8th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium

Registration Information

Registration Closed

  • Scientific Presentations – $450
  • Student Registration – $125
  • Berry Sessions – $150
  • Oregon Berry Discovery Tour – $100
2019 Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Support Research Driving Consumer Awareness of Berries & Health!


The Berry Health Benefits Symposium offers a unique opportunity to connect brands with members of the berry industry, academics, press and an international audience. Sponsorships are eligible for a 501c3 deduction and are custom designed for each sponsor to achieve their communication goals. For more info click here.

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Venue and Lodging Details

ES_entrance2_2_1280x430_FitToBoxSmallDimension_LowerCenterHost Hotel: Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown
319 SW Pine Street
Portland, OR 97204-2726
Call for Reservations: (503) 279-9000
Book Online by clicking here.
A block of rooms is reserved for the symposium.
Organizer Details
National Berry Crops Initiative


May 7th-9th, 2019 Portland, OR

2019 BHBS Pre-Proceedings (6.5MB PDF)

Scientific Presentations

May 7th to 9th | Speakers from around the globe will share cutting edge information on how berries positively impact human health and wellness. During the day and a half program speakers will present their most current work in clinical, basic and applied research. Sessions on Berries and Heart and Healthy Aging, Metabolism, Berries and the Brain, Gut Health/Microflora and Berry Special Topics, Food Technology and Chemistry will be featured.

The Berry Sessions

Tuesday,  May 7th | Join us for a half day special event that targets those in the berry industry, corporate executives, the media and anyone else who would like to learn more about berries and health and how to communicate the research in this growing field effectively.

Keynote Address and Dinner

Wednesday, May 8th | Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Director, Plants for Human Health Institute, David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University. Dr. Lila’s keynote address will be Berries — They’re Not Just for Breakfast Anymore. Through ground-breaking, transdisciplinary discovery and outreach, her team of faculty at the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) pioneers a dramatic shift in the way the American public views and uses food crops – not merely as a source of nutrients and flavorful calories, but as a powerful resource for components that protect and enhance human health.

Oregon Berry Discovery Tour

Thursday,  May 9th | Oregon is one of the only states who produces caneberries, blueberries, strawberries and cranberries primarily for the processed industry. This tour will focus on the processed side of this region’s berry industry. Enjoy the beginning of berry season in Oregon with this half day bus tour. More details to follow.

Download a printable 2019 BHBS schedule here or review the full schedule below.


2019 Berry Health Benefits Symposium Schedule

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Attendees & Speakers Arrive

2:00pm – 5:00pm | Registration Opens

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

9:00am | Opening Remarks
9:30am-12:30pm | The Berry Sessions
  • Berryology 104 – Understand the Terminologies Used in Speaking about Berry Health – Dr. Navindra Seeram & Dr. Britt Burton Freeman
  • From Sound Science to Clear Communication of Nutrition Research – How do we ensure that the berry health message communicated to consumers is clear and accurate? By starting with sound science and ensuring that down the line it is delivered with clear communication.
  • International Marketing of the Berry Health Message – A panel of speakers will present on the differences of marketing the message of berries and health to different parts of the world.
  • Berry Nutrient Density Health Research Project – Nutrient Profiling Models that Incorporate Flavonoids put Berries on Top – Dr. Adam Drewnowski

Lunch Break

12:30pm – 1:45pm

Scientific Presentations

1:50pm | Scientific Presentations Welcome
2:00pm-4:00pm | Berries & the Brain

Current Research Review. Chair overview by Dr. Barbara Shukitt-Hale, USDA/Tufts University

  • The Chronic Effects of a Wild Blueberry Intervention on Cognition and Urinary Metabolites in 7-10 Year Old Children – Claire Williams, PhD, Chair of Neuroscience, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
  • Impact of Raspberries on Vascular Architecture and Cognitive Function in a Transgenic Model of Alzheimer’s Disease – Dr. Chris Gill, University of Ulster, School of Biomedical Sciences, Research Institute, Biomedical Sciences
  • Impact of Berry Polyphenols on the Gut-Brain Axis – Dr. David Vauzour, Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • The Effects of Berry Polyphenols on Cognitive Function in Adults in the Context of Other Plant Based Ingredients: An ILSI Europe Systematic Review – Louise Dye, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Leeds

