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Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds: Modern and Medieval Approaches

31st International Conference & EXPO of FFC - 19th International Symposium of ASFFBC

September 29th -October 1st, 2023, Yerevan State University in Yerevan, Armenia (Address: 1 Alex Manoogian)
In-Person and Virtual/Live Online Event

Conference Program

As of September 29th, 2023 we have 5759 registered attendees (in-person and virtual) at this conference and we are welcoming representatives from over 125 countries. 

Expo Dates and Hours: Friday, September 29, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30th, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

September 29th, 2023  Local Time (Armenia)


  • 9:00-10:00 – Registration

  • 10:00-10:05 – Welcome to Yerevan State University by Hovhannes Hovhannisyan, PhD, Associate Professor, Rector, Armenia

  • 10:05-10:10 - Welcome speach of Ashkhen Shirvanyan, PhD, Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Economy, Armenia
  • 10:15-10:40 – Opening Remarks: Functional Foods Definition, Classification, and Evaluation by FFC - Danik Martirosyan, PhD, President of Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA; Functional Food Institute, San Diego, CA, USA.
  • 10:35-11:00 – Marcello Iriti, PhD, Keynote Speaker, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Milan State University, Milan, Italy. Ultra-processed food and agrobiodiversity loss - Mediterranean diet vs. globalized diet

Session 1:  Traditional Healthy Food and Medicine in Armenia

Session Chair(s):  Rouben Aroutiounian, PhD, Professor and Karen Trchounian, PhD, Professor,

  • 11:00-11:20 - Rouben Aroutiounian, PhD, Professor; Academician, Levon Yepiskoposyan, PhD, Professor, National Academy of Sciences, YSU, Yerevan, Armenia. Genetics of Armenians and our dietary habits
  • 11:20-11:40 - Davit Pipoyan, PhD, Informational Analytical Center for Risk Assessment of Food Chain, Yerevan, Armenia. Macronutrient Intake Assessment Based on Household Budget Survey in Armenia.
  • 11:40-11:50 - Karine Mosikyan, PhD, Matenadaran - Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan, Armenia. Medieval approaches of cure and diet of depression
  • 11:50-12:00 - Donara Karapetyan, PhD, Professor, Matenadaran - Mesrop Mashtots Scientific Research Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Yerevan, Armenia. Medical works of 15th century Armenian physician Amirdovlat Amasiatsi as an important source of Armenian traditional, alternative medicine
  • 12:00-12:20 – Coffee Break

Session 2:  Discovery, Sources, Potential Health Benefits, and Safety Aspects of Bioactive Compounds

Session Chair(s): Laura Jaakola, PhD, Professor

  • 12:20-12:45 - Special Lecture: Laura Jaakola, PhD, Professor, Climate laboratorium, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromso, Norway. Health beneficial compounds in bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
  • 12:45-13:05 - Inga Bazukyan,PhD, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia. Biological activity of Armenian honeybees’ venom and lactic acid bacteria isolated from honeybees’ gut.
  • 13:05-13:30 - Victor Rodov, PhD, Agricultural Research Organization - The Volcani Institute, Rishon LeZion, Israel. Tannin-rich agro-industrial wastes as sources of bioactive principles for "green" food preservatives and nutraceuticals
  • 13:30-13:55 - Ahmad Bassiouny, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Alexandria University, Egypt. Co-administration of curcumin with pioglitazone improves anticancer activity of human epithelial breast cancer cell line MCF-7 through downregulation of outer mitochondrial membranes NAF-1 protein.

Lunch 13:55 - 14:45

Continuing from Session 2

  • 13:45-14:05 - Adegboyega Maryam, Food Technology Department, Federal Institute of Industrial Research, Oshodi, Lagos, Nigeria. Bioactive compounds may reduce the risk of developing memory loss in older age
  • 14:05-14:25 - Bella Grigoryan PhD, Voskehat Educational and Research Center of Enology Scientific Branches of Armenian National Agrarian University, Voskehat, Armenia.  The investigation of bioactive compounds in the Charentsi grape variety and wine made from it
  • 14:25-14:45 - Bella Babayan, PhD Student, Agrobiotechnology Scientific Center, Branch of ANAU Foundation, The Department of Creation and Quality Control of Agricultural Preparations, Ejmiatsin, RA. Tartaric Acid New Derivatives as Prospective and Safe Alternative to Antimicrobials for Food Products Packing
  • 14:45-15:05 - Inna Misnikova, MD, PhD, Moscow Regional Research and Clinical Institute, Moscow, Russia. Postprandial glucose response and microbiota hydrogen and methane production after food load in type 2 diabetes patients

