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24th International Conference of FFC - 12th International Symposium of ASFFBC

Functional Foods, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases: Science and Practice

September 20-21, 2018, at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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Conference Preliminary Program

September 20, 2018

8:15 -8:45 Registrations

8:45-8:50 Welcome and opening remarks: Jin-Rong (Joseph) Zhou, Co-chairman: Ph.D, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA; Danik Martirosyan, Co-chairman, PhD: President, Functional Food Center; Dallas, TX, USA.

Session 1: Functional Food Definition, Status, and Regulation. Session chairs: Nicholas V. Perricone, MD, Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, East Lansing, MI, USA.

Danik Martirosyan, PhD, Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA. FFC's advancement of functional food definition: Evaluating scientific evidence

Tom O'Bryan, MD, Educator and Physician at the, Celiac Disease/Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmunity, Functional Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA. The Dangers of a Gluten-Free Diet

Willette M Crawford, PhD, MPH, Principal Consultant & Owner at Katalyst Consulting LLC, Instructor at Northeastern University, San Francisco. The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): the safety of functional and healthy foods and regulatory challenges

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA. Regulation of functional foods in USA and Japan.

Karen Lau, Senior Adviser Supplemented Food, Biosecurity Science, Food Science and Risk Assessment Directorate, Ministry for Primary Industries,  Wellington, New Zealand. Functional food regulation in New Zealand

10:40-11:00 Coffee Break

Session: Functional Foods and Mental Health

Uma Naidoo, MD, Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (Mood-Food Expert), Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Functional foods and the impact on anxiety and mood

Leena Pradhan-Nabzdyk, PhD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Principal Investigator and Co-Director of Research Training Programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA. Genomics and functional foods

Joshua M. Kotfila, PhD, RDN,  Product Developer, Owner, Principal Consultant at Natural Product Innovations, Boston, MA, USA. Claims substantiation of functional foods

Lunch: 12:00-13:00

Session: Functional Foods Consumption: Product Development, Marketing and Consumer

Sam Teece, MPH, RDN, LDN, Consultant Dietitian at Sam Teece Nutrition Consulting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Marketing for better heart health: Exploring the consumer perspective of Functional Foods as related to cardiovascular disease

Oluwatoyin Oluwole, PhD, Professor, Director and Head of Department of Food Technology of the Federal Institute of Industrial Research Oshodi Lagos Nigeria. Integrating Functional food consumption needs into Food Industry

Gina Galvan, CEO, Mood for Food Consult - Product Innovation and Strategic Development for Food and Beverage
Orange County, California, USA. How functionality is driving new product innovation in consumer goods

Victoria Pardo Uzitas, Managing Director, Food Science, Consumer Package Goods, UbiquityBiz, Carlsbad CA, USA. Presentation topic: Creating Trends: How food companies are bridging scientific discovery and consumer need in the quest for the next great product

Session: The Human Microbiome, Diet, Functional Foods, and Health

Nilla Ghanei, PhD in Nutrition Sciences, The Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL, USA. The effect of probiotic supplementation on clinical, endocrinal and immunological parameters in women with polycystic ovary syndrome 

Gabriela Riscuta MD, CNS, Program Director, Nutritional Science Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA. The effect of probiotics on cancer, mood and emotions: clinical trials and epidemiological studies

Coffee break and networking

Functional Food Quality, Safety, Authenticity, Defense, and Security

Darin Detwiler, LP.D., Assistant Dean, Professor of Food Policy and Regulatory Compliance, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies, Boston, MA, USA. Food industry's imperatives for food quality, safety, authenticity, defense, and security

Rohana Lazo, Quality Specialist at Beautycounter, Quality Assurance, Beautycounter, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Food safety and quality

Joel Radford, Senior Food Industry Professional, ASQ & HACCP Certified, Boise, Idaho Area, USA. Food defense the emerging risk

Session: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compound(s): Prevention and Management of Non-communicable Diseases

Amrendra Ajay, PhD, Consultant at Tilos Therapeutics, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Functional food in chronic kidney disease

Kuhu Roy, PhD, Nutrition Consultant, Vadodara, Gujarat, India. Role of Silymarin in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: The role of silymarin in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Time to clear the mist

Georgios Pyrgiotakis, PhD, Research Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA. Nanotechnology and nanotoxicology for functional foods and human health and disease

