Functional Food Center

FFC's 26th International Conference and Expo -
14th Int. Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds and Nutraceuticals in Health and Disease

May 9-10, 2019, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

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Prospective Speakers:

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 and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and Professor of Comparative Pathology at Texas A & M University. 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 Nominee. Dr. Garth Nicolson is an Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease

Kanakaraju Kaliannan MD

Kanakaraju Kaliannan MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA.

Session Chair: Metabolic Syndrome and Gut Microbiome

Presentation Topic: Synergistic effects of omega 3 fatty acids and genistein on gut microbiome is associated with prevention metabolic syndrome 

Danik Martirosyan

Danik Martirosyan, (Conference Co-Chairman) PhD., President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA.

Session: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products.

Presentation Topic: Evaluating Scientific Evidence: Functional, Medical and Healthy Food

Manashi Bagchi

Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA.

Session Chair: Metabolic Syndrome

Presentation Topic: Metabolic Syndrome: Diabetes, Obesity and Arteritis

Anureet Kaur, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nutrition at California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Fenugreek seeds as a good source of bioactive compounds (Topick Pending)

Gabriela Riscuta MD

Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA.

Session Chair: Immunonutrition and Human Health

Presentation Topic: Consensus Statement on Immunonutrition

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, ReGenera R&D International for Aging Intervention, Milano, Italy.

Presentation Topic Pending: Beneficial effect on original powdered fermented papaya preparation (FPP-ORI) vs gel form and xylitol in modulating oral metabolome and inflammatory molecules 

Nancy J. Emenaker

Nancy J. Emenaker, PhD, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Session co-chair: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Cancer (Presentation Topic Pending)

Melody Harwood, Director, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at Neptune Wellness Solutions Greater Los Angeles Area

Cannabinoids in Wellness Products and Functional Foods (Topic Pending)

Debasis Bagchi

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA 

Session: Nutrition, Functional Foods and Child Obesity (session co-chair)

Presentation topic: 

Victoria Pardo Uzitas

Victoria Pardo Uzitas, Managing Director, Food Science, Consumer Package Goods, UbiquityBiz, Carlsbad CA, USA

Presentation topic: Creating Trends: How food companies are bridging scientific discovery and consumer need in the quest for the next great product (Presentation Topic Pending)

Sheila Wicks

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. Vitamin D2 induces apoptosis in breast and colon cancer cell lines via caspase 3/7 and 8 and has synergistic effects with vitamin D3 and all-trans-retinoic acid (Presentation Topic Pending)

Sylvia Tam

Sylvia Tam, CEO, Creator of delicious and functional snacks, Founder at Beviva Foods, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Research, development & marketing of new functional food products (Presentation Topic Pending)

Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Dr. Tom O'Bryan, Educator and Physician at, Celiac Disease/Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmunity, Functional Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

The Dangers of a Gluten-Free Diet

Christy Kadharmestan

Christy Kadharmestan, Senior Formulator, International Research & Development, Pharmavite LLC, Valencia, CA, USA

Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products (Presentation Topic Pending)

María Dolores del Castillo, PhD, Head of Food Bioscience group, Department of Food Analysis and Bioactivity, Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL, CSIC-UAM), Madrid, Spain.

Presentation Topic: Lipid biomarkers for validation of spent coffee grounds as a healthy dietary fiber

Willette M Crawford

Willette M Crawford, PhD, MPH, Principal Consultant & Owner at Katalyst Consulting LLC, Instructor at Northeastern University, San Francisco

The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): the safety of functional and healthy foods and regulatory challenges (Presentation Topic Pending)

Nuria Martínez Saez

Nuria Martínez Sáez, PhD, Research professor at Basque Culinary Center, Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences, Mondragón University, Spain

Teas and herbal infusions as sources of melatonin and other bioactive non-nutrient components (Presentation Topic Pending)

Berned Markert

Berned Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks, Haren/Ems, Germany.

Topic of Presentation: Lithium as phase stabilizer for neurological diseases: bipolar disorders

Norma Flood, Registered Dietitian, Nutrition Counselor and Educator, Outreach Speaker for Schools and Community Groups

Special Session: Dietitian's Point of View

Presentation Topic: Functional Nutrition: Microbiome and mental health, digestive health or eating disorders

Sherene Chou, MS RD, Lecturer at California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA; Sustainable Food & Nutrition Consultant

Special Session: Dietitian's Point of View
Presentation Topic: Integrating culinary medicine into medical education

Simon Itsygin, PhD, President at Czar Salt, Greater San Diego, CA, USA

Session: Current Research and Development of New Healthy and Functional Food Products.

Presentation Topic: A new technologies to process marine raw materials and ready to use products such as gourmet sea salt, algae dried biomass, food supplements and cosmetics

Uwe Albrecht, MD, Mediconomics GmbH, Hannover, Germany.

Presentation Topic: Detoxification: Natural scavenger clinoptilolite for removal of heavy metals from the body.