Brain Health and Functional Foods. Preliminary Program
February 26, 2014
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15th International Conference of FFC!

Since 2004, the Functional Food Center has organized conferences where scientists, researchers, and food industry professionals present their recent discoveries on how certain foods have the ability to combat chronic disease.

Based on your scientific and academic experience, our organizing committee would like to invite you to attend the Functional Food Center’s 15th International Conference – Third International Symposium of ASFFBC on Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds, which will be held at the University of Regensburg, Germany Campus from May 10-11, 2014

The main goal of the conference is to bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the contribution of functional and     medical foods and bioactive compounds in the prevention and management  of  mental, neurological and other chronic disorders. 


We are excited to introduce many new lecturers and presenters at this conference. However, there is open availability for more!   For the list of presenters at the conference, Click Here. 


Conference Sessions

Sessions for this conference include:

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

Session 2: The epidemiology of mental and neurological disorders: a) Depression, b) Substance use disorders, c) Schizophrenia, d) Epilepsy, e) Alzheimer’s disease, f) Mental retardation, g) Disorders of childhood and adolescence

Session 3: Food, nutrition, beverage, and brain health 

Session 4: Prevention, management, and treatment of mental and neurological disorders: Complementary and alternative medicine approaches

Session 5: Functional food ingredients: sources and potential benefits in public health;

Session 6: Chronic diseases (cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases): biomarkers, and bioactive foods

Session 7: Functional and medical foods in the prevention and management of mental and neurological disorders

Session 8: Bioactive compounds in the management of mental and neurological disorders 

Session 9: Chronic diseases (cancer, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases): biomarkers and bioactive foods

Session 10: Functional and medical foods with bioactive compounds for health and disease prevention

Session 11: Legislation on health claims: health, functional, and medical food

Session 12: 
Research and development of new functional food products for brain health and the management of chronic diseases

For more information, Click here

Registration benefits!

Register within a week of receiving this newsletter and get a free conference book, Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in the Management of Chronic Inflammation (Functional Foods and Chronic Disease) (Volume 14).  Please note that space is limited and registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

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Submit an Abstract!

If you are interested in providing an oral or poster presentation, please submit an abstract. Please note that the abstract submission deadline has been extended until March 21, 2014. Abstracts can be up to 650 words, with Times New Roman Font 12 for the entire abstract. Please see our sample abstract. Within one week of your submission, we will notify you whether or not the abstract has been accepted for the conference. 


Venue and Accommodation

The conference venue is on the campus of the University of Regensburg in Bavaria. The almost 2000-year-old city of Regensburg with its magnificent Gothic cathedral is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Regensburg is the best - preserved medieval city in Germany and boasts numerous attractions from the times when Regensburg was a fortress on the border of the Roman Empire, and later, a flourishing and wealthy trading place in Central Europe. In the Middle Ages, the city became a favorite meeting place of Imperial Assemblies and was from 1663 until 1806 the seat of the Perpetual Imperial Diet where the ambassadors from German and European royal courts established a varied cultural life.


Apart from discussing recent developments related to functional/medical food in health and disease, you will be able to enjoy the charming atmosphere of Regensburg and taste Bavarian food accompanied by excellent beer.




Runner-up recognition:

Runner-up recognition to those oral or poster presenters who present the best research in

  • Pre-clinical presentations
  • Clinical presentations
  • Research and development presentations

Students awards:

Academic Society for Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds will award three student presentations with
  • $800 for first place
  • $400 for second place
  • $300 for third place.

Featured Article

The Journal of Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD)

Neurodegenerative and Fatiguing Illnesses, Infections and Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Use of Natural Supplements to Improve Mitochondrial Function.

Garth L. Nicolson, Robert Settineri and Rita R. Ellithorpe



Background: Many chronic diseases and illnesses are associated with one or more chronic infections, dysfunction of mitochondria and reduced production of ATP. This results in fatigue and other symptoms that occur in most if not all chronic conditions and diseases. 

Methods: This is a review of the published literature on chronic infections in neurodegenerative diseases and fatiguing illnesses that are also typified by mitochondrial dysfunction. This contribution also reviews the use of natural supplements to enhance mitochondrial function and reduce the effects of chronic infections to improve overall function in various chronic illnesses. 
Results: Mitochondrial function can be enhanced by the use of various natural supplements, notably Lipid Replacement Therapy (LRT) by using glyerolphospholipids and other mitochondrial  supplements. In various chronic illnesses that are characterized by the presence of chronic infections, such as intracellular bacteria (Mycoplasma, Borrelia, Chlamydia and other infections) and viruses, LRT has proven useful in multiple clinical trials. For example, in clinical studies on chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome, and other chronic fatiguing illnesses where a large majority of patients have chronic infections. LRT significantly reduced fatigue by 35-43% in different clinical trials and increased mitochondrial function. In clinical trials on patients with multiple intracellular bacterial infections and intractable fatigue LRT plus other mitochondrial supplements significantly decreased fatigue and improved mood and cognition. 
Conclusions: LRT formulations designed to improve mitochondrial function appear to be useful as non-toxic dietary supplements for reducing fatigue and restoring mitochondrial and other cellular membrane functions in patients with chronic illnesses and multiple chronic infections. 

Key words: Neurodegenerative and fatiguing illnesses, infections and mitochondrial dysfunction, ATP, Lipid Replacement Therapy (LRT) 

To read the full article, please Click here.


