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Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds: Modern and Medieval Approaches

31st International Conference of FFC - 19th International Symposium of ASFFBC

September 31st - October 1st, 2023, The Matenadaran, Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Research Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, In-Person and Virtual/Live Online Event


Main Conference Organizers: 

Danik Martirosyan, Conference co-chair, PhD, President, Functional Food Center (Dallas, TX, USA); Functional Food Institute, San Diego, CA, USA

Vahan Ter-Ghevondian, Conference co-chair, PhD, Scientific Director, The Matenadaran, Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts, Research Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Rouben M. Aroutiounian, PhD, Professor, Conference co-chair, Head of Department of Genetics and Cytology, Faculty of Biology of Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia; Academician-Secretary of the Division of the Natural Sciences of Armenian Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia

Mkrtich Avagyan, MD, Head, Department of Alternative Medicine, Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia

Local Organizing Committee Members:

Varty Keshishian, Head of the International Relations Department, Matenadaran, Research Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Sona Baloyan, International Relations Senior specialist, Matenadaran, Research Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

Ani Manukyan, International Relations specialist, Matenadaran, Research Institute, Yerevan, Armenia

International Scientific and Organizing Committee Members:

Amrendra Ajay, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States

Mona Boaz, PhD, Prodessor, Chair of Department of Nutrition Sciences, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel

Jun Nishihira, MD, PhD, Vice President of Hokkaido Information University and Director, Health Information Science Center, Ebetsu, Hokkaido, Japan

Karen Armeni Trchunyan, PhD, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Republic of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia

Antonios Koutelidakis, PhD, Assistant Professor on Human Nutrition, Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of the Aegean, Myrina, Lemnos, Greece

Bernd Markert, PhD, Professor, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (EISN-Institute), Haren, Germany

Petras Venskutonis, PhD, Professor, Department of Food Scinece and Technology, Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania

Beata Cizmarova, PhD, Pavol Jozef Safarik University in Kosice, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical and Clinical Biochemistry, Kosice, Slovakia

Lidia Wadolowska, PhD, Professor, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Sloneczna, Poland

Mikio Nishizawa, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Life Sciences, Ritsumeikan University, Japan

Alexander Haslberger, PhD, Professor, Department for Nutritional Sciences, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ming Miao, PhD, Professor of Food Science, State Key Laboratory of Food Science and Technology, Jiangnan University, Jiangsu, China

Maria Kapsokefalou, PhD, Professor, Agricultural University of Athens. She is a member of the National Committee on Nutrition Policy of the Ministry of Health in Greece, of the Scientific Board of the European Food Information Council and of the Executive Board of the European Food Information Resource AISBL.

Vasudha Bansal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Foods and Nutrition, Government Home Science College, Chandigarh, India

Marcello Iriti, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Milan State University, Milan, Italy

Blanca Hernandez Ledesma, PhD, Department of Bioactivity and Food Analysis, Spanish National Research Council Faculty, Research Institute of Food Science, Madrid, Spain

Debasis Bagchi, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Houston, TX, United States

Garth Nicolson, PhD, Research Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine, S. Laguna Beach, CA, United States. He was a Nobel Prize Nominee.

Abdalbasit Mariod, PhD, Professor, College of Science and Arts, University of Jeddah, Alkamil, Saudi Arabia

Roula M Abdel-Massih, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology, University of Balamand, El-Koura, Lebanon

Sedigheh Asgary, PharmD, PhD, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences and Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences Department, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Isfahan, Iran

Sukanta Mondal, PhD, Principal Scientist, Animal Physiology Division, ICAR- National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Karnataka, India

Simone Wünschmann, PhD, Environmental Institute of Scientific Networks (EISN-Institute), Haren, Germany

Andreas Tzakos, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Section of Organic Chemistry, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece

Rita Minassian, Holistic therapist, health and lifestyle counseling, founder of the Akasha Institute, Lyon, France