Dr. Nancy Ames
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals
Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
University of Manitoba
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. Nancy Ames obtained her Ph.D. degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph, MSc in Plant Science and BSc in Food Science both from the University of Manitoba. Dr. Ames focuses her research program to integrate the needs of the various stakeholders along the agri-food value chain, providing an important link between consumer health interests, industry development of value-added agricultural products, and genetic resources for Canadian-grown grains (fork to farm). Her research work is primarily focused on nutrition and quality of oat, barley and wheat and the genetic, environmental and processing factors that affect overall value. Currently she is developing analytical and in vitro methods to predict nutritional quality characteristics of the raw and processed product. She collaborates closely with plant breeders, other AAFC and university researchers as well as a number of industry stakeholders. Dr. Ames 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. Dr. Ames is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences as well as the Department of Food Science at the University of Manitoba. She is also a scientific advisor to the Healthy Grains Institute and the Quaker Centre of Excellence.