 10, 2019

Session 6: Metabolic Syndrome and Gut Microbiome. Session Chair: Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD

8:45-9:10 Kanakaraju Kaliannan, MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Synergistic effects of omega 3 fatty acids and genistein on gut microbiome is associated with prevention metabolic syndrome.

9:10-9:35 Ulku Demirci, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gedik, Istanbul, Turkey. Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) in the gastrointestinal tract

*Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, PHD Candidate, Functional food and beverage developer, Researcher, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Kangwon National University Gangwondaehak-gil, Seoksa-dong, Gangwon-do Chuncheon, Korea. Novel angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory peptides from soy protein isolates reduce high blood pressure in SHR and alter gut microbiota. Presentation Pending

Additional short talk speakers will be added, chosen from submitted abstracts

Session 7: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases (Session Chair: Dr. Smiti Gupta)

9:35-10:00 Naranjan S. Dhalla, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Developments, SBRC, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, University of Manitoba, Max Rady College of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Modification of catecholamine-induced cardiac arrhythmias by treatment with some vitamins

10:00-10:25 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki, Japan. Chemoprevention against gastrointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

10:25-10:50 Smiti Gupta, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA. 1H NMR metabolomics reveals modulation of Glutamine by Tocotrienols via mTOR pathway in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

10:50-11:15 John F. Burd, PhD, CEO, Lysulin, Inc. San Diego, CA, USA. Glucose toxicity: The worldwide problem and the all-natural solution

11:15-11:25 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 8: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging

11:25-11:50 Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition, Davis, CA, USA. Pyrroloquinoline quinone: Its importance to mitochondriogenesis

11:50-12:15 William W. Li, MD, President and Medical Director, The Angiogenesis Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Activation of intrinsic health defenses as a mechanism for food bioactives: a systems-based approach to food functionality

12:15-12:45 Sara Haddad Tabrizi, PhD, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA. The Effect of bioactive peptide extracted from soybean, lunasin, on cardiometabolic risk factors

Lunch: 12:45-13:35


Session 9: Plant and Animal Origin Bioactive Ingredients

13:35-13:55 Tatiana Korolenko, Ph.D., Professor, Laboratory of Experimental Models of Neurodegeneration, Institute of Physiology and Fundamental Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation. Mannan and trehalose: A study of their hypolipidemic effects in mice with acute lipemia

13:55-14:15 Heidi Lynch, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA. Plant-based diets and exercise performance

14:15-14:35 Julius OBEN, PhD, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry, UY1, Fellow of the Cameroon Academy of Science, Vice President Cameroon Nutritional Science Society. The effect of a cucumber extract (Q-Actin™) on oxidative stress markers in patients with moderate osteoarthritis

Session 10: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products: Session organizer: Dr. Danik Martirosyan

14:35-14:55 Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Identification, characterization of two NADPH-dependent erythrose reductases in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica and improvement of functional sugar erythritol productivity using metabolic engineering

14:55-15:15 Simon Itsygin, PhD, President at Czar Salt, Greater San Diego, CA, USA. A new technology to process marine raw materials and ready to use products such as gourmet sea salt, algae dried biomass, food supplements and cosmetics

15:15-15:35 Ilkay Gok, PhD, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey. Consumer preferences, marketing size, regulations and labeling of functional foods in Turkey

15:35-15:45 Coffee Break

15:45-16:45 Session 11. Poster Session and Exhibition

16:45-17:00 Awards and Certificates

17:00-17:00 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.