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Nutraceutical & Functional Foods Division

Follow the latest scientific advances concerning health benefits of nutraceuticals and functional foods, and explore up-to-date industrial practices for optimizing their production and efficacy.

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Join Nutraceutical & Functional Foods Division (NFFD)!

With global uncertainty and increasing challenges (viruses, infection, non-communicable diseases), nutraceuticals and functional foods play a critical role in prevention, therapy assistance, reducing medical costs, and providing a higher quality of life to everyone. With treasures from nature, proper application by using scientific evidence is required. NFFD is the best bridge and platform to push and promote such development in the near future. With many members from the functional food area, our goal for this Division is to enhance our engagement with the nutraceutical (dietary supplement) field and bring in different perspectives to provide more information, knowledge, funding, collaboration, and job and internship opportunities to our members. Please reach out with questions about getting involved.

We welcome ideas and suggestions and encourage you to engage with us on IFT Connect and follow our LinkedIn so that you can receive Division news and participate in group discussions instantly. We also look forward to meeting you in person at IFT FIRST!

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A bimonthly seminar series will be featured during monthly volunteer meetings. We welcome new members to join meetings to learn from experts in different fields.

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Division Recognitions / Accomplishments

  • Dr. Fereidoon Shahidi, the first chair of the Nutraceutical & Functional Foods Division was awarded the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award in honor of Nicolas Appert.
  • Outstanding Volunteer - The Outstanding Volunteer award honors a current Division member who provided exemplary volunteer work to the Division in the current year. The 2021-2022 recipient is Emerson Nolasco.
  • Outstanding Service - The Outstanding Service award honors current Division members who have demonstrated a history of service to the Division or field. The 2021-2022 recipient is Cordelia Selomulya.

Division Oral Competition Finalists

  • First: Xiaoyu Bao, University of Alberta: Ovomucin hydrolysates inhibited bacterial adhesion and protected epithelial barrier integrity from enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) K88 in intestinal epithelial cells
  • Second: Emerson Nolasco, University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Understanding the role of the gastrointestinal microbiota in modulating the anti-hypertensive effect of egg white hydrolysate
  • Third: Cydney Jackson, Cornell University: Empire Apple (Malus domestica) Juice, Pomace, and Pulp Modulate Intestinal Functionality, Morphology, and Bacterial Populations In Vivo (Gallus gallus)
  • Finalist: Richmond Djorgbenoo, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University: Detoxification of lipid peroxidation aldehyde, 4-hydroxynonenal, by Flavonoids in Apple and Grapefruit
  • Finalist: Woojeong (Chloe) Kim, UNSW Sydney (University of New South Wales): Surface composition of β-carotene microcapsules comprising pea/whey protein complexes by synchrotron-FTIR microspectroscopy

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