FFC's 27th International Conference and Expo - 15th International Symposium of ASFFBC


Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers: Health Promotion and Disease Management


September 20-21, 2019, Boston, MA, USA at Harvard Medical School

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Conference Preliminary Program 


September 20-21, 2019

8:15-8:45 Registration

8:45-9:00 Welcome and opening remarks.

Session 1. Opening and Keynote Session. Session Chair(s): 

9:00-9:40 Jay Whelan, Keynote SpeakerPhD, Professor, and the Department Head of Public Health at the University of Tennessee. Currently, he is researching different bioactive compounds and their effect on a mouse model. His primary research interests include dietary fats (omega-3 and -6) effect on the cellular and biomolecular level and their respect to cancer. He will be presenting on the topic of LKB1 and CaMKK2, a tumor suppressor and a tumor promotor, are antithetically regulated by a well-defined blend of herbal extracts. Dr. Jay Whelan will be explaining his results of how a mixture of 10 herbal extracts has anticancerous properties through the regulation of 2 signaling pathways. LKB1 and CaMKK2, a tumor suppressor and a tumor promotor, are antithetically regulated by a well-defined blend of herbal extracts

9:40-10:10  Uma Naidoo, Special lecture, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Uma Naidoo, MD is an instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Culinary Instructor at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. She graduated from Harvard as a Medical Doctor of Psychiatry as well as Cambraidge School of Culinary Arts with High Honors and M.F.K. Fisher Award as a professional chef. Currently, she works as a Harvard Psychiatrist and Professional Chef Innovator (the leading Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has been recognized for being an expert in the connection between diet/nutrition and mental health.  Food Labels and Mental Health: Is there a Connection?

10:10-10:25 Coffee Break

Session 2: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session Chairs:  Dr. Debasis Bagchi and Dr. Willette Crawford

10:25-10:50 Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President, Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA. Evaluating BioMedical Data by using Functional Food Definition

10:50-11:15 Willette Crawford, PhD, MPH, Principal Consultant and Owner at Katalyst Consulting LLC, Instructor at Northeastern University, San Francisco, USA. The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): Food Bioactive Compounds: Regulatory Challenges

11:15-11:40 Izabela Tanska, Food Law Advisor, IGI Food Consulting LLC, Food Safety & Regulatory Compliance Department, Warszawa, Poland. The EU regulatory framework affecting the functional food promotion by healthcare professionals.

11:40-12:05 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Nutraceuticals and Functional Food Regulations in the United States with a Special Emphasis on Food Label Claims and GRAS Approval

12:05-13:00 Lunch

Session 3: Functional foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutrition for Cancer. Session Chair: Sheila M. Wicks, MD

13:00-13:25 Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki,  Japan. Chemoprevention against gastointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

13:25-13:45 Alexandra Zambrano, MSc. Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Science, University of Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela. Soursop (Annona muricata L.) and blackberry (Rubus glaucus B.) as a potential ingredients to prevent different types of Cancer

13:45-14:10 Sheila M. Wicks, MD, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Rush University, Chicago, IL 60612, USA. Black Cohosh (Actaea racemosa L.) extracts and triterpenes act as HDAC1/SIRT agonists/antagonists in cultured COV-434 ovarian granulosa tumor cells

14:10-14:35 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

14:35-14:50 Coffee Break and Networking


Session 4. Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers for Chronic Disorders: Session Chair Amranda Ajay

14:50-15:15 Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Victory Nutrition International, Inc., Department t of Research and Development, Lederach, PA, USA.  A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on N-SORB, a Proprietary KD120 MEC Metabolically Activated Enzyme Formulation

15:15-15:40 Harry Preuss, PhD, Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. Assessing the triglyceride/HDL-cholesterol ratio as a surrogate for insulin resistance and its link to the metabolic syndrome in Hispanics and African-Americans

15:40-16:05 Christina Khoo, PhD, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc, Lakeville, MA, USA. Cranberry: Beyond UTI

16:05-16:30 Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks in Haren, German. From the Age of Information Technology to the Age of Psychology - the Superessentiality of Chemical Element Lithium, Part 5

16:30-16:55 Amrendra K Ajay, PhD, Faculty, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, USA. Mechanism of action of functional lipids and metabolites for patients with chronic kidney disease.

