8th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium

Registration Information

Register Now!

Scientific Presentations – $450

Student Registration – $125

Berry Sessions – $150

Oregon Berry Discovery Tour – $100

*Registration is available through our online registration portal. Please note that you will be prompted to set up a new account before the conference registration options are presented.

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. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact Darcy Kochis – Conference Director at darcy@foodfirstmarketing.com

2017 bhbs chilean blueberry council lunch sponsorship sign

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

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.

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.


2019 Berry Health Benefits Symposium

Berry Special Topics, Food Technology & Chemistry


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

  • Mary Ann Lila, PhD, Director, Plants for Human Health Institute, David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • David Rowley, PhD, University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, BPS Department Chair and Professor
  • Li Shu Wang, PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Luke Howard, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas

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

  • Sarah Johnson, PhD, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Andre Marette, Université Laval, Heart and Healthy Aging Speaker
  • Dr. Ana Maria Rodriguez-Mateos, Nutrition Department, King’s College London
  • Meijun Zhu, PhD, School of Food Science, Washington State University

Berries & the Brain


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

  • Dr. Chris Gill, University of Ulster, School of Biomedical Sciences, Research Institute, Biomedical Sciences
  • Claire Williams, PhD, Chair of Neuroscience, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
  • Dr. David Vauzour, Norwich Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia
  • Louise Dye, PhD, School of Psychology, University of Leeds

Gut Health & Gut Microflora


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

  • Franck Carbonero, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
  • Daniele Del Rio, PhD, Human Nutrition Unit, Department of Food and Drugs, University of Parma
  • Yves Desjardins, PhD, Horticulture Research Center, Université Laval
  • Hang Xiao, PhD, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Berry Phytochemicals and Metabolites on Cardiovascular Function


Current Research Review. Chair overview by Dr. Ron Prior, University of Arkansas

  • Dr. Colin D. Kay, PhD, Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Bioprocessing & Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Aedin Cassidy, PhD, Norwich Medical School Research Group Member, Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Research Group Member, Cardiovascular and Metabolic Health
  • Arpita Basu, PhD, Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Carl Keen, PhD, Department of Nutrition and Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis

Event Sponsors

California Strawberry CommissionChilean Blueberry CommitteeUS Highbush Blueberry CouncilORBC_Primary_Logo_RGB National Processed Raspberry Council Red Raspberries The Cranberry Institute wb logo 4SunBelleNaturipe Berry Growsers, Inc.Oregon Strawberry CommissionFlorida Strawberry Growers Association (FSGA)complete-phytochemical-solutionsWell-Pict BerriesWymans of Maine