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 Covention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

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Conference Preliminary 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 foodsDanik 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 NomineeThe 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

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

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

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

12:10-12:35 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: 12:35 -13:45

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

13:45-14:10 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.

14:10-14:35 Vladimir Jakovljevic, MD, PhD, President, Professor of Physiology and Dean, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia. Polyphenols as nutritional supplements in cardiovascular health protection: from basic science to applied investigations

14:35-15:00 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

15:00-15:25 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

15:25-15:40 Coffee Break and Networking

15:40-16:00 Panel Discussion: 

16:00-16:45 Session 5: Poster Session

16:45 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

8:45-9:15 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.

9:15-9:40 Sonia Morya, PhD, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator, Assistant Professor at Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, India. Prebiotics and probiotics in health and disease.

9:40-10:05 Ulku Demirci, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gedik, Istanbul, Turkey. Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) in the gastrointestinal tract

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

10:05-10:15 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases

10:15-10:40 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 cardiovascular dysfunction by treatment with some vitamins

10:40-11:05 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki, Japan. Chemoprevention against gastrointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

11:05-11:30 Longying Zha, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Southern Medical University, North Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. The Modulation of Soyasaponins on Toll-like Receptor 4 signaling pathway in Macrophages

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

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

11:30-12:00 Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition, Davis, CA, USA. Pyrroloquinoline Quinone: Its Importance to Mitochondriogenesis

12:00-12:25 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

12:25-12:45 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

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

Lunch: 12:45-13:30

Session 9: Plant and Animal Origin Bioactive Ingredients

13:30-13:50 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

13:50-14:10 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

14:10-14:30 Sheila Wicks, MD, MBA, Department of Pharmacy, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA; Department of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA. Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa) extracts and compounds enhance osteoblastogenesis in hFOB osteoblasts by acting as HDAC agonists

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

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

13:30-14:55 Asim K. Duttaroy, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway. Development of EFSA approved cardioprotective functional food ingredients

14:55-15:05 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

15:05-15:25 Ilkay Gok, PhD, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey. Consumer Preferences, Marketing Size, Regulations and Labeling of Functional Foods in Turkey

*15:25-15:55 Hongyu Wang, MD, Vice president of PKUSG, Director and Professor, Peking University Shougang Hospital, Beijing, China. Vascular health promotion program in China

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

16:10-16:20 Coffee Break

16:20-17:00 Session 11Poster Session

17:00-17:10 Awards and Certificates

17:10-17:20 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.