16:55-17:30 Session 5. Poster Session and Exhibition

17:30 Conference closing

17:30-19:30 Evening Networking Reception
On the evening of September 20, 2019, we will be holding an enjoyable networking opportunity with us at JM Conference Center from 17:30-19:30. 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. 

September 21, 2019

Session 6: Nutrition, Functional Foods and Chronic Diseases. Session Chair: Dr. Debasis Bagchi

8:45-9:10 Monal Velangi, PhD, Department of Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics College of Home Science Nirmala Niketan, University of Mumbai, India; K.J.Somaiya Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, India. Effect of vitamin D3 and Virgin Coconut Oil on cartilage degeneration, inflammation and functional abilities in early knee osteoarthritis

9:10-9:35 Myriam Merarchi, PhD Student, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Paris Descartes, Paris, France. Molecular Targets Modulated by Fangchinoline in Breast cancer

9:35-10:00 Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Proffesor, University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, Texas, USA. VMP35 MNC, A Novel Iron-Free Supplement, Enhances Cytoprotection Against Anemia in Human Subjects: A Clinical Investigation

10:00-10:15 Coffee Break and Networking

Session 7: Functional Foods, Metabolism and Diabetes. Session Chair: Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor

10:15-10:40 George Birkmayer, MD, PhD, Institute for Parkinson Therapy, George Birkmayer NADH – Vienna, Austria. NADH (Coenzyme-1) in prevention and therapy of Diabetes Typ-2

10:40-11:05 Xiuhua Liu, PhD, Professor and Dean, Henan University, Henan Kaifeng, China. Key Laboratory of Natural Medicine and Immune-Engineering of Henan Province, Key Laboratory for Special Functional Materials of Ministry of Education, Pharmaceutical College, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Henan University, Kaifeng, China. α-Glucosidase inhibitors from Chinese Yam (Dioscorea opposita Thunb)

11:05-11:30 Dinia R. Dwijayanti, PhD Student, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Kusatsu, Shiga, Japan. Bitter melon fruit extract affects hepatic expression of the genes involved in inflammation and fatty acid metabolism in ob/ob mice

11:30-11:55 Bodo Melnik, MD, Professor, Department of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine and Health Theory University of Osnabrück, Germany. The impact of persistent milk consumption in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes mellitus

Lunch: 12:55-13:00

Session 8: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products: Session Chair: Dr. Dr. Danik Martirosyan

13:00-13:20 Doman Kim, PhD, Professor, Seoul National University, Pyeongchang Gangwon, Korea. Composition and Biochemical Properties of L-Carnitine Fortified Makgeolli Brewed by Using Fermented Buckwhea

13:20-13:40 Kubra Dogan, PhD Student, Department of Food Engineering, Yildiz Technical University, Faculty of Chemistry and Metallurgical Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey.  Improvement of bioavailability of some medicinal herbs by fermentation with Lactobacillus plantarum

13:40-14:00 Abnita Thakuria, Ph.D., Department of Foods and Nutrition, Faculty of Family and Community Sciences, The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. An In vitro study of the prebiotic properties of Xylooligosaccharide (XOS) and organoleptic evaluation of XOS added Prawn patia and Black rice kheer

14:00-14:30  Danik Martirosyan, PhD,  Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA. How to create new healthy and functional foods: Benefits, concerns and challenges

14:30-14:45 Coffee Break

14:45-15:45 Session 9. Poster Session and Exhibition

15:45-16:00 Awards and Certificates

16:00-16:20 Conference Closing

*Please note: Schedule subject to change.