     Coffee Break: 15:05-15:25

Session 3: Bioactive Compounds for the Management of Chronic and Viral Diseases

Session Chair(s): 

  • 15:25-15:50 - Special Lecture, Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Departement of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, and Departement of Psychology, Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology, Adelphi University, Garden City, New York USA. A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind Clinical Investigation to Evaluate the Efficacy of a Novel Patented Trigonella foenum-graecum Extract, Fenfuro®, in Type 2 Diabetics
  • 15:50-16:10 - Naira Sahakyan, PhD, Research Institute of Biology, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia. The oxidative stress and possible preventive action of plant-born polyphenols
  • 16:10-16:30 - Mark Shamtsyan, PhD, Head of the Department of Microbiological Synthesis, Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology, St. Petersburg, Russia. Beta-glucans: Food that can help to prevent diseases
  • 16:30-16:50 - Irakli Chkhikvishvili, PhD, Lado Bahutashvili Institute of Medical Biotechnology, Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Efficacy of taxane-polyphenol fractions of hazelnut waste on viability of tumor (Jurkat) cells and normal (MDCK) cells
  • 16:50-17:10 Tamer El-Messery, PhD, Faculty of Biotechnologies (BioTech), ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia. Ultrasonic-assisted encapsulation of Date Seed Phenolic in liposome delivery system for enhanced Bioaccessibility of soft cheese: Its attenuation effect on testosterone-induced benign prostatic hyperplasia in rats

17:10 -17:15 Day 1 Conference closing

September 30th, 2023 Local Time (Armenia)

Session 4: Functional Foods for the Management of Chronic Diseases

Session Chair: Victor Rodov, PhD 

  • 10:00-10:25 - Keynote Speaker, Julius Oben, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University Of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon. Potential of Moringa olifera and red palm oil fortification in the management of Vitamin A deficiency in children
  • 10:25-10:45-El-Sohaimy Sobhy,PhD, Professor, South Ural State University, Chelyabinsk, Russian Federation. Anti-diabetic potential of olive (Olea europaea) leaves extract: In vitro and In vivo evaluation
  • 10:45-11:05 - Anahit Hakobjanyan, PhD, G.S. Davtyan Institute of Hydroponics Problems, National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia. Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic activity of Moringa grown in hydroponics and soil in Ararat Valley
  • 11:05 -11:25- Aleksandr Razin PhD, St Petersburg State Institute of Technology, St. Petersburg, Russia. Antitumor activity of the chitin-glucan complex of basidial fungi
  • 11:25-11:45 - Zara Bagdasarian, Founder and CEO, Really Good Remedies, LLC, San Mateo, California, USA. Surviving pandemics: Significance of functional nutrition and phytotherpy in optimizing immune function

11:45-12:05 – Coffee Break

Session 5:  Functional Food and Health: A Paradigm Shift in Agriculture

Session Chair(s): Agnieszka Bartoszek, PhD, Professor

  • 12:00-12:25   -  Special Lecture: Agnieszka Bartoszek, PhD, Department of Food Chemistry, Technology and Biotechnology, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland. The exploitation of anticarcinogenic potential of white cabbage to improve nutritional value of meat products
  • 12:25-12:45   -  Nino Gagelidze, PhD, Agricultural University of Georgia, Kakha Bendukidze University Campus, Tbilisi, Georgia. Increasing the yield of the Georgian endemic wheat variety - Shavfkha by pre-sowing two-step processing by laser and Azospirillum brasilense, for healthy life
  • 12:45-12:05 - Sobhy El-Sohaimy, PhD, Professor, South Ural State University, Russia. Antioxidant and anti-acetylcholinesterase potential of artichoke phenolic compounds
  • 12:05-12:25 -Natalya Kavushevskaya, PhD, Department of Pathophysiology and General Pathology, Medical Institute, Surgut State University, Russian Federation. Antioxidant, cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory potential polyphenols of Ericaceae berries growing in Siberia

