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FFC's 23rd International Conference and Expo on Functional Foods - 11th Int. Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice. April 24-25, 2018, San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA, USA

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Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 23rd International Conference and Expo on Functional Foods "Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice." The conference will be held at San Diego on April 24-25, 2018. The 23rd International Conference of Functional Food Center 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, as well as for health promotion.


Main Conference Topics/Sessions:

Main Topics/Sessions at the 23rd FFC International Conference will include:

  • The Status of Functional Foods in Japan, USA, and Other Countries
  • Health Claims: Nutraceutical, Functional, and Medical Food Regulations
  • Functional Foods and Chronic Diseasesa
  1. Functional Foods and Obesity
  2. Functional Foods and Diabetes
  3. Neurological Diseases
  4. Cardiovascular Diseases
  5. Functional Foods and Cancer
  6. Functional Foods and other Chronic Diseases
  7. The Effects of bioactive molecules on Biomarkers of Chronic Diseases
  • The Effects of Nutrition and Functional Foods on Aging and Health
  • Functional Foods, Bioactive Compounds, and Microbiome
  • Safety of Bioactive Compounds and Functional Foods
  • Special session: Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Bioactive compounds
  • Special Session: MicroRNAs from foods
  • Special Session: Food Bioactive Compounds, Biomarkers, and Functional Foods: Promising Concept for Chronic Disease and Healthy Aging
  • Special Session: Coffee consumption benefits and adverse events. Session Chair: Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Special session: Dietary Nitrite and Nitrate. Session Chair: Nathan S. Bryan, Ph.D., Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX USA
  • Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

You may suggest and organize your own special session.

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

Call for Abstracts:

Deadline for abstract submission: January 30, 2018, 5pm (PST). The entire abstract should have a maximum of 1,000 words, up to three pages (including references). There is no up-front fee for submitting a conference abstract. Once the abstract is generally accepted for the conference, the corresponding/first author is responsible to pay the abstract publication fee of $49 within 10 days. Failure to pay the abstract publication fee within 10 days after abstract acceptance day will result in a late abstract publication fee of $99. First authors are expected to register, pay the conference and abstract 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 Please review our sample abstract.

There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract before January 30, 2018. 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, to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before January 30, 2018.

Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after January 30, 2018, 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 January 30, 2018, at 5 pm will not be accepted). For any information concerning publications please contact us at 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:

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. Remember that pictures, tables, and figures are key to any poster display. At least 50% of the surface area should be used for photos, graphs, or diagrams. Good use of color and the use of black or dark blue for text. Too much color can be hard to read! One or two large high-quality photographs attract attention. 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. 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 for two days. It will also cover 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.

Cancellation Policy: Before November 30, 2017: 75% refund; before January 30, 2017: 50% refund; after January 30, 2018: No refund. Reimbursements will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat, at: All refunds will be provided after the conference within 14 days.

You may click here to make a payment for the conference registration fee. Early Bird Registration Fee will be available until December 1st, 2017.

  Early Bird Registration Standard Rate
Full-Time Students* $225 $325
Dietitians and Retired Professionals* $295 $395
USDA, NIH, FDA $395 $495
Academic (Researchers at Universities) $495 $595
Commercial $595 $695
Exhibitor/Vendor $695 $795
Abstract Publication Fee $49 $49
Late Publication Fee $99
Explore San Diego $45 $55

*Must present ID

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

Students enrolled in an undergraduate program (MS, Ph.D. or MD) are eligible for the Student Discount rate. When you register for the conference, you must enter your mentor's name and Email address during checkout to verify your student status.


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 8166-202-0487