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Keynote Speakers


Dr. Hasan Mukhtar is a Helfaer Professor of Cancer Research, Director and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin. He has extensive research experience in cancer prevention by bioactive food components emphasizing prostate, skin and pancreatic cancers.

The major focus of Mukhtar laboratory is to establish molecular target based approaches for prevention and treatment of cancer and skin disease psoriasis by phytochemicals. For over 25 years, the Mukhtar laboratory has devoted large efforts aimed at developing novel mechanism-based dietary agents for prevention and treatment of skin diseases and cancer. The Mukhtar laboratory was the first to establish potential role of green tea polyphenols for prevention of skin (both chemical and photo-carcinogenesis models), lung and prostate cancers. It was also the first to define potential cancer chemopreventive effects of a wide variety of dietary agents, most notably of ginger, lupeol, fisetin and pomegranate. Over the years the laboratory has devoted large efforts in defining molecular targets of cancer chemoprevention in various organ sites and also established several biomarkers which are predictive of cancer chemopreventive outcomes. This laboratory was also the first to provide the information about prostate cancer chemoprevention by oral infusion of green tea polyphenols and then to provide information about molecular targets for these effects. Currently the laboratory is working on novel dietary agents present in pigmented fruits and vegetables for the treatment of psoriasis. The Mukhtar laboratory has expertise in molecular and cellular biology, biomarker assessment and considerable experience with the use of various animal tumor bioassays of induced and transgenic models.


David Newman is the current chief of the Natural Products Branch (NPB) in the Developmental Therapeutics Program (DTP) at NCI Frederick, Maryland, USA, though by the time of the meeting, he will have retired from the National Cancer Institute. Born in the UK he received a M.Sc. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Liverpool and a D. Phil. from the University of Sussex for work in microbial chemistry. He went to the USA in1968 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Georgia and in 1970 joined the then Smith Kline & French Pharmaceuticals as a biological chemist. He received an MSLS in Information Science from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1977. In 1985 he left SK&F and following work in marine and microbial discovery programs at various companies he joined the NPB in 1991 with responsibilities for marine and microbial collection programs. Following Gordon Cragg’s retirement in Jan 2005 he was acting chief until appointed chief of the NPB in 2006. His research interests are in natural product structures as drugs and leads thereto. He is the author or coauthor of over 165 publications, and holds 21 patents mainly on microbial products.

Dr. Kamal Moudgil, MD, PhD is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. He has extensive research experience in immunology, particularly autoimmunity. Study of the pathogenesis of arthritis, including immune responses to heat-shock proteins (HSPs), and modulation of arthritis by different synthetic/natural products are major components of his research program. He currently directs research on autoimmune arthritis, antigen processing and presentation, and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) pursuant to research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH; Bethesda, USA) and other national/regional agencies. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles in journals, written over 25 book chapters and symposium articles, guest-edited multiple volumes of scientific journals, and co-edited a textbook. He has given invited seminars at medical schools/universities throughout the United States and in several other countries. In addition to supervising the research work of graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows, he is in-charge of the Immunology Course for the medical students at his institution. For his service for peer-review, he has served as a regular member of a major Immunology Study Section of the NIH, and as an ad-hoc member of over 25 other NIH Study Sections. Hecurrently serves on the editorial board of 6 journals, and has reviewed original research articles for over 30 journals. He also has chaired scientific sessions at many international and national conferences relating to immunology, autoimmunity, arthritis, and CAM.

Plenary Speakers


Prof. Franco Graduate at Ciências Biológicas from Universidade Federal do Ceará (1998) and PhD at Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Universidade de Brasília (2001). Actually he is a head professor from Universidade Catolica Dom Bosco and Universidade Catolica de Brasilia, visiting professor from Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, researcher from the Post-Graduation program of Physics Education from UCB, researcher from Universidade de Brasilia at the program of Molecular Pathology adn researcher from CNPq. At the moment, he is consulter of CNPq, FAPEMIG, FINEP, FAPDF, FUNDCET, FAPEMA, FUNDECT, FUNCAP, CPP, FONCYT, CONICYT, FAPESB, FACEPE, Kazakistan government, Austrian Science Fundation, Gates Foundation e National Science Foundation (NSF) US. Also, he is a member of Sociedade Brasileira de Bioquimica e Biologia Molecular (SBBq), The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Prof Franco has experience in biochemistry, proteomics and molecular modeling. He is acting on the following subjects: antimicrobial peptides, immunomodulators, antifreezing and proteome of animals, plants and microorganisms. Also have his work focused on the development of bioproducts and bioprocesses. Prof Franco published more than 185 articles with H-index of 22.