    13:40-14:25 - Lunch 

Session 6: Diet and Traditional Healthy Foods in Different Countries

Session Chair(s): Francesco Carluccio, MD, PhD, 

  • 14:25-14:50 - Special Lecture: Francesco Carluccio, MD, PhD, Italian National Health System- Region Puglia, Lecce, Italy. Wine from the middle-bronze age in the south-east Mediterranean area and its potential health benefit
  • 14:50-15:10 – Andrey Kozlov MD, PhD, National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation; Vladimir Pylev, General Director, Biobank of Northern Eurasia, Moscow, Russia. Frequency of genetic determinants of trehalase deficiency in populations of European Russia, Caucasus, Siberia, and Central Asia
  • 15:10-15:30 – Efstratios Christodoulou, PhD candidate, Assistant Professor, University of the Aegean, Lemnos, Greece. Herbal infusions as a part of the Mediterranean Diet and their association with psychological resilience: The paradigm of Greek Mountain Tea
  • 15:30 -15:50 - Hugo Sebastian Diaz, PhD, Laboratory of Cardiorespiratory Control, Department of Physiology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.  Novel functional foods based on circular economy

15:50-16:10 – Coffee Break

16:10-17:30 Poster Presentation Session. Over 50 poster presentations will be provided, for poster presenters list and topics please click here

17:30-17:30 Day 2 Conference closing

October 1st, 2023 Local Time (Armenia)

Session 7: Nutrition and Gut Microbiota

Session Chair(s): Oleg Medvedev, PhD, MD, Professor

  • 10:00-10:25 - Keynote Speaker: Oleg Medvedev, PhD, MD, Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia. Differential effects of non-absorbable carbohydrates and food fibers on the microbiota hydrogen and methane production in low- and high-methane-producing rats
  • 10:25-10:45 - Astghik Pepoyan, PhD, Professor, Armenian National Agrarian University, Yerevan, Armenia. Effects of probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus Str. INMIA 9602 Er 317/402 on gut microbiota composition of COVID-19 patients with familial Mediterranean Fever Disease
  • 10:45-11:05 - Miralimova Shakhlo, PhD, Professor, Institute of Microbiology of Academy of sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Oral lactic acid bacteria antagonistic to tonsillitis agents

Session 8: Research and Development of New Functional Food Products for Chronic and for General Health

  • 11:05-11:25 - Karen Khachatryan, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Food Technology, University of Agriculture in Krakow, Krakow, Poland. Nanocapsules containing bioactive ingredients for use as additives in functional food products
  • 11:25-11:45 - Natalya Kavushevskaya, PhD, Russian Federation, Surgut State University, Surgut, Russia. Polyphenols of berries fam. Ericaceae growing on the territory of Yugra
  • 11:45-12:05 - Ani Paloyan, PhD, Laboratory of Protein Technologies, scientific and Production Center "Armbiotechnology", National Academy of Sciences, Republic of Armenia. Characterization of glucose oxidase from Penicillium chrysogenum mdc 8358
  • 12:05-12:20 Meline Beglaryan, PhD, Center for Ecological-Noopshere Studies, Yerevan, Armenia. Antioxidant Capacity of Breads Prepared with Locally Cultivated Grains in Armenia

Session 9: Awards and Certificates: 12:20 -12:30

12:30-12:35 Coffee Break

Session 10: Virtual Presentations:

