The Science of Cocoa Flavanols: Bioavailability, Emerging Evidence and Proposed Mechanisms

Sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, Chocolate Council

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
3:00 PM–5:00 PM


Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, FASN, FACN, CNS, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Boston, MA


  • Evidence-based assessment of cocoa flavanol effects on cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors.  Eric Ding, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health  
  • Biosynthesis of flavanols within plants and bioavailability to humans.  Richard Dixon, PhD, University of North Texas
  • Role of cocoa flavanols on the depression-associated GATA-1 transcription factor in Alzheimer’s disease onset and progression.  Giulio Pasinetti, MD, PhD, The Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • Flavanol enhancement of mitochondria structure-function as a cardioprotective mechansim.  Francisco Villarreal, MD, PhD, UCSD School of Medicine