9th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium


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  • Symposium Only – All Sessions – $550
  • Student Registration – Symposium Only – All Sessions – $200
  • Florida Berry Tour$50
  • We are also offering hotel + symposium packages, click Pre-Register button to view all available packages.
We are moving forward with the planning of an in-person event for the 2022 Berry Health Benefits Symposium. However, we are closely monitoring the current federal and state recommendations. We will not be confirming registrations or processing payments for the symposium until November 15th, 2021. On that date we will evaluate the current health landscape and if necessary, we will pivot to a one-day online program during the scheduled symposium dates (February 1 – 3 , 2022) and will postpone the in-person conference to take place by March of 2023.

ES_entrance2_2_1280x430_FitToBoxSmallDimension_LowerCenterHost Hotel: Hotel Alba, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Downtown Tampa
5303 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Call for Reservations: (813) 289-1950
Book Online by clicking here.
A block of rooms is reserved for the symposium.
National Berry Crops Initiative
Dr. Barbara-Shukitt-Hale

Dr. Barbara Shukitt-Hale

Berries and the Brain Session Chair

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Scientific Presentations

February 1st to 3rd Speakers from around the globe will share cutting edge information on how berries positively impact human health and wellness. During the two and a half day program speakers will present their most current work in clinical, basic and applied research. Scientific sessions on Berries and the Brain, Heart and Healthy Aging, Berries and the Skin, Gut Health and Gut Microflora and Berry Special Topics, Food Technology and Chemistry will be featured. In addition, new for 2022, four seminar sessions will take place between the scientific presentations. Topics will include berries and immunity, berry supplements, berry clamshell sustainability and more.

Florida Berry Tour

Thursday, February 3rd  A Behind-the-Scenes look at the Florida berry industry and closing dinner. Enjoy Florida strawberry season with this half day bus tour and explore this rich farmland that grows delicious berries. The tour will include a chartered bus tour to discover Florida berry farms, the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center Balm Campus and finishes with a Cowboy BBQ at the Southern Grace Ranch.

Pre-Registration Information

We are using a new registration platform for the 2022 Berry Health Benefits Symposium. Please visit our event page on Eventzilla for more information.


2022 Berry Health Benefits Symposium

**Full schedule will be available November 15th, 2021**

Tuesday, February 1st, 2022 – Brain & Heart

  • Berries and the Brain Scientific Session – Chair overview by Dr. Barbara Shukitt-Hale, USDA/Tufts University
    • Dr. Claire Williams, Chair of Neuroscience, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
    • Dr. Puja Agarwal, Department of Internal Medicine, Rush University Medical College, Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and the Department of Clinical Nutrition
    • Dr. Robert Krikorian, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
  • Poster Reception

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022 – Skin & Gut

  • Berries and the Skin Scientific Session – Chair overview by 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. Iva Fernandes, REQUIMTE/LAQV at the Faculty of Science at the University of Porto, Portugal
    • Dr. Steve Oghumu, Wexner Medical Center, The Ohio State University
    • Dr. Giuseppe Valacchi, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University
    • Dr. Fabio Virgili, Research Centre for Food and Nutrition of the National Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, Italy
  • Berries and Gut Health / Gut Microflora Scientific Session – Chair overview by Dr. Jess Reed, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Berry Supplements Reception

Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 – Berry Special Topics

  • Berry Special Topics, Food Technology & Chemistry Scientific Session – Chair overview by Dr. Luke R. Howard, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas
  • Florida Berry Discovery Tour – 1pm-8pm, chartered bus tour and closing dinner

Event Sponsors

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