Program Schedule
Day 1: 20 March 2014
Session 1-Opening: Bitter Gourd Conference 2014 Chair: Dr. Warwick Easdown, AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center South Asia
Welcome remarks by Dr. Hughes of AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center     Dr Jacqueline Hughes
Welcome remarks by Dr. Kalpagam Polasa of the National Institute of Nutrition Video   Dr Kalpagam Polasa
Importance and potential of bitter gourd in agriculture, nutrition, and health     Dr Michael Krawinkel
Session 2 – Theme 1: Bitter gourd in agriculture and markets Chair: Dr. Bhimu Patil, Texas A & M, USA
Bitter gourd germplasm diversity and seed research Video Presentation Dr Andreas Ebert
Bitter gourd germplasm in India Video Presentation Dr Mamta Pathak
Bitter gourd varietal selection and multi-locational trials Video Presentation Dr Narinder Dhillon
Development and validation of DUS test guidelines of bitter gourd Video Presentation Dr Bijendra Singh
Bitter gourd value chain in Asia and Africa Video Presentation Dr Victor Afari–Sefa
Current status of bitter gourd production and marketing in Asia and market potential of bitter gourd as a functional vegetable Video Presentation Mr Ricardo Reyes
Session 3 – Theme 2: Bitter gourd in food and nutrition Chair: Dr. S. Premakumari, Avinashilingam University for Women, India
Overview of the nutritional profiles of bitter gourds in India Video Presentation Dr K. Bhaskarachary
Bitter gourd and antidiabetics: Biochemistry and mechanism Video Presentation Dr Sandra Habicht
Possible new mechanisms for the benefit of bitter gourd to metabolic health Video Presentation Dr Ching–Jang Huang
Day 2: 21 March 2014
Session 4 – Theme 3: Bitter gourd for health and people Chair: Dr. K. Bhaskarachary, National Institute of Nutrition, India
Effect of bitter gourd clinical trial in pre-diabetics: Blind, randomized crossover trial in India Video Presentation Dr Amirthaveni Subramanian & Dr S. Premakumari
Antidiabetic effect of bitter gourd in pre-diabetics: blind, randomized crossover trial in Tanzania Video Presentation Dr Mark Swai
Momordica charantia for type 2 diabetes: A randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded and prospective clinical study as add-on combination to ongoing oral antidiabetes therapies Video Presentation Dr Kurt Zaenker
Use of plant foods including fenugreek and bitter gourd in managing type II diabetes Video Presentation Dr P.V. Rao
Bitter gourd intervention: Health economics Video Presentation Dr Chao Hsiung
Session 5 – Plenary session: Cutting-edge research to pave the road forward Chair: Dr. Michael Krawinkel, Justus–Liebig University-Giessen
What can we do next in bitter gourd research? Video Presentation Dr Ray-yu Yang
Food for health: Linking agriculture to nutrition and health Video Presentation Dr Bhimu Patil
Phytochemicals, metabolomics and antidiabetics Video Presentation Dr Ming-Shi Shiao
Session 6 – Closing session
Final remarks and closing Video   Dr Warwick Easdown
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