4:00pm-5:30pm | Poster Session Presentation Reception

(Dinner on own)

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Scientific Presentations

9:00am-11:00am | Berries & Cardio-Metabolic Health

Current Research Review. Chair overview by Dr. Britt Burton Freeman, Institute for Food Safety and Health at Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Dietary Raspberry Induces Browning of White Adipose Tissue via AMPK – Meijun Zhu, PhD, School of Food Science, Washington State University
  • Blueberry Anthocyanins and Proanthocyanins Improve Insulin Sensitivity in Diet-Induced Obese Mice Through Their Impact on the Gut Microbiota – Dr. André Marette, Université Laval, Faculty of Medicine, Heart and Lung Institute
  • Berry Polyphenols and Endothelial function: Findings From Human Studies and Mechanistic Insights  – Dr. Ana Maria Rodriguez-Mateos, Nutrition Department, King’s College London
  • Blueberries for Attenuating Age-Related Vascular Dysfunction: Evidence and Opportunities – Dr. Sarah A. Johnson, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University

11:10am-12:05pm | Berry Phytochemicals and Metabolites on Cardiovascular Function

Current Research Review. Chair overview by  Mary Ann Lila, PhD, Plants for Human Health Institute & Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University

  • Effects of Short-Term Consumption of Strawberry Powder on Parameters of Vascular Health in Adolescent Males – Carl Keen, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis
  • The Impact of Blueberries on Cardiometabolic Health in Participants with Metabolic Syndrome – Results From a 6-Month Trial – Aedin Cassidy, PhD, Chair in Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, UK

Lunch Break

12:05pm – 1:30pm

1:30pm-2:20pm | Berry Phytochemicals and Metabolites on Cardiovascular Function (cont.)
  • Dietary Berries, Insulin Resistance and Diabetes – Arpita Basu, PhD, Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Characterizing the Berry Metabolome: Insights & Examples from Bilberry, Blueberry and Strawberry Interventions – Dr. Colin D. Kay, PhD, Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University
2:30pm-3:30pm | Junior Investigator Oral Presentations

Poster Sessions

5:00pm – 6:30pm

Keynote Dinner

6:30pm-8:30pm | Berries — They’re Not Just for Breakfast AnymoreMary Ann Lila, PhD

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

Scientific Presentations

9:00am-10:55am | Gut Health & Gut Microflora

Current Research Review. Chair overview by Dr. Jess Reed, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Phenyl-γ-valerolactones and Phenylvaleric Acids, the Main Colonic Metabolites of Flavan-3-ols: Their Relevance in Berry Health Benefits – Daniele Del Rio, PhD, Human Nutrition Unit, Department of Food and Drugs, University of Parma
  • Impact of Cranberry Juice Consumption on Gut and Vaginal Microbiota in Post-Menopausal Women – Dr. Franck Carbonero, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
  • Promoting Colon Health by Berries: the Case Studies of Strawberry and Cranberry – Dr. Hang Xiao, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • The Tannin Fractions of Polyphenol Berry Extracts Regulate Glycemia Through a Modulation of the Gut Microbiota and an Improvement of Gut Barriers Function  – Dr. Yves Desjardins, Horticulture Research Center, Université Laval
11:15am-12:45pm | Berry Special Topics, Food Technology & Chemistry

Current Research Review. Chair overview by Dr. Navindra Seeram, University of Rhode Island

  • Anti-proliferative Activity of Berry Volatiles – Luke Howard, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
  • Sweet Health Prospects for Cranberry Sugars – David Rowley, PhD, University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, BPS Department Chair and Professor
  • Are We Ready for Precision Cancer Prevention Using Black Raspberries? – Li Shu Wang, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin

Lunch Break

12:45pm – 1:15pm

Oregon Berry Discovery Tour

1:30pm – 8:30pm

  • Berry farm tours
  • North Willamette Research & Extension Center tour
  • IQF processing tour
  • Closing dinner


Event Sponsors

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