The third biennial Berry Health Benefits Symposium in Monterey, Calif., will feature speakers, national and international scientists, and other industry leaders discussing the health benefits of eating berries.

The symposium, sponsored by many major berry companies and organizations, will be held June 22-23 at Portola Plaza Hotel. It will showcase new research on berries and brain aging, heart disease, cancer, metabolism and other health topics, said Cat McKenzie, the conference administrator.

"We want people to take away the message that berries are good for you on so many levels that people should be eating them every day," McKenzie said.

More than half of the speakers scheduled to present during the conference are new to the conference, McKenzie said, including Xiao-Ming Yin from the University of Pittsburgh, who will be presenting research on blackberries and treating leukemia, and Gary Stoner from Ohio State University, who will discuss his findings on black raspberries and colon cancer.

McKenzie said the symposium will also feature for the first time a free public day during which anyone can attend one of five panels set for 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 22.

McKenzie said the public session will include a berry tasting, a cooking demonstration, and Janie Hibler with recipes and tips from her book, "The Berry Bible."

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