Mental and Neurological Disorders: Bio-markers, Bioactive Compounds, and Functional Foods

Organization: Functional Food Center

Venue: The University of Regensburg

Location: Regensburg, Germany

Event Date/Time: May 10, 2014 / 9:00 am - (GMT +1:00 hours) End Date/Time: May 11, 2014 / 6:00 pm - (GMT +1:00 hours)
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Alongside the University of Regensburg (Regensburg, Germany), Functional Food Center (Dallas, USA) is very pleased to announce its 15th International Conference,  "Mental, Neurological, and other Chronic Disorders: Bio-markers, Bioactive Compounds, and Functional Foods" to be held at the University of Regensburg. The main goal of the conference is to bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional/medical foods and bioactive compounds in the prevention and management of neuropsychiatric and other chronic diseases.

Main Conference Topics: Topics for this conference include:

Main Conference Topics: Topics for this conference include: 

  1. The epidemiology of mental and neurological disorders: a) Depression, b) Substance use disorders, c) Schizophrenia, d) Epilepsy, e) Alzheimer’s disease, I) Mental retardation, g) Disorders of childhood and adolescence.
  2. Prevention, management and treatment of mental and neurological disorders. Conventional approaches to   healing: strengths and weaknesses
  3. Food, nutrition, beverage and brain health 
  4. Prevention, management, treatment of mental and neurological disorders: Complementary and alternative medicine approaches
  5. Functional food ingredients: sources and potential benefits in public health;
  6. Chronic diseases (cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases): biomarkers, and bioactive foods
  7. Functional and medical foods in the prevention and management of mental and neurological disorders
    • Depression
    • Schizophrenia
    • Alzheimer’s disease
    • Mental retardation
    • Epilepsy
    • Substance use disorders
    • Disorders of childhood and adolescence
    • Other brain related chronic disorders
  8. Bioactive compounds in the management of mental and neurological disorders 
  9. The effects of bioactive compounds and functional foods on biomarkers of neurological and mental disorders
  10. Chronic diseases (cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases): biomarkers, and bioactive foods
  11. Functional and medical foods with bioactive compounds for health and disease prevention
  12. Legislation on health claims: health, functional and medical food.
  13. Research and development of new functional food products for brain health and for the management of chronic diseases

  To register for the conference   


Call for Abstracts:

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to March 21, 2014. However, space is limited so don't delay, submit your abstract today! The 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 with the intention that the submission fee will be deducted from your conference registration payment, as long as the payment is made within 7 days of submission. Failure to register with payment within 7 days of acceptance will result in an additional abstract publication fee of $49. First authors are expected to be the individuals who will register, pay the conference fee, and present the paper if the conference committee accepts their submission. In the case of an emergency and author(s) are unable to attend the conference, they are required to pay an abstract publication fee of $99. Decisions on selection will be promptly communicated to the authors via e-mail. All contributions will be reviewed, and accepted abstracts will be published in the conference proceedings book. Please email your abstract as an attachment to  Please see our .   There is no charge for the withdrawal of an abstract. In the case that the first author cannot attend the conference and present, he or she must contact the conference organizing committee by e-mail at to provide notification of withdrawal or to request a substitute presenter. Withdrawals must be received before March 21, 2013.    Please note: Abstracts withdrawn after March 21, 2014 will be published and the first author will be expected to pay the abstract publication fee. The conference does not provide financial support nor registration fee waivers for any presentations.     To avoid the last minute rush, submit your abstract in advance. Abstracts reaching the Conference Organizing Committee after March 21, 2014 at 5 pm will not be accepted. For any information concerning publications please contact us  For more information about abstract submission, please click here.  


Instructions for Poster Presenters:

Poster presentations provide an opportunity for the audience to get a clear visual of the presenter's work in a simple format. The most reasonable size for posters is 2.5–3.0 feet high by 3.5-4 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 major elements that are covered in the abstract.
  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. Complementary use of color and the use of 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 the title large and clear! Include author's(s') name(s) and address(es). Your poster title should be easily readable from a distance of 3-4 meters.
  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 .  


Registration Fees:

The registration fee will cover the Conference Proceedings book (Abstract book), lunches and refreshments for two days, as well as a 12-month membership to the Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds.

*Free transportation from the hotel to the university is not available.

Cancellation Policy: Two months before the conference: 75% refund, 45 days before conference: 50% refund, one month before conference: No refund. Refunds will be sent after the conference. Notice of cancellation of registration must be received in writing to the Conference Secretariat:  . All refunds will be provided after the conference within 10 days.

Please  to make a payment for the conference registration fee.


