12th International Conference

In the Series: Functional Foods in the Prevention and Management of  Chronic Diseases

Functional Food Ingredients and Nutraceuticals in Chronic Disease: Science and Practice

November 29-December 1, 2012, SMU, Dallas, TX, USA

Together with the Department of Biology, SMU, we are very pleased to announce the International Conference "Functional Food Ingredients and Nutraceuticals in Chronic Disease: Science and Practice". It will be held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX (USA).

The conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional foods and bioactive compounds in the prevention and management  of chronic diseases.


Main Conference Topics:

1. Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and  Potential Benefits in Public Health
2. Functional Food Ingredients and Chronic Diseases
3. Role of Functional Food Ingredients in Nutrigenomics, Nutrigenetics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics
4. Functional and Medical Foods in the Management of Chronic Diseases: Obesity, Diabetes, CVD, Cancer and other Chronic Diseases
5. Research and Development of Functional and Medical Food Products

For detailed information about conference topics, please click here. 


Call for Abstracts: The deadline for abstract submission is October 14, 2012The entire abstract should have a maximum of 650 words; up to three pages. There is no up front fee for submitting a conference abstract. An abstract must be submitted knowing that the submission fee will be deducted from your conference registration payment. Within a week of abstract acceptance, authors should pay the publication fee of $49, or finish registration with the payment of conference registration fee.  First authors are expected to register, pay the conference fee, and present the paper if their submission is accepted by the conference committee. The abstract publication fee without a conference registration is $99.00. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via email. All contributions will be reviewed and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please submit all abstracts electronically by email at ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net, in an attached file. See also our sample abstract.

There is no charge for withdrawal of an abstract. If the first author cannot attend the conference and present, he or she must contact the conference organizing committee by e-mail at ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before the October 14, 2012. Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after October 14, 2012 will be published and the first author will be expected to pay the abstract publication fee. The conference does provides neither financial support nor registration fee waivers for presentations.  

To avoid the last-minute rush, submit your abstract in advance. Abstracts reaching the Conference Organizing Committee after October 14, 2012 at 5 pm, will not be accepted. For any information concerning publications, please contact us at ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net. For more information about abstract submission please click  here.

Instructions for Poster Presentation: Conference Poster Presentations: Poster presentations give the audience a clear visual of what the presenter is saying in a simple format. The reasonable size for posters is 2.5 – 3.0 feet high by 3.5 - 4.0 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; 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 it the title large and clear! Include author(s) name(s) and address(es). Your poster title should be easily readable 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 (Abstracts), free transportation from the hotel to the university, and lunch and refreshments during conference days. It will also cover a 6 month membership to the FFC.

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


Registration fees:

Full Time Students* and PhD Students*


Registered Dietitians* and Nurses*


Representatives of governmental and public organizations (NIH, USDA, FDA, etc)


Members of Industry (Food and Medical Industry)


Members of Academia




*Letter of verification required by E-mail 

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


Lodging Information:  Rooms are reserved with the Radisson Hotel Central/ Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities  Dallas, which will soon be called the "Holiday Inn Dallas Park Cities". The hotel is within walking distance to Mockingbird Station, “where the in-crowd flocks”; an entertainment complex featuring restaurants, retail, a movie theater, nightlife and more. Also, this hotel is within walking distance to SMU (Southern Methodist University), or guests may simply walk one block to the nearest DART rail station. Indulge in world-class shopping at North Park Mall, or visit the Dallas Art Complex for your taste of inspiration. 

Conference attendees will be eligible to receive a special rate of US $109 + tax, per night (breakfast included).  This rate is available now through November 14th, 2012. To make a reservation, please call (800)-333-3333 or 214-750-6060, and mention the "Functional Foods Conference" in order to get the special rate of $109.00 per night. Or if you prefer, you may reserve your hotel room online at http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/dallas/dfwhi/hoteldetail?groupCode=FFS, using the promotional code: FFS.  

Hotel Location: 6060 N. Central Expressway, Dallas Texas 75206, USA. Phone: 214-750-6060, Fax: 214-750-5959

For more information about the  the conference, please contact us by E-mail at ffc_usa@sbcglobal.net. For international calls, please use (1)-469-441-8272.