7th Biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium

March 28 to 30, 2017 Pismo Beach, California

2017 BHBS Pre-Proceedings (3.5MB PDF)

Scientific presentations

Scientist inspecting berriesMarch 28 to 30 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 thirty speakers will present their most current work in clinical, basic and applied research. Sessions on Berries and Heart and Healthy Aging, Cancer, Metabolism, Brain Aging, Gut Health/Microflora and Berry Special Topics, Food Technology and Chemistry will be featured.

The Berry Sessions

Tuesday,  March 28 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,  March 29 Our Keynote Speaker will be Professor David Hughes, Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, and Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University, U.K., his keynote address will be “Riding The Health Wave and Connecting with 21st Century Berry Consumers”.  We are thrilled to have a keynote speaker who works around the globe, with food and beverage supply chain companies – including farm input, growers, manufacturers and ingredient companies, retailers and food service firms – to assist them in management training, strategy and Board level decision-making.

California Berry Discovery Tour and Closing Dinner

Thursday,  March 30 Enjoy the beauty of spring in California with this half day bus tour. The tour will start at the Cal Poly Strawberry Center followed by visits to multi crop berry farms in the Santa Maria Valley. The bus tour will be followed by a closing reception and dinner at Trattoria Uliveto in Orcutt, CA. This half day tour will include bus transportation, boxed lunch and dinner.

2017 Berry Health Benefits Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

The Berry Sessions

8:30am – 12:00pm

  • Berryology 103 – Understand the Terminologies Used in Speaking about Berry HealthDr. Navindra Seeram, PhD
  • NHANES Report – Assessing Berry Fruit Consumption and Factors Associated with it in the United StatesDr. Patricia Guenther
  • Berry Farmers Forum – Berry farmers from different regions and crops discuss how research into berries and health supports the industry from a berry farmer’s perspective
  • Marketing the Berry Health Message – Collaborative presentation from the marketing teams of the major berry groups

Scientific Presentations

Berry Special Topics, Food Technology & Chemistry

1:00pm – 3:00pm

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

  • The Missing Pink? Could Enterohepatic Circulation of Anthocyanins Help to Explain Their Health Benefits? Wilhelmina Kalt, PhD, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Polyphenol-Enriched Berry Extracts Naturally Blunt Hyper-Reactive Proteins in Model Foods Mary Ann Lila, PhD, Director, Plants for Human Health Institute, David H. Murdock Distinguished Professor, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University
  • Insoluble Proanthocyanidin Interactions with Berry Cell Wall Components Christian G. Krueger, PhD, Complete Phytochemical Solutions, LLC
  • Cranberry Constituents Prevent Quiescence in the Uropathogenic Escherichia Coli Strain CFT073 – David Rowley, PhD, University of Rhode Island, College of Pharmacy, BPS Department Chair and Professor

Cocktail Hour Poster Session Presentations

4:30pm – 6:00pm

Welcome Dinner

6:30 PM – Sponsored by Ocean Spray, Inc.

Ocean Spray


Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Scientific Presentations

Berries, Heart & Healthy Aging

8:00am – 10:00am

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

  • Cardioprotective Effects of Berries and the Probable Mechanism of Action Bahram H. Arjmandi, PhD, RD, Margaret A. Sitton Professor, Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences, Director of the Center for Advancing Exercise and Nutrition Research on Aging (CAENRA), College of Human Sciences, Florida State University
  • Blueberries: Is it a “Berry” Good Idea for Cardiovascular Health? April J. Stull, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Nutrition, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Department of Human Ecology
  • Evidence for Anti-Obesity and Beneficial Glucoregulatory Effects of BerriesJanet A. Novotny, PhD, Research Physiologist, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Berries and Bone Health: From In Vitro to Clinical Evidence Shanil Juma, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Texas Woman’s University

Berries and Metabolism

10:15am – 12:15pm

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

  • Role of Berries and Bioactives in the Modulation of Vascular Function: Evidence from In Vitro and In Vivo Studies – Cristian Del Bo’, PhD, University of Milan, DeFENS-Department of Food, Environmental, and Nutritional Sciences Division of Human Nutrition
  • Effects of Blueberries in a Preclinical Model of Post-Traumatic Stress DisorderJoseph Francis, BVSc, MVSc, PhD, Everett D. Besch Professor of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University
  • Dietary Berries and Osteoarthritis (OA): Effects of Strawberries on Pain and Inflammation in Obese Adults with Radiographic Evidence of Knee OA Arpita Basu, PhD, College of Human Sciences, Oklahoma State University
  • Consumption of Red Raspberries, at Typical Levels of Intake Reduces Metabolic Syndrome Parameters in High-fat fed MiceTing Luo, PhD Candidate in the Food, Science & Technology Department, Oregon State University for Neil Shay, PhD – Oregon State University

Berries and Brain Aging

1:30pm – 3:30pm

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

  • Mitigating the Effects of High Fat Diet in the Brain with Berry Supplementation Amanda N. Carey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Simmons College, Dept. of Psychology
  • Effects of Flavonoid-Rich Blueberries on Cognitive Function in Healthy Younger and Older Adults Claire Williams, PhD, Chair of Neuroscience, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading
  • The Berry Flavonoid Fisetin is Protective in Multiple Animal Models of Age-Associated Neurological Disorders Pam Maher, PhD, Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory, The Salk Institute
  • Berry Fruit Supplementation in Cognitive Aging: Advances in Human Berry TrialsRobert Krikorian, PhD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center

Poster Session Presentations

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Keynote Dinner Reception

5:30pm – 6:30pm

Keynote Dinner

6:30 PM – Sponsored by Dole, Inc.


Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Scientific Presentations

Berries and Cancer

8:30am – 9:55am

Current Research Review. Chair overview by Dr. Ramesh Gupta, University of Louisville

  • Berry Anthos for the Management of Various Cancers Farrukh Aqil, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and James Graham Brown Cancer Center
  • Mechanisms of Chemoprevention of Breast Cancer by Biofermented Blueberry Preparation: An Interface Between Nutrition and Cancer Chantal Matar, PhD, RD, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Cranberry Fruits in Bladder Cancer Prevention – Jeevan Prasain, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Berries and Gut Health/Gut Microflora

10:15am – 12:10pm

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

  • The Axis of Gut Bacteria-Metabolites-Their Receptors in Colon Carcinogenesis Li Shu Wang PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Raspberry Phytochemicals are Bioactive Following in Vivo Digestion Chris Gill, PhD, University of Ulster, School of Biomedical Sciences, Research Institute, Biomedical Sciences
  • Ulcers, Stomach Cancer, Antibiotic Resistance and Cranberries: What’s the Connection? Amy Howell, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Marucci Center for Blueberry Cranberry Research, Rutgers University
  • Cranberry Proanthocyanidins Reverse Microbial Dysbiosis and Inhibit Bile Acid Metabolism in Association with Esophageal Cancer Prevention Laura Kresty, PhD, Associate Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

California Berry Discovery Tour

1:00pm – 9:00pm

Travel to Cal Poly & the berry growing regions of Central California and enjoy a final closing dinner.


Event Sponsors

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