Conference Program 


May 9, 2019

8:15-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Welcome and opening remarks: Danik Martirosyan, Conference Chairman, PhD, President, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA

Session 1. Opening and Keynote Session. Session Chair(s): Dr. Abdulkerim Eroglu and Dr. Garth Nicolson

9:00-9:30 Garth Nicolson, Keynote SpeakerPhD, 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.

9:30-9:50 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

9:50-10:15 Abdulkerim Eroglu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, Plants for Human Health Institute College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC, USA. Molecular Mechanisms of Action of β-apocarotenoids and Functional Biomarkers of Plasma Carotenoids

10:15-10:25 Coffee Break

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

10:25-10:50 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

10:50-11:10 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 

11:10-11:35 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

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

11:35-12:00 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

12:00-12:25 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

Lunch: 12:25 -13:15

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

13:15-13:40 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.

13:40-14:05 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

14:05-14:25 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

14:25-14:35 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 4. Functional Foods with Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases. Session Chair(s): Sunny Jain and Mahnaz Kargar

14:35-15:00 Sunny Jain, CEO, Sun Genomics, San Diego, California. Analysis of gut microbiome using WGS and the long term effectiveness of customized FLORE´ probiotics

15:00-15:20 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

15:20-15:40 Ulku Demirci, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gedik, Istanbul, Turkey. Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) in the gastrointestinal tract

15:40-16:00 Tatiana Korolenko, PhD, 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

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

17:00 Conference closing

17:00-20:00 San Diego City Tour and Networking 

May 10, 2019

Session 6: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases. Session Co-Chairs: Dr. Smiti Gupta and Dr. Anureet Kaur)

8:45-9:05 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

9:05-9:25 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki, Japan. Chemoprevention against gastrointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

9:25-9:45 John F. Burd, PhD, CEO, Lysulin, Inc. San Diego, CA, USA. Glucose toxicity: The worldwide problem and the all-natural solution

9:45-10:00 Elisabetta Soragni, PhD, Department of Molecular Medicine, Gottesfeld lab - The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla CA, USA.  Friedrich's Ataxia: Pathology and modern approaches for disease manageent 

10:00-10:25 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

10:25-10:35 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7: Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging. Session Chair: Dr. William Li and Dr.Sara Tabrizi

10:35-11:00 Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition, Davis, CA, USA   Pyrroloquinoline quinone: Its importance to mitochondriogenesis

11:00-11:20 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

11:20-11:45 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


Continuing Session 8: Food Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging. Session Chair and Organizer: Kanakaraju Kaliannan

11:45-12:05 Heidi Lynch, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA. Plant-based diets and exercise performance

12:05-12:30 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.

Lunch: 12:30-13:20

Session 9: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products: Session Chairs: Dr. Hairong Cheng and Dr. Danik Martirosyan

13:20-13:40 Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Yarrowia lipolytica, a brewer in sweet life-Recent progress in functional sugars production

13:40-14:00 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

14:00-14:20 Ilkay Gok, PhD, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey. Consumer preferences, marketing size, regulations and labeling of functional foods in Turkey

14:20-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-15:30 Session 10. Poster Session and Exhibition

15:30-15:45 Awards and Certificates

15:45-16:00 Conference Closing

*Please note: Schedule subject to change.