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Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds - ASFFBC

Mission Statement: This society was founded to build alliances between scientists, field experts and their peers from around the world in order to increase global awareness of functional and medical foods and improve the health and wellness of people worldwide.

Since 1998, Functional Food Center Inc. has been actively involved in the research and development of functional foods and bioactive compounds, particularly through the publication of books, articles and our journal: Functional Foods in Health and Disease. Our community of authors, subscribers, advisors and other affiliates has grown enormously over time. In addition, we are honored to count members of governing agencies such as the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other entities among our past and present conference participants.

In response to the growth of this field, we are proud to introduce the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC). This society of medical doctors, scientists, dietitians, nutritionists and other food and medical industry professionals will be strictly dedicated to the research and development of functional and medical foods, bioactive compounds, nutraceuticals and the discovery of new ingredients and scientific techniques. Dr. Danik Martirosyan will govern this Academic Society, along with current members of the International Scientific Advisory Panel for Functional Food Center, Inc.


  • Building symbiotic relationships and collaborations between field experts who may otherwise be isolated
  • Promoting events, special edition journal issues, and major updates within registered organizations
  • Matching students with mentors or qualified organizations in order to facilitate internships
  • Educating students and interested individuals on the advantages of nutritional analysis, and verifying claims made by product manufacturers
  • Providing an index of preferred journals, associations, institutes, and other available resources
  • Encouraging industries to prioritize nutritional analysis and develop products based on scientific research
  • Providing resources for industries to improve the functional success of their products
  • Instructing food industry leaders, clinicians, and the general public on available research and applications for functional foods and bioactive compounds, in order to prevent deceptive business practices
  • Matching scientists who develop formulae for functional food and bioactive compounds with industries capable of production and marketing
  • Providing forums for open discussion of new research developments, techniques, and ideas

    Criteria for Members

    • Recognized experts in related fields
    • MD, PhD, or other advanced degree in scientific field related to functional foods
    • Nutritionists and Registered Dieticians with an established interest in scientific research surrounding functional foods and nutraceuticals
    • Students currently enrolled in an advanced degree with a relevant field
    • Food and Medical Industry Representatives
    • Other interested candidates must submit a current CV

    Annual Membership Fees

    • Full Time Students and Graduate Students - $99 
    • Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Non-Physician Category Clinicians - $129
    • Representatives of Federal and Public Organizations (NIH, FDA, USDA, etc.) - $149
    • Academic Educators and Scientists (M.D., PhD, etc.) - $199
    • Food and Medical Industry Representatives - $249.00
    • Corporate Memberships – Beneficiaries include up to 5 chief officers or business leaders - $1500