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Can Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds Reduce the Risk of Chronic and Viral Diseases?

29th International Conference of FFC - 17th International
Symposium of ASFFBC

April 29-30, 2021, VIRTUAL/LIVE Online Event

The 29th International Conference

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The impact of COVID-19 on global health has shed light on the need for alternative, non-pharmaceutical solutions when no immediate treatments or vaccines are available. Emerging research is demonstrating how certain functional foods and bioactive compounds can be used to enhance the immune system and reduce the risk of viral diseases like COVID-19. Boosting immunity can also improve the outcomes for vaccination results, which is especially important in elderly people, who have a lower vaccine response success rate due to their weaker immune systems. In addition, it has been shown that people with chronic diseases are more vulnerable to coronaviruses and have higher casualties related to coronavirus. Thus, prevention of chronic disease can reduce the risk of infectious diseases. 

To facilitate and promote the discussion of how functional foods and bioactive compounds can be used in these ways, the central theme for the Functional Food Center’s 29th International Conference will be "Can Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds Reduce the Risk of Chronic and Viral Diseases?" This conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the usage of functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for viral diseases, such as COVID-19. Considering the impact of chronic disease on the outcome of viral disease, we will also be reviewing functional foods for the management of chronic disease.

The conference is organized by Functional Food Center-FFC (Dallas, TX, USA), Functional Food Institute-FFI (San Diego, CA, USA), International Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC), The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD), and The Journal of Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease (BCHD). FFC's 29th International Conference will also examine all aspects of SARS CoV-2 infection prevention and management, including non-pharmaceutical interventions, as well as active and passive immunization.

FFC 2021 - A Virtual Experience! LIVE Online Event: April 29 – 30, 2021
For more than 20 years, the Functional Food Center has provided the functional and healthy food industry with outstanding education, training, exhibits and networking opportunities to a worldwide community of researchers, food scientists, and academics. 

For more details about the Sessions and main conference topics, please visit conference Topics and Sessions page.

Please click to the link to watch  YouTube video about the last FFC's conference 

Call for Abstracts

Share your research with a global audience through the FFC 29th International Conference! Abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 25th, 2021, 5 pm (PST). The entire abstract should have a maximum of 1000 words. Please use Times New Roman Font 12 for the entire abstract.

Submit your abstract to be considered for an opportunity to showcase your work along with other leaders from the fields of medicine and food science during this event in a short or regular presentation. You will also have the opportunity to answer audience questions in real-time. 

Short Presentations: 7 minutes

Regular Presentations: 20 Minutes

Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed by organizing comittee members, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to Please review our sample abstract.  

Registration Fees and Deadlines

The registration fee will cover the Conference Proceedings book (Abstract book) and a 12-month membership to the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds. Each registration allows the registrant to present up to 3 accepted abstracts maximum. Registration includes access to the entire program and Expo, presentation materials, and networking with expert speakers and organizing committee members.

Cancellation Policy: Before December 28, 2020: 75% refund; before January 28, 2021: 50% refund; after January 28, 2021: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat. All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

Conference registration fees are in USD . To make a payment please click here

Registration Type

December 1st to January 1st  January 1st to April 1st
Student Registration Rate: M*/N** 125.00 / 145.00 145.00 / 195.00
Regular Registration Rate: M / N 245.00 / 295.00 295.00 / 345.00
***Exhibitors: Virtual Option 395.00 / 495.00 445.00 / 545.00
Abstract Publication Fee 49.00 49.00

*M: Members of Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds; **N: Nonmembers(N) 

 ***Exhibitors, poster and oral presenters can host a live stream from anywhere in the world. 


  • Abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 25th, 2021, 5 pm (PST). 
  • Full-text papers for oral presentations or posters submitted before April 15th, 2021 will receive 50% discount for article publication fee. Please review author guidlenes before submitting your article. 
  • Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before April 22nd, 2021. 

Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change. For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at For international calls, please use: 469-441-8272, Toll free: 1-866-202-0487

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