Conference Preliminary Program

Klaus W. Lange, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biological, Clinical and Neuropsychology, Head of Experimental Psychology Department, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany:

Since 1997, Dr. Lange has been a Professor of biological and abnormal psychology at the University of Regensburg. His main research interests are in the areas of neuropsychology and neuropsychopharmacology.

Topic of presentation: Dietary factors in the etiology and therapy of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 

Sybille Buchwald -Werner,  PhD, Managing  Director, Vital Solutions GmbH, Germany.
Vital Solutions works globally in the field of natural ingredients for use in food, dietary supplements, and cosmetics. Vital Solutions develop innovative condition specific ingredients, which serve consumer demands for health prevention and help to reduce health care costs.

Topic of Presentation: Lemon balm for mental health: Modulation of muscarinic receptor activity by a proprietary Melisse officinalis extract

Giorgio Rusconi, Lawyer, Mondini Rusconi Legal Firm, Italy. 

Giorgio Rusconi is Secretary-General and Founding Member of FLN - Food Lawyers' Network Worldwide, an international pool of professionals assembled to the purpose of sharing opinions and enhancing exchange of views and experiences by lawyers with expertise on food law ,as well as offering integrated legal services to multinationals operating in food industry.

Topic of presentation: The European legal framework of functional food: the differences in the procedures of authorization in EU countries


Sakthivel Sekar, PhD, 
Translation Imaging Industrial Lab, Singapore Bioimaging Consortium, A*Star, Singapore.

Area of expertise: Metabolic disorders and the potential of MR-Imaging to advance therapy. Neuroscience drug discovery such as medication development for affective disorders: schizophrenia, mood disorders (depression/anxiety), and neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s)

Topic of presentation: MR-Imaging in comorbid affective metabolic disorders and monoamine related brain dysfunction: a hunt for novel disease modifying treatments

Sebastián Romero Melchor, Partner in K&L Gates LLP’s Brussels office, Belgium. 

Sebastián Romero Melchor is a partner in K&L Gates LLP’s Brussels office. He focuses on food and nutrition law matters in the European Union and EU member states. He represents a wide variety of multinational firms and trade associations on such matters as EU regulatory law and policy (free movement of goods), food labeling and advertising issues (health and nutrition claims), product registration (novel foods, food supplements, food for special medical purposes, cosmetics, etc.), product liability (withdrawals, recalls), among others with special focus on functional foods and drinks.

Topic of presentation: Reduction of disease risk claims in food

drmikirovaNina Mikirova, PhD, Professor, Director of Research, Riordan Clinic, USA.

Nina Mikirova's areas of research focus include: nutrients as biological response modifiers; effects of nutrients on levels of progenitor and stem cells in circulation; nutraceutical based mobilization of stem cells as a new approach to anti-aging; energy metabolism in cancer and normal cells; the effects of non-toxic anti-cancer agents on the inhibition of tumor cell growth and angiogenesis, as well as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Topic of presentation: The orthomolecular correction of metabolic imbalances found in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A retrospective analysis in an outpatient clinic

Torsten Grothe, PhD, Manager Scientific Affairs, Frutarom Switzerland, Switzerland. 

Torsten Grothe is a highly motivated, innovative, multidisciplinary,  entrepreneurial, and Ph.D.-level biochemist with varied industrial experience in R&D; strong expertise and know-how in natural products lead discovery with a focus on food ingredients development; core skills in all relevant business functions such as IP, production, safety and regulatory affairs, and innovation management. 

Topic of presentation: Wild Green Oat Extract: An innovative functional food ingredient with cognitive benefits


Shiming Li, PhD, Research Professor at Rutgers University, Greater New York City Area

Leading, mentoring and teaching MSc and Ph.D. students and research scientists in investigation, analytical, and organic synthesis method development and instrumentation;  Expertise: Extraction, bioassay directed fractionation, isolation, and structure elucidation of natural products from raw plant materials; and chemical structure modification of lead bioactive natural products by organic synthesis. 

Topic of presentation: Potent Anti-Imiquimod-Induced Psoriasis of Formulated Citrus Peel Extract in Mice 

Francesco Marotta, MD, PhD, Professor, ReGenera Research Group for Aging Intervention, Milan, Italy.

Professor Marotta is one of the world's leading researchers on probiotics and human health. He has received over 20 national and international awards for research papers and lectures at distinguished universities. 

Topic of presentation: Iron Supplementation In Young Iron-Deficient Females Causes Gastrointestinal Redox Imbalance: Protective Effect Of A Fermented Nutraceutical. 

Lieselotte Veryser, PhD Student, Drug Quality & Registration group, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium. 

Topic of presentation:

Are plant n-alkylamides cosmenutriceuticals also active in central nervous system?

Ewelina Makulska-Gertruda, PhD, Professor, University of Regensburg, Germany: Omega-3polyunsaturated fatty acids and ADHD-related symptoms in animals

Joachim Hauser, PhD, University of Regensburg, Germany: The effects of dietary omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid deficiency on local discrimination in Wistar rats


Katharina M. LangeUniversity of Regensburg, Germany: Vitamin D and depression

Andreas Reissmann, MSc, University of Regensburg, Germany: Gluten-free and casein-free diets in the treatment of autism

Vivian C.H. Wu, PhD, Professor, The University of Maine, Orono, ME, USA. Anthocyanin-rich low bush wild blueberries have potential to modify gut microbiota and enhance xenobiotic metabolism

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.

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