Partnership with IFT to hold Short Course on Jun 25, 2012

Partnership with IFT to hold Short Course on Jun 25, 2012

Published: January 13, 2012

Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research has a proven record of success for providing the company members education opportunities including annual short course, annual technical conference, forum, and the coming International Hydrocolloid Conference. This year, Whistler Center first-time partners with IFT to hold the IFT Pre-Annual Meeting Short Courses in titled of Designing Carbohydrate Supramolecular Structures for Food at the LVH-Las Vegas Hotel and Casino on June 25, 2012.

This course will lead you to the exciting frontiers of carbohydrate design for foods and how these initiatives can eventually benefit your business goals, i.e. to make food safer, have enhanced sensory quality, and be more nutritious. The course will focus on carbohydrate-based supramolecular structures, i.e. the assemblies among molecular components or subunits for achieving specific functionalities, such as enhanced texture and the protection and delivery of bioactive food components. The course will be taught by renowned academic and industrial leaders in the field of carbohydrates.

You will be able to:

  • Gain an overall understanding of current scientific and technological developments associated with functional carbohydrate supramolecular structures and their interactions
  • Learn the fundamental concepts in designing new biomaterials, particularly carbohydrates
  • Discuss the scientific and technological aspects of carbohydrates used in food systems
  • Appreciate new concepts of controlled delivery and stabilization of bioactives in food systems
  • Explore the potential of using naturally-occurring biomaterials in designing functional supramolecular structures

Course agenda:

Monday, June 25, 2012

7:00am Continental Breakfast & Onsite Registration Opens

8:00am Welcome and introduction to areas and speakers, framing of the problems, by Dr. Yuan Yao

8:15am Carbohydrate-based self-assembled soluble nanoparticles with carrying capacity, by Dr. Bruce Hamaker

9:25am Designing functional cellulose: from the processing perspective, by Dr. An-I Yeh

10:35am Coffee Break

10:50am Glucan particulate systems and their interactions with bioactive compounds, by Dr. Yuan Yao

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Structure and functions of gum polysaccharides, by Dr. Mar Nieto

2:10pm Self-Assembly of Biopolymers at Nanoscale, by Dr. Quingrong Huang

3:20pm Coffee Break

3:35pm Polymeric systems to improve bioavailability of food nutirtiends, by Dr. Christina Sabiov

4:45pm Facilitated Discussion - current status, critical questions remaining, where to go from here, with all speakers

5:15pm Adjourn

Course registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon beverages, color training binder, and advance online viewing of speaker presentations so you can arriver better-prepared. The Short Course is capped with limited seats. Mark on your calendar and regist early! Registration opens March 1. 2012 at The registration fee is listed below.

Early Whislter Center Company members by May 14 $200
Early IFT Member by May 14 $400
Early non-Member by May 14 $430
Whistler Center Company members after May 14 $230
IFT Member after May 14 $430
Non-Member after May 14 $470
IFT Student Member $130

Faculty bios are available at

Course Director: Dr. Amy Lin