  • 13:40-13:50 Samuel Paterson Moreno, PhD Student, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (CIAL. CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain. Microalgae as a sustanaible source of bioactive compounds
  • 13:50-14:00 Hugo Sebastian Diaz, PhD, Laboratory of Cardiorespiratory Control, Department of Physiology, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Novel functional foods based on circular economy
  • 14:00-14:10 Oliva Ma Eugenia, PhD, Professor, Facultad de Bioquímica y Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional del Litoral, Santa Fe. Argentina. Astaxanthin improves lipid metabolism in skeletal muscle in an experimental model of metabolic syndrome
  • 14:10-14:20 Muchiri Mary, PhD, Tea Institute, Karatina University, Karatina, Kenya. A profile of phytonutrients in purple tea (Camellia sinesis) and their potential health benefits: anti-inflammatory, anticancer, anti-obesity, neuroprotection and production of functional foods
  • 14:20-14:30 Osvaldo Conde-Rivas, PhD student, Biomedical Research Center, University of Veracruz, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. Anti-hyperglycemic and antioxidant properties of proteins from moringa oleifera leaves under simulated gastrointestinal digestion
  • 14:30-14:40 Rajashri Kanad Gutte, PhD, MGM University, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. Preventive role of Natural Nutraceutical functional ingredients in Onco-Wellness to reduce chemo-induced side effects
  • 14:40-14:50 Miriam Hagan, MSc, Howard University, Washington D.C., United States. A systematic review on assessing the quality of vitamins in seaweeds as a contributor to daily intake for adults: A closer look at the B vitamins, vitamin C and A
  • 14:50-15:00 Lidia Grigoryevna Stoyanova, PhD, Moscow State University, Moscow Russia. The perspective of use of "probent" for the efficiency of probiotic strains of lactococcus lactis ssp. Lactis
  • 15:00-15:10 Giselle Franca-Oliveira, PhD Student, Institute of Food Science Research, Madrid, Spain. Effect of soybean proteins and peptides on biomarkers associated with oxidative stress and inflammation in an innate immune cell model
  • 15:10-15:20 Alexander Plakida, PhD, Professor, Ukrainian Research Institute of Medical Rehabilitation and Resort Therapy of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Odessa, Ukraine. Application of balneologic medicine "magnesium oil" in complex therapy of neurotic disorders

15:20-15:30 Coffee Break

  • 15:30-15:40 Carmen Gabriela Mendoza Mendoza, PhD, Posdoctoral Researcher, PREGEP-Plant Physiology, Colegio de Postgraduados, Campus Montecillo, Texcoco, Edo. de México. Foods and beverages made from Mexican Purple Corn: a means to increase anthocyanins’ intake
  • 15:40-15:50 Chidi Osuagwu, PhD, African Centre for Biomedical Engineering Research, Owerri, Nigeria. Phytomedicinal body oxygenation and farnesylation of essential biomolecular active sites help explain moderate covid-19 virulence in Africa
  • 15:50-16:00 Filipp Hovhannisyan, ITMO National Research University, Saint Petersburg, Russia. The effect of enzymatic treatment on the content of soluble pectin in carrot and apple pulp and pomace
  • 16:00-16:10 Grinvald Svetlana, PhD Student, ITMO University, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. The use of flour from green buckwheat, grape and dogwood seeds to prolong the shelf life of bakery products
  • 16:10-16:20 Malkhaz Jokhadze, Ph.D., Associates Professor, Department of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Botany, Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia. Plant secondary metabolites as a factor of longevity in Georgia: chemical and biological evaluation of some endemic dietary plants
  • 16:20-16:30 Jia-Nan Yan, PhD, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Collaborative Innovation Center of Seafood Deep Processing, School of Food Science and Technology, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China. Colon-specific scallop (Patinopecten yessoensis) hydrolysate/κ-carrageenan double crosslinking network hydrogels loaded with curcumin alleviates DSS-induced colitis through modulation of inflammatory cytokines and gut microbiota
  • 16:30-16:40 Zahra Bathaie, PhD, professor, National Academy of Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran. Natural carotenoids (C40 or C20) as functional foods condidatyes
  • 16:40-16:50 Julijana Tomovska, PhD, Biotechnical Sciences-Bitola, University, St. Kliment Ohridski, Bitola, North Macedonia. Investigation of Vitamins A, E, C and Antioxidant activity in Animal feed
  • 16:50-17:00 Tamar Sanikidze, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics, Biophysics Biomechanics and Informative Technologies of Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Green Tea Catechins as an effective remedy for correction obesity
  • 17:00-17:10 Sophio Kalmakhelidze, PhD, Department of Physics, Biophysics, Biomechanics and Informative Technologies of Tbilisi State Medical University, Tbilisi, Georgia. Protective effect of Herniarin on ionizing radiation-induced neurobehavioral changes
  • 17:10-17:20 - Irina Chernukha, PhD, Professor, Academician of Rassian Academy of Sciences, VM Gorbatov Federal Research Center for Food Systems of RAS, Moscow, Russia. Functional foods in Russia: state of art, opportunities and scientific approaches
  • 17:20-17:30 Alexander Haslberger, PhD, Professor, Department for Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Personalisation in Nutrition and in the use of Functional Foods

17:30 Conference Closing