Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute

About Functional Food Center/Functional Food Institute

About the Functional Food Center

The Functional Food Center (FFC) is the leading organization in the world for evaluating functional food products and educating public in Functional Food Science. The primary goal of the FFC is to educate physicians, health professionals, researchers, scientists, students, and the public on the health benefits of functional foods and food bioactive compounds to increase their knowledge in this specific field of science. For these reasons, FFC organizes annual international conferences, publishes textbooks and research articles, as well as writes informative newsletters promoting these events and accomplishments.

Since 1998, FFC has hosted 27 international conferences around the globe, upheld an open-access journal for more than 7 years, published more than 30 books including 7 textbooks on functional food science and establishing the Academic Society of Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds (ASFFBC) with more than 3,000 scientists. Among the most recent textbooks published on functional food science include:

Functional Food Textbook Volume 1: Introduction to Functional Food Science

Functional Food Textbook Volume 2: Functional Foods for Chronic Diseases

Functional Food Textbook Volume 3: Cancer Biology and Dietary Factors

Functional Food Textbook Volume 4: Bioactive Compounds and Cancer

Functional Food Textbook Volume 5: Functional Foods in Integrative Oncology

Functional Food Textbook Volume 6: Basic Principles of Functional Food Science

Functional Food Textbook Volume 7: Functional Foods and Mental Health

With monthly updates on new investigations in functional foods and bioactive compounds, FFC sends newsletters regarding research and public education to more than 1,200,000 readers. Additionally, the organization now has two peer-reviewed, open access scientific journals: Functional Foods in Health and Disease (FFHD) and a new journal on Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease (BCHD).

The Functional Food Center is known for its definition of Functional Foods as follows: “functional foods” as “Natural or processed foods that contain biologically-active compounds; which, in defined, effective non-toxic amounts, provide a clinically proven and documented health benefit utilizing specific biomarkers, for the prevention, management, or treatment of chronic disease or its symptoms”.

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Health and Disease Journal Internship

July 2021 - September 2021 San Diego, CA
“I appreciated having a say in my tasks; Dr. Martirosyan regularly asked for my input and was open to any ideas. He was also very flexible whenever I needed time off. I enjoyed being able to write research articles that will be submitted to (and hopefully published in) one of FFC’s peer reviewed academic journals. I also got to edit articles submitted to their journals.”

Functional Food/ Nutrition Intern

December 2020 - August 2021 Coral Gables, FL
“I loved the project I worked on. It broadened my skillset and allowed me to be out of my comfort zone. Dr. Martirosyan was a wonderful mentor and boss and I really value everything that I have learned from him”
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