Machelle Seibel, MD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA. Foods and nutrition to help manage menopause

16:15-17:00 Poster Session

Conference closing

Following the first day of the conference on the evening of September 20, 2018, we would like to invite all attendees and speakers to come enjoy an enjoyable networking opportunity with us! The event will take place at JM Conference Center at Harvard Medical School from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

September 21, 2018

Special Session: Nutrition and Functional Foods for Patients with Prediabetes and Diabetes

8:45 Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C, USA. The deadly triangle: A novel nutritional concept comprising insulin resistance, central fat accumulation as well as aging and its metabolic perturbations

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, USA
Blood pressure interplay between dietary sugars and salt in diabetics

Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA. Protective efficacy of mango (Mangifera indica) and Mangigerin in pre-diabetics

Coffee Break and Networking

Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease:

Temitope F.A Abu, PhD, Food Science and Technology, Parkville, Baltimore MD, USA. Comparative study of the effects of germination and fermentation on antioxidant properties of African locust beans (Parkia biglobosa) seeds

Sheila Wicks, MD, MBA, Department of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA. Resveratrol and dietary anthocyanins reduce osteoblast apoptosis, increase osteoblast proliferastion, and reduce osteoclastogenesis in transgenic medaka

Sajid Maqsood, PhD, Professor, Food Science Department, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University Al Ain Abu Dhabi Al Ain United Arab Emirates. Novel bioactive peptides from camel milk protein hydrolysates as potential functional food ingredients

Hairong Cheng, PhD, Professor, State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China. Recent progress in functional sugars synthesis by the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica

12:00-13:00 Lunch

Session: Functional Food Ingredients: Sources and Potential Benefits in Public Health

Nuria Martínez Sáez, PhD, Research professor at Basque Culinary Center, Faculty of Gastronomic Sciences, Mondragón University, Spain. Teas and herbal infusions as sources of melatonin and other bioactive non-nutrient components 

Ghanya Al-Naqeb, PhD, Associated Professor, Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy at The Julius-Maximilians University, Wurzburg, Bavaria, Germany. Selected of herbal Yemeni plants as a Functional Foods

Dolores del Castillo, PhD,  Senior Scientist, Head of Food Bioscience Group CIAL (UAM-CSIC), Higher Council for Scientific Research and the Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain. Functional properties of coffee and coffee by-products

Session: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

Mira Dessy, Nutritionist, Nutrition Educator, Public Speaker, The Ingredient Guru, Spring Texas, USA. How to read the label and understand what's really in your food

Renee Parriott, PhD, Food Science Professor at Montclair State University, Boston, MA, USA. Research and Development of Functional Food Products in US

Sylvia Tam, CEO, Creator of delicious and functional snacks, Founder at Beviva Foods, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Research, development & marketing of new functional food products

Renee Parriott, PhD, Food Science Professor at Montclair State University, Boston, MA, USA. Research and Development of Healthy and Functional Food Products in US

Christy Kadharmestan, Senior Formulator, International Research & Development, Pharmavite LLC, Valencia, CA, USA. Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

Christina Khoo, Director, Global Health Science & Nutrition Policy at Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc, Lakeville, MA, USA. Cranberries: Strategies to Deliver a Unique North American Super Fruit for Health

Coffee Break

General Session

Bashir Bello, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy, Federal University, Gashua, Nigeria. Genetic relatedness of Fusarium verticillioides causing ear rot in quality protein maize

Nancy Knight, Director of Quality and Regulatory Compliance at Orgain, San Diego, CA, USA. Non-GMO Transparency: Understanding your Options

Ruud Albers, PhD, CEO, Founder (recognized global expert in nutrition, immune function, inflammation, and gastro-intestinal health), NutriLeads Ingredients for Health,  Wageningen Gelderland, Netherlands. Development of innovative natural immunomodulatory health ingredient from carrots. 

Gianluca Tognon, Founder, Epidemiologist at The Food Scientist; Gothenburg Vastra Gotaland, Sweden. Is cheese a functional food?

Negar Jamshidi, PhD Student, 

16:10-16:50 Poster Session

16:50-17:00 Awards and Certificates

17:00-17:15 Conference Closing

Please note: Schedule subject to change.