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  at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. 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

Presentation Topic: The use of oral Membrane Lipid Replacement with glycerolphospholipids to treat systemic pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and fatigue in fibromyalgia patients.

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

Presentation Topic: Evaluating scientific evidence: Functional, medical and healthy Food

Akinori Yanaka, MD, PhD, Professor, Hitachi Medical Education and Research Center, University of Tsukuba, Hitachi Ibaraki,  Japan

Presentation Topic: Chemoprevention against gastointestinal cancer by Sulforaphane

Dragan M. Djuric, MD, PhD, professor, Executive Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences (IACS); President, Serbian Association for Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology Research; Professor of Physiology and Founder, PhD Program in Physiological Sciences, Institute of Medical Physiology “Richard Burian“; Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. 

Presentation Topic: Sulfur amino acids homocysteine and methionine: overview of the cardiovascular effects in rats

Session organizer:  Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Naranjan S. Dhalla, PhD, MD (Hon), Distinguished Professor & Senior Fellow, Centre for the Advancement of Medicine, Director of Cardiovascular Developments, SBRC, Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre, University of Manitoba, Max Rady College of Medicine,  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Presentation Topic: Modification of cardiovascular dysfunction by treatment with some vitamins

Session: : Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Devendra K. Agrawal, Ph.D.(Biochem), Ph.D.(Med. Sciences), Professor and Chairman, Department of Clinical & Translational Science, The Peekie Nash Carpenter Endowed Chair in Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, USA

Presentation Topic: Vitamin D deficiency accelerates intimal hyperplasia and restenosis following coronary intervention

Session: : Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Vladimir Jakovljevic, MD, PhD, President, Professor of Physiology and Dean, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Kragujevac, Kragujevac, Serbia

Presentation Topic: Polyphenols as nutritional supplements in cardiovascular health protection: from basic science to applied investigations

Session: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Grant Pierce, Professor, Executive Director of Research, St Boniface Hospital and Distinguished Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Presentation Topic: Supplementation of the diet with flaxseed - its effects on cardiovascular health

Session: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Bram Ramjiawan, PhD, Director of Research, Asper Clinical Research Institute, Director of Research, Innovation and Regulatory Affairs, Director Office of Clinical Research, St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Presentation Topic: Facts and Controversies Associated with the Assessment and Use of Vitamin D.

Session: Vitamins, Nutrients and Nutritional Supplements In Cardiovascular Health and Dysfunction

Roberto Giovannoni, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Pisa, Tuscany, Italy

Presentation Topic: The nutraceutical revolution: food as safe drug synthesis and delivery system

Longying Zha, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrtion and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, Southern Medical University, North Guangzhou, Guangdong, China

Presentation topic: The Modulation of Soyasaponins on Toll-like Receptor 4 signaling pathway in Macrophages

Christine D. Wu, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Dentistry, Chicago, IL, USA

Presentation Topic: Functional Foods for Oral Health

Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Session Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine-Houston, TX, USA

Special Session organizer: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. 

Presentation Topic: Evidence for Consideration of Dietary Guidelines for Nitrite and Nitrate

James R. Coughlin, PhD, Certified Food Scientist, President, Coughlin & Associates: Experienced independent Ph.D. consultant in food chemistry and nutritional toxicology, with a 4-decade demonstrated history of working successfully in the food and beverage, dietary supplement and consumer packaged goods' industry, Aliso Viejo, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Unfounded Risks of Nitrite and Nitrate in Humans: The Need for a New Framework Based on Their Health Benefits

Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate.

Norman Hord, PhD, MPH, RD, Head, School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Professor in Public Health and Human Sciences, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis,OR, USA

Tentative Presentation Topic:  Dietary nitrate and nitrite concentrations in food patterns and dietary supplements

Special Session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate.

Huifang Xie, PhD Student, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Invitro digestibility of the starch-guar complex of maize starch with varying amylose content related to diabetes

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

Presentation Topic: Fenugreek seeds as a good source of bioactive compounds 

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: The effects of probiotics on cancer, and on gut-brain axis

Lyle Fried, Scientific Advisor, Board Member, Geneus Health  Lucie, Florida, USA

Presentation Topic: Reward Deficiency Syndrome and Neuro-nutrient Solutions

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

Cannabinoids in Wellness Products and Functional Foods 

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.

Presentation Topic: Black Cohosh (Actaea Racemosa) Extracts and Compounds Enhance Osteoblastogenesis in hFOB Osteoblasts by Acting as HDAC Agonists

Sonia Morya, PhD, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator, Assistant Professor at Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, India.

Presentation topic: Prebiotics and probiotics in health and disease.

Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Dr. Tom O'Bryan, Educator and Physician at the Dr.com, San Diego, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Functional medicine approach to identifying food-related disorders

Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China

Presentation Topic: Yarrowia lipolytica, an excellent brewer of our better life

Afrozul Haq, Professor & Head, Department of Food Technology, Jamia Hamdard, India

Presentation Topic: Advances in food fortification with emphasis on vitamin D and human health

Asim K. Duttaroy, MD, PhD, Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Oslo,  Norway

Presentation Topic: Development of EFSA approved cardioprotective functional food ingredients

Abdulrazzaque Qureshi, clinical-nutritionists at A H Qureshi Clinical Dev. Center, Solapur, Maharashtra, India

Presentation Topic: Hypothyroidism like syndrome due to goetrogenic food

Heidi Lynch, PhD, RD, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, California, USA

Presentation Topic: Plant-based diets and exercise performance

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

Nole Tsabang, Visiting lecturer at the Univsrsity of Dschang, Department of Animal Biology, Laboratory of Animal Physiology and Phytopharmacology, University of Dschang, Dschang, Cameroon

Presentation Topic: Reconstitution of cancer's ethnomedical treatment by the one boy local therapist (1888-1959) in Fong-Tongo, Cameroon

Carl Germano, Vice President, Research and Development Department, Verdant Oasis, New York, USA

Presentation Topic: The importance of the endocannabinoid system, hemp chytocannabinoids & your health

Sanjay Singh, Head R&D (Nutrition) at Jubilant Life-sciences Ltd, North East Delhi, Delhi, India

Presentation Topic: MicroEncapsulation of nutrients 

Harsheen Chaudhary, Consulting Dietitian at Aayushi clinic Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Presentation Topic: Eating pattern of young adolescents and it's link to increased BMI and obesity 

Bharat Bhushan, PhD, Senior Research Fellow at National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Karnal, India    

Presentation Topic: Selection and use of vitamin producing lactobacilli

Ming Du, PhD, Professor, Food Science and Technology, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian Liaoning, China 

Presentation Topic: Beneficial effects of lactoferrin on bone health of human

Belal J Muhialdin, PhD, Post-Doctoral Researcher at Universiti Putra Malaysia, Putra Jaya, Malaysia. Experienced in Food Microbiology, Fermentation, Food Safety

Presentation Topic: Metabolomics profiling of selected fermented plant-based foods correlated to their antimicrobial activity towards multi drug resistant pathogenic bacteria

Maria Bronze, MD, PhD, Researcher, Food and Health Division, iBET, Oeiras, Portugal

Presentation Topic: Olive oil and health benefits

Tatiana Korolenko, PhD, Professor, Department of Experimental Neurodegeneration, Institute of Physiology and Fundamental Medicine, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation

Presentation Topic: Hypolipidemic effects of mannans in mice with dyslipidemia

Prakash Kondekar, Director, Indian Institute of Naturopathy, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Presentation Topic: Nutraceutical, the better medicine for 21st Century.

Ulku Demirci, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Gedik, Istanbul, Turkey

Presentation Topic: Mannan-oligosaccharides (MOS) in the gastrointestinal tract


Di Wu, Ph.D. student, School of Food Science and Technology, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian, China

Presentation Topic: Identification and analysis of bioactive peptides from scallops (Chlamys farreri) protein by simulated gastrointestinal digestion

Ilkay Gok, PhD, Foog Engineer, Culinary Researcher, School of Applied Disciplines, Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Presentation Topic: Consumer preferences, marketing size, regulations and labeling of functional foods in Turkey

Robert Rucker, PhD, Emeritus Professor, University of California – Davis, Department of Nutrition (One Shields Avenue), Davis, CA, 95616, USA. 

Presentation Topic: Pyrroloquinoline Quinone: Its Importance to Mitochondriogenesis

Eric Banan-Mwine Daliri, PHD Candidate, Functional food and beverage developer, Researcher, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Kangwon National University Gangwondaehak-gil, Seoksa-dong, Gangwon-do Chuncheon, Korea

Presentation Topic: Novel angiotensin I-converting enzyme inhibitory peptides from soy protein isolates reduce high blood pressure in SHR and alter gut microbiota

Hongyu Wang, MD, Vice president of PKUSG, Director and Professor, Peking University Shougang Hospital, Beijing, China

Presentation topic: Vascular health promotion program in China

Tianying Wu,MD,PhD, Associate professor, School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: Predictors of circulating nitrates: Red meat in relation to inflammation in past smokers

Adebiyi Alexander, PhD, Home Economic Department, Federal College of Education Special, Oyo, Nigeria

Presentation Topic: Effect of gamma irradiation on functional and pasting properties of Bambara groundnut

Hameed Khan, PhD, Senior Scientist, NCMRR at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

Presentation Topic: On the Impact of Sequencing Human Genome on the Novel Drug Design and the Discovery of AZQ (US Patent 4,146, 622) Specifically Designed to shut off a gene that causes Brain Cancer.

Sara Haddad Tabrizi, PhD, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA, USA

Presentation Topic: The Effect of Bioactive Peptide Extracted from Soybean, Lunasin, on Cardiometabolic Risk Factors