14th International Conference of the Functional Food Center

Organization: The Functional Food Center

Venue: university of california los angeles s

Location: Los Angeles, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Aug 20, 2013 / 9:00 am - (PST) End Date/Time: Aug 22, 2013 / 1:00 pm - (PST)
Registration Date: Aug 13, 2013 Time: 17:00:00 - (PST)
Abstract Submission Date: Jul 10, 2013 Time: 17:00:00 - (PST)
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Since 1998, The Functional Food Center (FFC) has been a pioneer in functional industry; combining cutting-edge expertise in the bio-medical sciences with practical business experience in order to aid in further research, development, and commercialization of functional food innovations in both domestic and international markets. The FFC connects a global network of professionals (scientists, functional food experts, and food industry representatives) to an environment conducive to innovative research collaboration.

The FFC has recognized the need for scientists, medical doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and food industry representatives to meet intimately and discuss the latest research and development in the realm of functional and medical foods, bioactive compounds, and nutraceuticals.

For that purpose, the FFC organizes several conferences each year. We would like to envite all experts in biology, chemistry, food industry, and medical industry to join us in attending our upcoming conference!

The FFC organizing committee, in partnership with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is pleased to announce the 14th International Conference of FFC to be held at UCLA from August 20 – 22, 2013. This conference will focus on the collective knowledge about the management of chronic inflammation through functional food innovation. Recent progress in this area has been explosive and this conference should be particularly timely in bringing focus to the significance of current developments. 

The conference will be held at UCLA. UCLA is home of 12 Nobel Prize winners, 275 of the "Best Doctors in America" and many established professionals in the field of functional foods.

General topics for this conference include...

  1. Functional food ingredients: sources and  potential benefits in public health
  2. Bioactive compounds for chronic inflammation and chronic disease
  3. Bioactive compounds and foods in prevention of chronic inflammation; Role in tissue regeneration and disease prevention
  4. Bioactive foods in differentiation and prevention of chronic inflammation
  5. Bioactive foods in regulation of stem cell function, differentiation and prevention of chronic inflammation which fuels cancer and other chronic diseases
  6. Functional and medical foods in the management of chronic inflammation and chronic disease
  7. Inflammation, Biomarkers, and Bioactive foods
  8. Research and development of new functional food products.

Registration is now open on our website. Please contact us if you have any questions!


5151 State University Drive
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The Functional Food Center
100 N. Central Expressway
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The University of California, Los Angeles

Conference Speakers

This conference will feature over 25 lecturers who are experts in the fields of medicine, biology, or the food industry. In addition, 5 special lecturers will be in attendance!

Anahid Jewett, PhD, Professor and Director of Tumor Immunology Laboratory, Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, The Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. "Development and characterization of a combination of probiotic bacteria with superior ability to condition NK cells to induce differentiation of stem cells; role in resolution of inflammation and prevention of disease"

Shann-Tzong JiangPhD, Professor, Vice President, Department of Food and Nutrition, Providence University, Salu, Taichung, Taiwan. "Removal of anti-nutritional factors and biotransformation of soy bean isoflavones during proteolysis and Lactobacillus fermentation"

Muriel Larauche, PhD, Division of Digestive Diseases, David Geffen Department of Medicine at UCLA. "Enzyme-treated Rice Fiber improves inflammation in murine models of inflammatory bowel disease"

Subra Malarkannan, PhD, Associate Professor , Laboratory of Molecular Immunology and Immunotherapy, Blood Research Institute, Milwaukee, WI, USA. Molecular blueprinting for controlling chronic inflammation. "Molecular blueprinting for controlling chronic inflammation"

Garth L. Nicolson, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology, Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, California, USA. "Lipid replacement therapy: a functional food approach for reducing fatigue and the adverse effects of antimicrobial therapy in fatiguing illnesses and Chronic Lyme Disease"

Robert H. Schiestl, PhD, Professor of Pathology, Environmental Health and Radiation Oncology, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Los Angeles, CA, USA. "N-acetyl cystein and the novel anticancer agent Yel002 prolong life of Atm deficient mice and extend the latency of lymphoma"

