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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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Potential Speakers

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 & the Impact on Anxiety and Mood

Amrendra Ajay, PhD, Session Chair and Lecturer, Consultant at Tilos Therapeutics, Instructor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Session Chair: Functional Food in Chronic Kidney Disease

Functional Food in Chronic Kidney Disease

Machelle Seibel, MD, Member of Faculty at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA
Founder and Editor at The Hot Years™ - My Menopause Magazine Foods and Nutrition to Help Manage Menopause.

 Foods and Nutrition to Help Manage Menopause

Danik Martirosyan, PhD., President, Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute, Dallas, TX, USA.

Session Chair: Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

 FFC's Advancement of Functional Food Definition: Evaluating Scientific Evidence

Jin-Rong (Joseph) Zhou, PhD., Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Session Chair and Lecturer: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Cancer

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

Hossein Mirmiranpour, MD, PhD, Assistant professor in Biochemistry, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Trhran, Iran. 

Assessment of flabone effect on oxidants and antioxidants in patients with type 2 diabetes

Md Nunrunnabi, PhD, Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Presentation Topic: Presentation topic pending.

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

Manashi Bagchi, PhD, Cepham Research Center, Piscataway, NJ, USA; Dr. Herbs LLC, Concord, CA, USA

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

Protective Efficacy of Mango (Mangifera indica) and Mangigerin in Pre-Diabetics

Harry G. Preuss, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C, USA

Presentation Topic: The Deadly Triangle: A Novel Nutritional Concept Comprising Insulin Resistance, Central Fat Accumulation as well as Aging and Its Metabolic Perturbations

Georgios Pyrgiotakis, PhD, Research Scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

Special Session. Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology for Functional Foods and Human Health 

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

Nancy J. Emenaker, PhD, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA

Session co-chair: Nutrition, Functional, and Medical foods for Cancer

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

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

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

Sheila Wicks, MD, MBA, Department of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Biology, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA

Presentation topic: Resveratrol and dietary anthocyanins reduce osteoblast apoptosis, increase osteoblast proliferastion, and reduce osteoclastogenesis in transgenic medaka

Ikjot Singh Sohal, PhD, Research Assistant at University of Massachusetts Lowell, Visiting Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA

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

Luciana Bueno, PhD, Research at Clinical Nutrition Science in Food Sicence and Technology, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Research and Development of New Functional Food Products in Brazil

Kuhu Roy, PhD, Nutrition Consultant / Content writer-author, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Role of Silymarin in the management of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: Time to clear the mist

Dr. 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

Alexandra Zambrano, Analyst of new products at Zisnella, Food Science and Technology Institute, Universidad Central de VenezuelaMiranda Area, Venezuela 

Fruit beverages and health 

Nancy Knight, Director of Quality and Regulatory Compliance at Orgain, San Diego, CA, USA

Non-GMO Transparency: Understanding your Options

Renee Parriott, PhD, Food Science Professor at Montclair State University, Boston, MA, USA

Research and Development of Functional Food Products in US

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

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

Dr. Tom O'Bryan, Educator and Physician at, Celiac Disease/Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity, Autoimmunity, Functional Medicine, San Diego, CA, USA

The Dangers of a Gluten-Free Diet

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

Nilla Ghanei, PhD in Nutrition Sciences and Immunology, postdoctoral in drug discovery and development, 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 (PCOS)

Joshua M. Kotfila, Ph.D., RDN,  Product Developer, Owner, Principal Consultant at Natural Product Innovations, Boston, MA, USA

Claims substantiation of functional foods

Temitope F.A Abu, 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

Ruud Albers, Founder NutriLeads BV, recognized global expert in nutrition, immune function, inflammation, and gastro-intestinal health 

Development of innovative natural immunomodulatory health ingredient from carrots

Christy Kadharmestan, Senior Formulator, International Research & Development, Pharmavite LLC, Valencia, CA, USA

Current Research and Development of New Functional Food Products

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

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

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 (Presentation topic pending)

Izabela Tanska, CEO, Food Law Advisor, IGI Food Consulting, Warsaw, Poland 

Development and marketing of new functional food products in the EU

Marianne Nordblom, Director, Gastronomy and Food Development at Fazer Food Services, Helsinki, Finland

Presentation topic pending

Ghanya Al-Naqeb, PhD, Associated Professor, Faculty for Chemistry and Pharmacy at The Julius-Maximilians-Universität (JMU) Würzburg in Bavaria, Germany

Selected of herbal Yemeni plants as a Functional Foods

Rohana Lazo, Quality Specialist at Beautycounter, Quality Assurance, Beautycounter, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Food Safety and Quality

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

Joel Radford, Senior Food Industry Professional, ASQ & HACCP Certified, Boise, Idaho Area, USA

Food Defense the emerging risk