Phenolic Compounds and Human Cognitive Function: Food for Thought

PhenHRIG Symposium 2014 at Experimental Biology

Saturday April 26th, 1-5 pm San Diego Convention Center, 32A  Special Session.43.PhenHRIG: Phenolic Compounds and Human Cognitive Function: Food for Thought  

Title:  Phenolic Compounds and Human Cognitive Function: Food for Thought

Abstract: Plant phenolic compounds may aid in the maintenance of cognitive function and prevent neurological decline in human health and disease. This symposium will address the identification of the phenolic compounds and their food sources that provide these neurological effects. The speakers at PhenHRIG 2014 will evaluate the relationships and mechanisms between dietary phenolics and cognitive function.   For additional information please visit:


1:00 pm- Introduction Dr Myron Gross, PhenHRIG Chair, University of Minnesota.

1:05 pm- Dr. Francine Grodstein, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. Title: Long-Term Consumption of Berries and Flavonoids, and Cognitive Function in Older Women

2:00 pm Dr. Giulio Pasinetti, Department of Neurology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Title: Mechanistic Investigation of Polyphenol Metabolites Bioactivities in Alzheimer’s Disease

2:40 pm Dr. Emilio Ros, Service of Endocrinology and Nutrition, Hospital Clínic, University of Barcelona, Spain. Title: Polyphenol-Rich Foods in the Mediterranean Diet and Cognitive Function in Elderly Subjects

3:20 Dr. Gary Small, Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, CA. Title: Effects of Pomegranate Juice on Memory and Brain Activity in Middle-Aged and Older Adults with Mild Memory Complaints

Sponsors: Neolife Nutritionals, American Pistachio Growers, California Table Grape Commission, GNLD, Sun-Maid Growers of California, Shaklee, National Confectioners Association, and USDA-ARS Beltsville.

4:00 pm PhenHRIG Student Research Award presentations

Student $100 PhenHRIG- Neolife Nutritionals Award Winners for Phenolic Research:                                

4:10 pm Shannon L. Glisan1, Kimberly A. Grove1, Sudathip Sae-Tan1, Neela H. Yennawar1, and Joshua D. Lambert1. Enzymological and in silico studies on the inhibition of digestive enzymes by tea polyphenols1Depart Food Science,  2The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State Univ, University Park, PA

4:20 pm Allyson M. Bower1, Luis M. Real-Hernandez1, Mark A. Berhow3, Elvira G. de Mejia2. Compounds from rosemary and Mexican oregano are natural inhibitors of dipeptidyl peptidase-IV, a target of type-2 diabetes therapy. 1Div Nutritional Sciences, Univ Illinois 2Dept Food Science and Human Nutrition, Univ Illinois Urbana-Champaign 3USDA-ARS

4:30 pm Inhae Kang, Meshail Okla, and Soonkyu Chung. Ellagic acid attenuates adipocyte differentiation via histone arginine methylation-associated epigenetic modification. Dept Nutrition and Health Sciences, Univ Nebraska, Lincoln, NE

4:40 pm Liyang Xie1, Samantha Yohn2, John Salamone2, Robin Bogner3, Bradley Bolling1. Neusilin® influences curcumin bioavailability and anti-depressant efficacy in rats. 1Dept Nutritional Sciences, Univ Connecticut, 2Dept Psychology, Univ Connecticut, 3School of Pharmacy, Univ Connecticut, Storrs, CT




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