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.

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

9:40-10:05 Norman Hord, PhD, RD, Head, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Professor in Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, USA. Dietary nitrate and nitrite concentrations in food patterns and dietary supplements

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

10:30-11:00 Nathan S. Bryan, PhD, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA. Evidence for Consideration of Dietary Guidelines for Nitrite and Nitrate

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

11:00-11:15 Coffee Break

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

11:15-11:45 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

11:45-12:10 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

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 -13:30

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

13:30-13:55 Suresh C. Tyagi, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research Department of Physiology, Stoghill Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Exosome containing synbiosis (probiotics and vitamins) mitigates dysbiosis and cardiovascular dysfunction

13:55-14:20 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

14:20-14:45 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

14:45-15:10 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.

15:10-15:25 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 4: Dietitian's Point of View

15:25-15:45 Norma Flood, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Counselor and Educator, Outreach Speaker for Schools and Community Groups. Functional Nutrition: Microbiome and mental health, digestive health or eating disorders

15:45-16:05 Sherene Chou, MSc, Registered Dietitian, Lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Sustainable Food and Nutrition Consultant. Integrating culinary medicine into medical education

16:05-16:25 Nina (Braynina) Young, Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, Facey Medical Foundation, Mission Hills, CA, USA. Gastrointestinal Nutrition: Common disorders and therapeutic interventions

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

16:25-17:05 Session 5: Poster Session

17:05 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

10:05-10:20 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7: Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases

10:20-10:50 Tom O'Bryan, Educator and Physician at the Dr.com, San Diego, CA, USA. Functional medicine approach to identifying food-related disorders

10:50-11:10 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki, Japan. Chemoprevention against gastrointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

11:10-11:30 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

11:30-11:50 Gabriela Riscuta MD, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. The effects of probiotics on cancer, and on gut-brain axis

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

Session 8: Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease

11:50-12:10 Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition, Davis, CA, 95616, USA. Pyrroloquinoline Quinone: Its Importance to Mitochondriogenesis

12:10-12:30 Roberto Giovannoni, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy. The nutraceutical revolution: food as safe drug synthesis and delivery system.

*12:30-12:45 Di Wu, PhD Student, School of Food Science and Technology, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China. Identification and analysis of bioactive peptides from scallops (Chlamys farreri) protein by simulated gastrointestinal digestion

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 Vishwajit Sur Chowdhury, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Graduate School of Biores. Bioenviron. Science Lab of Stress Physiology and Metabolism, Division for Experimental Natural Science, Faculty of Arts and Science, Kyushu University, Japan. L-Citrulline and L-leucine are novel candidates to afford thermotolerance

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

13:30-14:50 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

14:50-15:10 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

15:10-15:30 Christine D. Wu, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, Chicago, IL, USA. Functional foods for oral health.

15:30-15:50 Danik Martirosyan, PhD., President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA. Clasification of functional foods and evaluating scientific evidence

15:50-16:10 Ilkay Gok, PhD, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey. Consumer Preferences, Marketing Size, Regulations and Labeling of Functional Foods in Turkey

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

General Session:

*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

*Christine Houghton, PhD, Nutritional Biochemist in Clinical Nutrigenomics at Cell-Logic, Brisbane, Australia. Upregulating cellular defence mechanisms with broccoli-derived bioactive sulforaphane 

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

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.