15th International Conference of FFC - Third International Symposium of ASFFBC:
Mental, Neurological and other Chronic Disorders:  Bio-markers, Bioactive Compounds, and Functional Foods May 10-11, 2014, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany

18th International Conference of FFC - 6th International Symposium of ASFFBC 

Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers

September 15-16, 2015, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

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Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 18th International Conference "Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers". The conference will be held at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA on September 15-16, 2015. This conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases.

Main Conference Topics/Sessions

Session: Functional Foods and Obesity

  • Epidemiology of obesity
  • The modern mechanisms of obesity; energy metabolism and obesity; neurobiological mechanisms of obesity; microbiological mechanisms of obesity; pathophysiologic mechanisms of obesity
  • Biomarkers of obesity
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of obesity

Session: Functional Foods and Diabetes

  • Epidemiology of diabetes
  • The modern mechanisms of diabetes
  • Biomarkers of diabetes
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of diabetes

Session: Functional Foods and Neurological Diseases

  • Epidemiology of mental and neurological diseases
  • Mechanisms of neurological diseases
  • Biomarkers of different mental and neurological diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of neurological diseases
  • Functional foods for mental and neurological diseases 

Session: Functional Foods and Cardiovascular diseases (CVD)

  • Epidemiology of CVD
  • Biomarkers of different cardiovascular diseases
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of cardiovascular diseases

Session: Functional Foods and Cancer

  • Epidemiology of Cancer
  • Biomarkers of different types of cancer
  • The effects of functional food and bioactive compounds on biomarkers of different types of cancer

Session: Functional Foods/Nutraceuticals and Cancer. Session Chair: Jin-Rong Zhou, PhD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Director, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.

Session: Bioactive Polysaccharides: Structures and Functional Properties. Session Chair: Steve Cui, PhD, Guelph Food Research Centre, Ontario, Canada

Session: Functional foods and other non-communicable diseases

Session: Medical foods with bioactive compound(s) for the management and prevention of non-     communicable diseases.

  • Medical food for diabetes
  • Medical foods for neurological diseases
  • Medical foods for CVD
  • The effects of medical food on biomarkers of non-communicable diseases

Session: Safety of the Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods

  • Safety of the bioactive compounds at efficacious levels
  • Safety of the functional foods at efficacious levels
  • Regulatory issues and health claims

Session: Research and development of new functional food products for non-communicable diseases

Call for Abstracts: 

The abstract submission deadline extended to July 31, 2015. The entire abstract should have a maximum of 650 words, up to three pages (including references). There is no up-front fee for submitting a conference abstract. Failure to register will result in an additional abstract publication fee of $49. First authors are expected to register, pay the conference fee, and present the paper (if submission is accepted). In the case of an emergency and the author(s) are unable to attend the conference, they are required to pay an abstract publication fee of $99. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net. See our sample abstract.

There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract. In the case that the first author cannot attend the conference and present, he or she must contact the conference organizing committee via e-mail at ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net, to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before July 31, 2015. 

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after June 17, 2015, will be published and the first author will be expected to pay the abstract publication fee. The conference does not provide financial support nor registration fee waivers for any presentations.

To avoid the last-minute rush, submit your abstract in advance. Abstracts received by the Conference Organizing Committee after July 31, 2015 at 5 pm will not be accepted. For any information concerning publications please contact us ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net. For more information about abstract submission, click here.

Instructions for Poster Presenters:

Poster presentations allow the audience to get a clear visual of the presenters' work in a simple format. The reasonable size for posters is 2.5 - 3.0 feet high by 3.5 - 4 feet wide.

Poster Presentation Recommendations:
  1. The poster should clearly present the title, the author(s), affiliation(s), and a description of the research, along with highlighting the abstract's major elements.
  2. Remember that pictures, tables, and figures are key to any poster display.
  3. At least 50% of the surface area should be used for photos, graphs, or diagrams.
  4. Good use of color and the use of black or dark blue for text. Too much color can be hard to read!
  5. One or two large high-quality photographs attract attention.
  6. Make the title large and clear! Include author(s) name(s) and address(es). Your poster title should be easily readable from 3 - 4 meters away.
  7. We recommend the following sections on the poster: Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Tables, Figures, Results, and Conclusions.
For more information about poster sessions, please click here.

Registration Fees:

The registration fee will cover the Conference Proceedings book (Abstract book) and lunches and refreshments for two days. It will also cover a 12 month membership to the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds.

Cancellation Policy: Two months before conference: 75% refund; 45 days before conference: 50% refund; one month before conference: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat, at:  ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net. All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

You may click here to make a payment for the conference registration fee.

Conference registration fees are in USD (Early Bird Registration by May 17, 2015)

Category Early Bird
Registration Fee ($)
Standard Rate ($)
Full Time Students 295 345
USDA, NIH, FDA 395 495
Academic 495 645
Commercial 645 795
Exhibitor/Vendor 995 1295
Abstract Publication Fee 49 49


Please note: space at this conference is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Paper Submission:

Abstract submission deadline: July 31, 2015. Full-text papers for oral presentations or posters should be submitted before July 17, 2015. Power Points for oral presentations should be submitted before August 27, 2015. Please send all documents to ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net.

* Please note that the program and sessions are subject to change 

For more information about the conference, please contact us by e-mail at ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net.   For international calls, please use: 469-441-8272, Toll free: 1-866-202-0487 8166-202-0487