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Discovery, Research and Utilization of Bioactive Compounds: Development of Healthy and Functional Food Products

32nd International Conference of FFC - 20th International Symposium of ASFFBC

October 2-4, 2024, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Diego, CA, USA. (In-Person and Virtual/Live Online Event)

We expecting more than 5000 registered attendees (in-person and virtual) at this conference and we are welcoming representatives from over 125 countries.

Sessions and Topics:

Session 1: Definition of Functional Foods, classification and Regulation: Japan, USA, and EU

        a. How to define Healthy, Functional and Medical Foods: similarities and differences.

        b. How to create and bring to the market functional foods with bioactive compounds.

        c. The vision of Functional Food Center for the creation of Functional Food product.

d. The regulations, policy, and labeling of functional foods in Japan and other countries.

e. Classification of functional foods.

Session 2: Diet and Traditional Healthy Foods in Different Countries

a. Japanese traditional medicine (Kampo medicine) and traditional healthy food formulations/recipes.

b. Indian traditional healthy formulations (Ayurveda).

c. Greece and Italian traditional foods and healthy diet (Mediterranian Diet).

d. Traditional Healthy Food and Medicine in Armenia

e.  Traditional medicine and healthy foods in different countries.

e. How to create new functional food products by using traditional medicines and traditional healthy foods?

Session 3: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for Viral Diseases

a. Nutritional support for fighting COVID-19.

b. Food bioactive compounds with potential against viral proteins of SARS-CoV-2.

c. Food for the gut in COVID-19 times.

d. Micronutrients responsible for the normal function of the immune system.

e. Functional foods and Mediterranean diet: an alternative source to combat viral infections, including COVID-19.

Session 4: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds for the Management of Chronic Diseases

 a. Mental Disorders: Mechanism of bioactive molecules in improving mental disorders.

 b. Obesity: Molecular mechanisms of the anti-obesity effect of bioactive compounds in healthy and functional foods.

 c. Cardiovascular Disease: Food bioactive compounds In cardiovascular diseases.

 d. Diabetes: Bioactive compounds in diabetes care and prevention.

 e. Cancer: Anticancer activities of selected bioactive compounds.

 f. Other Chronic Diseases

Session 5: Diet and Functional Foods in Healthy Aging

 a. Current look and future predictions for aging demographic in the world.

 b. Aging and increased disease risk.

 c. Aging and increased health care expenditure.

 d. Potential for functional foods to contribute to healthy aging.

Session 6:  Discovery, Sources, Health Benefits, and Safety Aspects of Bioactive Compounds/Molecules

a.  Food bioactive compounds: molecules that can present therapeutic potential by reducing pro-inflammatory state, oxidative stress, and metabolic disorders.

b.  Discovery of bioactive compunds

c. Sources of bioactive compounds

c. Health benefits of bioactive compounds

        1. Bioactive Compounds and antioxidant activity in different fruits and vegetables.

        2. Bioactive Compounds and Inflammation.

        3. Therapeutic potential of bioactive compounds and their properties to reduce metabolic disorders.

d. Safety aspects of bioactive compounds.

Session 7: Functional Food and Health: A Paradigm Shift in Agriculture

        a. Connection between food insecurity and diet-related chronic diseases.

        b. Food Security - all members of the population, can access enough food for healthy life.

        c. Nutrition Security - consistent access and affordability of healthy and functional foods. 

        d. Meat as a functional food: Concepts and breakthrough.

Session 8: Bioactive Compounds/Molecules, their occurrence in foods, and health-promoting properties

         a. Natural Bioactive Compounds: isolation and purification from biological materials.

         b. Determination of relevant bioactive compound(s) in functional foods

         c. Establishment of the appropriate dosage of bioactive compound(s) in functional foods

         d. Determination of the specific pathway and mechanism of action of bioactive compounds 

         b. New dairy bioactive compounds for Functional Food Products.

         c. Bioactive compounds developed from dairy proteins, oligosaccharides and plant dietary fiber.

         d. Novel bioactive prebiotic oligosaccharides from plant and animal sources.

         e. Bioactive compounds and their health-promoting properties.

Session 9: Functional Foods and Economics

 a. Functional foods market size and forecast.

 b. Economic aspects of functional foods.

 c. Market, regulatory, and agricultural economics studies.

Session 10: Nutrition and Gut Microbiota

         a. Functions of gut microbiota.

         b. Probiotics: Live bacterial biotherapeutics.

         c. Prebiotics: Nourishing probiotic preparations.

         d. Microbiome–gut–brain axis.

         e. Gut microbiota and disease management.

         i. Influence of diet on the gut microbiome.

Session 11: One Health Approach to Combat Antibiotic/Antimicrobial Resistance 

a. Educate society (including medical personnel) about the antimicrobial resistance (AMR), improve hygiene measures, and reduce the risk of the emergence of the new resistant strain.
b. Historical data, understanding of the molecular basis of AMR and development of new mechanisms of resistance.
c. Develop new vaccines and alternatives to antimicrobials such as antibodies, probiotics, prebiotics, symbiotics, among others.
d. Build a global coalition for action against AMR and address it using One Health approach.

**We are planning workshop on this section whcih will offer strategies for improving efficiency of "One Health Aproach" to build a global coalition for action against Antibiotic/Antimicrobial and Radiation Resistance.

Session 12:  Research and Development of New Functional Food Products for Chronic and Infectious Diseases and for General Health

        a. Incentives for functional and healthy food research and development.

        b. Consumer acceptance of healthy and functional food products.

        c. Functional food composition and dietary intake databases.

        d. Food vehicles for delivery bioactive compounds.

        e. Research, development and marketing of new healthy and functional food products.

        f. Evaluation of Functional Food Products by using Basic Principles of Functional Food Science.

*Please note: Abstract Submission Deadline is: April 30th, 2024 5 pm (PST)