Jinguo Hu, PhD, Research Leader, USDA-ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station, Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA. "L-DOPA concentration variation in the leaf and flower tissues of six faba bean lines with common and rare flower colors"

Changge Fang, PhD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Advanced Personalized Diagnostics, LLC, Alexandria, VA USA. "A Novel phenotypic fluorescent 3D co-culture platform: model of choice for angiogenesis study"

Yan-gao Man, PhD, Bon Secours Cancer Institute, Richmond, VA, USA and South Hospital of Nanjing, Nanjing, China. "Focal chronic inflammation among normal, benign, and malignant colorectal tissues: Implications for cancer development and progression"

Ailin Tao, PhD, Professor, Guangzhou Municipal Key Laboratory of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, China. "IgE-independent Food Allergy Diagnosed by in vitro Whole Blood Challenge Assays"

Julius E. Oben, PhD, Professor, Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon. "Anthropometric, lipomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects of the aqueous extract of a Cameroonian spice (Dichrostachys glomerata) in obese patients with metabolic syndrome"

Joan McIntyre Caron, PhD, Department of Cell Biology, MC-3505, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA. "The anti-inflammatory molecule, methyl sulfone, reverses the metastatic phenotypes of melanoma and breast cancer"

Shiming Li, PhD, Professor, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, and Michiko Suzawa, Director of Miyauchi Citrus Research Center, Ltd., Takasaki-shi, Gunma, Japan. "Anti-cancer activity of polymethoxyflavones and their combination with citrus flavonoids"

Keryn Woodman, PhD student, and Jason White, PhD, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute and The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia. "Benfotiamine alleviates dystrophic pathology in the mdx mouse"

Bassem Y. Sheikh, PhD, Professor, Director, MABL EAJAZ  chair for Scientific Miracles of Prophetic Medicine,  Director, Center of Innovation and Creativity, College of Medicine, Taibah University, Saudi Arabia. "Antioxidant and Tissue-Protective Studies on Ajwa Extract: Dates from Al Madinah Al-Monwarah, Saudia Arabia"

Ahmad M. Gumel, PhD, Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "Synergistic Effects Of Nigella Sativa Oil Against Apoptotic Bcl-2 And Neuron Specific Enolase (Nse-2) In Oxidative Stressed Brain"

Daleya Abdulaziz BardiPhD Student, Department of Biomedical Science, Faculty of Medicine University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "Investigation of The Antioxidant, Anticancer Activities of Cymbopogon Schoenanthus"

Mohammed Farouq Halabi, PhD Student, Department of Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine,  University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. "Rule of Cymbopogon schoenanthus in Diabetic and Inhibition of Glycogen Phosphorylase"

Hisham Ibrahim, PhD, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan. "Novel Bioptides from Lysozyme with Therapeutic Potential for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases"

Ichiro Nishimura, Professor, Director, The Jane and Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. "Vitamin D, a functional food for dental implant and biological clock "

Tomohisa Hattori, PhD, Nagasaki University School of medicine, Ibaraki, Japan. "The use of herbal medicine Rikkunshito in gastrointestinal related disorders"

Kirsten Tillisch, MD, Associate Professor, Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress, Division of Digestive Diseases,  David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA. "Probiotic effects on brain-gut communication"

Danik M. Martirosyan, PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center, President of Functional Food Center, Dallas, TX, USA. "How to create successful functional food products with bioactive compounds (Squalene, Vitamin C, Lycopene, and GOPO)"

Edwin D. Lephart, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology/Neuroscience, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, USA. "Resveratrol and resveratrol analogs (butyrate and isobutyrate): human skin gene expression analysis"

Shiyi Ou, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Science and Engineering, Jinan University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China. "

Ravinder Abrol, PhD, Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA. "Emerging role of bitter taste receptors in curing type 2 diabetes"

Shui Yin Lo, PhD, Quantum Health Research Institute, American University of Complementary Medicine, Beverly Hills, CA, USA. "Preparation of feruloylated oligosaccharide and its antioxidant, and probiotic activity"



Additional Information

Conference sponsors: 

  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • The Functioanl Food Center
  • Cure Cancer Now Foundation
  • Miyauchi Citrus Center 
  • Taiban University