Full Time Students* and PhD Students*   $295.00

Registered Dietitians* and Nurses*           $345.00

Representatives of governmental organizations (NIH, FDA, USDA)    $495.00

Members of Academia                                    $595.00

Members of Industry (Food and Medical Industry)                                    $695.00

Exhibitors/Vendors                                           $1195.00

*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.

Hotel information: Please  visit venue and accommodation page.

For more information about the conference, please contact us by Email at  or call us at 469-441-8272.


University of Regensburg


Functional Food Center

Additional Information

Conference Program 

May 10, 2014

8:30-9:00   Registration 

9:00-9:10   Conference Opening (Dr. Danik M. Martirosyan)

9:10-9:15   Welcome to the Regensburg University (Dr. Klaus W. Lange)

Session 1Functional Food and Mental Health - Experimental Psychology, University of Regensburg (SessionChair: Dr. Klaus W. Lange)

9:15-9:35  Dr. Klaus W. Lange, MD, PhD, Professor: Chair of Biological, Clinical and Neuropsychology; Head of Experimental Psychology Department; University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany: Dietary factors in the etiology and therapy of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)  Chair: Dr. Danik  M. Martirosyan

9:35-9:55 Dr. Ewelina Makulska-GertrudaPhD, Professor: University of Regensburg, Germany: Omega-3polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADHD-related symptoms in animals

9:55-10:15 Dr. Joachim HauserPhD, University of Regensburg, Germany: The effects of dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid deficiency on local discrimination in Wistar rats

10:15-10:30 Katharina M. Lange, and Dr. Ewelina Makulska-Gertruda, PhD; University of Regensburg, Germany: Vitamin D and depression

10:30-10:45 Andreas Reissmann, and Dr. Joachim Hauser, PhD: University of Regensburg, Germany: Gluten-free and casein-free diets in the treatment of autism

10:45-11:05 Coffee Break

Session 2:  Prevention and management of mental and neurological disorders: Complementary and alternative medicine approaches

11:05-11:25 Dr. Sybille Buchwald-Werner, PhD: Managing Director, Vital Solutions GmbH, Germany: Lemon balm for mental health: Modulation of muscarinic receptor activity by a proprietary Melisse officinalis extract

11:25-11:45 Dr. Nina Mikirova, PhD, Professor: Riordan Clinic, USA. The orthomolecular correction of metabolic imbalances found in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A retrospective analysis in an outpatient clinic

11:45-12:05 Dr. Stefan Crynen, PhD: The Roskamp Institute, Sarasota, FL, USA. The Brain Reserve Index (BRI) - Quantifying and influencing current risk associated with Alzheimer's disease through lifestyle choices and medical risk management

12:05-12:25 Dr. Mohammed S. Ali-Shtayeh, PhD, Professor: Biodiversity & Environmental Research Center-BERC; Biodiversity & Biotechnology Research Unit, Til, Nablus, Palestine. In-vitro screening of acethylcholinestrase (AChE) inhibitory activity of extracts from Palestinian indigenous flora in relation to the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease

12:25-12:45 Julius Oben, PhD, Professor: Laboratory of Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon: Neuroprotective activity and Secretase enzyme inhibition of an extract of Baillonella toxisperma  (moab100™)  on  experimentally induced neurotoxicity in rats

12:45-14:00 Lunch

Session 3: Functional food ingredients: Sources and potential benefits in public health

14:00-14:20 Dr. Vivian C.H. Wu, PhD, Professor: The University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA: Functional food ingredients for public health: Anthocyanin-rich lowbush wild blueberries have potential to modify gut microbiota and enhance xenobiotic metabolism

14:20-14:40 Dr. Beniamino Palmieri, MD, PhD, Professor: Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Policlinico di Modena, Surgery and Surgical Specialties Department; University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy: Functional foods and nutrition: From pets to humans

Session 4: Chronic diseases (cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases): Biomarkers and bioactive foods

14:40-15:00 Dr. Chi-Chen Lin, PhD, Professor: National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, Republic of China:  Formulated extract from multiple citrus peels impairs dendritic cell functions and attenuates allergic contact hypersensitivity

15:00-15:20 Dr. Ahmed F. El Fouhil, PhD, MD, Professor: King Saud University, Saudi Arabia: An extract from date seeds stimulates endogenous insulin secretion through extra-islet sources

15:20-15:40 Coffee Break

Session 5: Bioactive compounds, functional and medical foods in the prevention and management of mental and neurological disorders

15:40-16:00 Shigehiko Kanaya, PhD, Professor, Graduate School of Information Science, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Takayamacho, Ikoma, Nara, Japan. KNApSAcK metabolite activity database is helpful for brain and mental health related studies and services