Prof. Dr. Mohamed Fawzy Ramadan Hassanien is currently working as a Professor of Biochemistry at Zagazig University (Egypt). Prof. M.F. Ramadan obtained his Ph.D. (Dr.rer.nat.) in Natural Science-Food Chemistry from Berlin University of Technology (Germany, 2004). As post-doctoral researcher, Prof. M.F. Ramadan continued his research in ranked universities in different countries including University of Helsinki (Finland), Max-Rubner Institute (Germany), Berlin University of Technology (Germany), and University of Maryland (USA). In 2010, he was invited to be a visiting Professor (100% research) at King Saud University in Saudi Arabia. In 2012, he was invited to be a visiting Professor (100% teaching) in School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Russian Federation. Prof. M.F. Ramadan published more than 120 papers, reviews in international peer-reviewed journals with high impact factor as well as some books and book chapters (recent h-index is 22). He was participated and an invited speaker in several international conferences. Since 2003, Prof. M.F. Ramadan is a editor and reviewer in many highly-cited international journals. Prof. M.F. Ramadan received Abdul Hamid Shoman Prize for Young Arab Researcher in Agricultural Sciences (2006), Egyptian State Prize for Encouragement in Agricultural Sciences (2009), European Young Lipid Scientist Award (2009), AU-TWAS Young Scientist National Awards (Egypt) in Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (2013), TWAS-ARO Young Arab Scientist (YAS) Prize in Scientific and Technological Achievement (2013) and Atta-ur-Rahman Prize in Chemistry (2014). Prof. Hassanien’s current research interests are chemistry of bioactive compounds and impact of processing on functionality and properties of food components.

PhD (funded HEC, Pakistan) from Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan (awarded 2013). Plant Molecular Biologist with 6 years national, international research experience in Plant Biochemistry and plant Molecular biology. Areas of specialization, Plant biotechnology, genetic transformation of plants with different transformation procedures, Lab-work experience in all molecular biology techniques, also interested in several bench top bioassays to determine the biological and phytochemical activities of secondary metabolites isolated from plants, analysis of metabolic pathways in plants and DNA sequencing of plants. Teaching experience at masters and MS and PhD levels in molecular biology and principles of gene manipulation. 6 months research experience at University of Warwick, UK. Currently teaching as an Assistant professor in International Islamic University and supervising 6 BS, 2 MS and co-supervising 2 PhD research students. She is also member of National Academy of young scientists (NAYS) Pakistan.


Dr Mahmoud F. Elsebai born in Egypt and he is an assistant professor at the University of Mansoura, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacognosy, Egypt where he received a M.Sc. in chemistry and biology of plant natural products. In 2011, he got his PhD from the University of Bonn, Germany in the chemistry and biology of marine natural products (4 years scholarship from the Egyptian government). He went to Finland in 2012 as a post-doctoral fellow in both departments of Chemistry (Dr. Sampo Mattila) and Biology (Dr. Anna Maria Pirttilae) at the University of Oulu, for the sake of finding the active ingredients of artichoke which are responsible for its outstanding activity as anti-hepatitis C viral agent. In 2013 he went to France for further collaboration with Dr. Mohamed Mehiri (University of Nice Sophia Antipolis) and currently he is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oulu. Dr. Elsebai has many international peer-reviewed publications and attended many international conferences symposia / workshops (plenary speaker / oral presentations / posters) in Germany (5 times),Egypt (2 times), Finland (4 times), Sweden (best oral presentation, travel grant), Italy (2 times), Poland, Switzerland (2 times), Portugal, Greece. Dr. Elsebai is a reviewer in many international journals such as “Marine Drugs“, “Journal of Ethnopharmacology“, “Phytochemistry Reviews“, “Polish Journal of Food and Nutrition Sciences“, “Journal of Marine Natural Products“.


Presently, Prof. S. Sadish Kumar is the Principal of I.T.S Paramedical College (Pharmacy), Ghaziabad, India prior to which he was the Dean of the college and has around 2 decades of Research and Teaching experience. He is a reviewer and member of the editorial boards of journals, professional bodies in India & abroad. He served as a member of the Board of Studies of Pharmacy at Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow. He has published 2 books, 20 research articles & presented 17 research papers in India & abroad and guided 29 MPharm research projects in Marine and other natural products. His Biography has been cited in Marquis Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare (8th edition), USA. He was commemorated as ‘International Health Professional of the year’, selected as a recipient of the ‘International Einstein Award for Scientific Achievement’, awarded as ‘The Cambridge Certificate for Outstanding Medical Achievement’ by The International Biographical Centre (IBC) of Cambridge, England in 2012. He was the recipient of the Best Teacher Award by I.T.S Paramedical College (Pharmacy) for the years 2009, 2010 and 2011. Prof. S. Sadish Kumar is currently working on Structural elucidation of chemical compounds of Brown, Red & Blue-green algae; 2D & 3D QSAR analysis of oxygenated steroids; Biological screening of Marine algal steroids.

Oral presentations


Irina Camelia has been a medical doctor since 1998. She has got her PhD in Medical Sciences in 2003 with specializing in Laboratory Medicine since 2003. Since 2012, she is interested in Internal Medicine. Currently, she is a lecturer in the Physiology Department of University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Haţieganu”, Cluj-Napoca, Romania since 2006. Field of Expertise of Dr Irina:The implications of oxidative stress in pathological processes (diabetes mellitus); Testing of flavonoids (Quercetin) for their possible use as antioxidants and restoration ofendothelial dysfunction that accompanies diabetes.


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