2017

Biography

Dr. Nancy Ames is a cereal Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada located at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  Dr. Ames received her BSc in Food Science and MSc in Plant Science from the University of Manitoba and her PhD in Crop Science from the University of Guelph. Her primary research focus is the study of genetic, environmental and processing factors that affect nutrition and quality of oat, barley, wheat and pulses.  She works in conjunction with breeders, other researchers and the grain industry to develop new cultivars with added value processing and improved end product quality and to develop analytical and in vitro methods to predict health benefits.

Dr. Ames has authored and co-authored over 72 peer-reviewed publications, numerous abstracts and several book chapters. She has contributed significantly in the area of food product development and holds two food product patents. Dr. Ames is an adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences and the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba.  She is active on several committees including the American Association of Cereal Chemists International Oat and Barley Technical Committee and the Prairie Grain Development Committees for Oat Quality and Wheat, Rye and Triticale Quality in Western Canada. She is also a scientific advisor to the Healthy Grains Institute and the Quaker Centre of Excellence.

Dr. Ames initiated efforts to substantiate and promote the health benefits of cereal grains. She acted as scientific lead in researching and preparing a petition for a therapeutic health claim: “barley beta-glucan soluble fibre and reduction of blood cholesterol, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease” which was approved by Health Canada in 2012. 

Nancy Ames

Nancy Ames is a cereal Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada located at the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her primary research focus is the study of genetic, environmental and processing factors that affect nutrition and quality of oat, barley, wheat and pulses.