16:00-16:20 Dr. Torsten Grothe, PhD:  Manager Scientific Affairs, Frutarom Switzerland, Switzerland: Wild green oat extract: an innovative functional food ingredient with cognitive benefits

16:20-16:40 Erfan Younesi, PhD: Department of Bioinformatics, Fraunhofer Institute SCAI, Sankt Augustin, Germany:Evidence-based modeling of mode-of-action for functional ingredients influencing Alzheimer’s disease through neurotrophin pathway

16:40-17:00 Dr. Satya S. Jonnalagadda, PhD: Director of Nutrition, KERRY, Beloit, WI, USA: Milk phospholipids and essential nutrients cognitive system: supporting brain health across the lifespan

17:00-17:20 Dr. Francis C.P. Law, Ph.D. Professor: Simon Fraser University, Canada: 14C-Psilocin tissue distribution in pregnant rats after intravenous administration 

17:20-17:40 Dr. Malgorzata Mossakowska, PhD: International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland: Association between depressive symptoms and vitamin D status in aging population in Poland: The PolSenior study

17:40 Closing


May 11, 2014

Session 6: Functional and medical foods with bioactive compounds for health and disease prevention

9:00-9:20 Dr. Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor: ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy: Iron supplementation in young iron-deficient females causes gastrointestinal redox imbalance: Protective effect of a fermented nutraceutical

9:20-9:40 Dr. Shiming Li, PhD, Visiting Research Professor: Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA: Potent anti-Imiquimod-induced psoriasis of formulated citrus peel extract in mice 

9:40-10:00  Lieselotte Veryser, PhD Student: Drug Quality & Registration Group, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium: Are plant n-alkylamides cosmenutriceuticals also active in central nervous system?

10:00-10:20 Dr. David W Lescheid, PhD, ND: Freelance Medical Writer/ Naturopathic Doctor, Baden-Baden, Baden-Wurtemburg, Germany: Probiotics as regulators of the inflammatory response

10:20-10:40 Dr. Ru Wang, PhD, Professor: School of Kinesiology, Shanghai University of Sport, Shanghai, China: The effects of exercise combined with corn-peptide intervention on Th17/Treg balance in liver of high-fat diet induced obese rats

10:40-11:00 Dr. Mahmoud Z. Sitohy, PhD, Professor: Executive Director of UPMU, Zagazig University, Egypt: Bioactive proteins against pathogenic and spoilage bacteria 

11:00-11:20 Coffee Break

Session 7: Legislation on health claims: Health, functional and medical food

11:20-11:40 Giorgio Rusconi, Lawyer: Mondini Rusconi Legal Firm, Italy: The European legal framework of functional food: The differences in the procedures of authorization in EU countries

11:40-12:00 Dr. Annegret Auinger, PhD: Senior Consultant, Analyze&Realize GmbH, Berlin, Germany: Health Claims on cognitive function - The science behind the legislation

Session 8: Research and development of new functional food products for brain health and for the management of chronic diseases

12:00-12:20 Dr. Jintanaporn Wattanathorn, PhD: Department of Physiology, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand: Anacardium occidentale based drink improves working memory, attention and cognitive processing capability of older adults via the increased cholinergic and monoaminergic functions

12:20-12:40 Kelli Herrlinger, R&D Scientist: Kemin Foods, L.C., Des Moines, IA, USA: Spearmint extract containing Rosmarinic acid improves cognitive function in a SAMP8 mouse model of accelerated aging and in men and women with self-reported memory impaiment

12:40-13:00 Dr. Helmut Durchschlag, PhD: Academic Director ret., Institute of Biophysics and Physical Biochemistry; Faculty of Biology and Preclinical Medicine, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany. Modification of radiation and ROS effects on biomolecules by bioprotectives

13:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 9: Poster Presentations

14:00-16:00 Poster Presentations

16:00-16:15 Awards

Clinical, R&D awards: The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease will award to those oral or poster presenters who present the best research in clinical ($400), research & development ($400) presentations. 

Student awards: (Chair: Klaus Lange). Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds will award two student presentations at $500 for the first place, $200 for the second place.

Food Science Publisher (Chair: Danik Martirosyan) will award the book “Introduction to Functional Foods Science” to all finalists (which have a value of $229.00).

All prize-winning authors should be able to publish full version of article in the journal of FFHD

16:15-17:15 Panel discussion: Is functional food able to manage mental and neurological disorders?

17:15-17:30 Conference Closing

* Please note that the program is subject to change