Dr. Nancy Ames
To examine the bioactive components in cereal grains (barley, oat, wheat, and others) and pulses, and their impact on human health; to determine the effect of processing on functionality and health benefits of grain and pulse based foods.
Current research and/or projects
Investigating the effect of pre-harvest glyphosate on quality of milling oats.
Evaluating the effect of processing methods, genotype and environment on the extractability of protein from oats and characterizing physiochemical and nutritional attributes of oat protein.
Investigating the effect of heat treatment on the storage stability, functional properties and sensory and microbial quality of food grade canaryseed groats and flours.
Determining levels of free asparagine (a precursor for acrylamide formation in baked foods) in Canadian Western Red Spring wheat varieties, and to identify effective mechanisms for its reduction.
Research and/or project statements
- goal is to work in conjunction with breeders, researchers and the agri-food industry to develop improved cultivars and food processing techniques that maximize the health properties and utilization potential of Canadian grains and pulses
- research experiments include:
- quantification and characterization of fibre, phenolics and other compounds
- pilot scale processing such as flaking, heat treatments and fractionation
- functional food formulation for quality assessment and design of clinical trial test foods
- development of in vitro methods for predicting and validating health outcomes.
- Dr. Ames’ research program provides an important link between consumer health interests, industry development of value-added agricultural products, and genetic resources for Canadian-grown grains and pulses (fork to farm).
Professional activities / interests
Definition of Whole Grains Committee - member
AAFC Women in Science - chair
Human Research Ethics Committee - chair
AAFC Ethics Committe - chair
Oat Quality Evaluation Team - member
Prairie Recommending Committee - member
Prairie Grain Development Committee - member
Healthy Grains Institute - scientific advisory board member
Quaker Oats Center of Excellence - scientific advisory board member
Verna J. Kirkness science education program - planning committee member
Education and awards
1989 Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Agriculture-Crop Science, University of Guelph, Supervised by Dr. Bert Christie. PhD thesis: “Variability among strains and field isolates of Rhizobium leguminosarum biovar trifolii as measured on red clover (Trifolium pratense L.)”.
1982 Master of Science, Department of Plant Science, University of Manitoba, supervised by Dr. Ken Clarke and Dr. Anna Storgaard
1980 Bachelor of Science, Department of Food Science, University of Manitoba
2018 Recipient of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Science
2016 Mentor of the year award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Sanofi-Aventis BioTalent Challenge.
2015 American Association of Cereal Chemists International Edith Christensen Award.
2012 Accuracy Award for Analysis of Dietary Fiber, for the most accurate and precise results in 2011 for insoluble, soluble, total dietary fiber and beta-glucan.
2012 Recognition of Analytical Performance in Analysis of Dietary Fiber, with an "Outstanding Accuracy and Precision" rating for 2011 for insoluble, soluble, total dietary fiber and beta-glucan.
2010 AAFC Instant Award for achieving the Guinness world record for the biggest bowl of oatmeal, and the success of the 2010 CIFST-AAFC Conference and AAFC Food Network Meeting.
2010 Guinness World Record for the biggest bowl of oatmeal.
2008 American Association of Cereal Chemists International Accuracy Award for Dietary Fiber Analysis.
2008 American Association of Cereal Chemists International Certificate of Proficiency for Dietary Fiber Analysis.
2007-2008 Biotech Challenge Mentor of the year-Distinction, Aventis Biotech Challenge CANADA
Malunga, L.N., Ames, N.P., Masatcioglu, M.T., Khorshidi, A.S., Thandapilly, S.J., Cuthbert, R.D., Sopiwnyk, E., Scanlon, M.G. (2019). Free asparagine concentrations in Canadian hard red spring wheat cultivars, 99(3), 338-347. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjps-2018-01342019 - View publication details
Malunga, L.N., Joseph Thandapilly, S., Ames, N. (2018). Cereal-derived phenolic acids and intestinal alpha glucosidase activity inhibition: Structural activity relationship, 42(6), http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jfbc.126352018 - View publication details
Salimi Khorshidi, A., Thandapilly, S.J., Ames, N. (2018). Application of low-intensity ultrasound as a rapid, cost-effective tool to wheat screening: A systematic frequency selection, 82 190-197. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2018.06.0112018 - View publication details
Thandapilly, S.J., Ndou, S.P., Wang, Y., Nyachoti, C.M., Ames, N.P. (2018). Barley β-glucan increases fecal bile acid excretion and short chain fatty acid levels in mildly hypercholesterolemic individuals, 9(6), 3092-3096. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c8fo00157j2018 - View publication details
Wang, Y., Harding, S.V., Thandapilly, S.J., Tosh, S.M., Jones, P.J.H., Ames, N.P. (2017). Barley β-glucan reduces blood cholesterol levels via interrupting bile acid metabolism, 118(10), 822-829. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S00071145170028352017 - View publication details
Boyd, L., Storsley, J., Ames, N. (2017). Effect of heat treatments on starch pasting, particle size, and color of whole-grain barley, 94(2), 325-332. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/CCHEM-04-16-0100-R2017 - View publication details
Gamel, T.H., Abdel-Aal, E.S.M., Ames, N.P., Henderson, K., Prothon, F., Kongraksawech, T., Tosh, S.M. (2015). AACCI approved methods technical committee report: A new AACCI approved method (32-24.01) for measuring viscosity of β-glucan in cereal products using the rapid visco analyzer, 60(6), 279-283. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/CFW-60-6-02792015 - View publication details
Ames, N., Blewett, H., Storsley, J., Thandapilly, S.J., Zahradka, P., Taylor, C. (2015). A double-blind randomised controlled trial testing the effect of a barley product containing varying amounts and types of fibre on the postprandial glucose response of healthy volunteers, 113(9), 1373-1383. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S00071145150003672015 - View publication details
Ames, N., Storsley, J., Tosh, S. (2015). Effects of processing on physicochemical properties and efficacy of β-glucan from oat and barley, 60(1), 4-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/CFW-60-1-00042015 - View publication details
May, W.E., Ames, N., Irvine, R.B., Kutcher, H.R., Lafond, G.P., Shirtliffe, S.J. (2014). Are fungicide applications to control crown rust of oat beneficial?, 94(5), 911-922. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS2013-3332014 - View publication details
Gamel, T.H., Abdel-Aal, E.S.M., Ames, N.P., Duss, R., Tosh, S.M. (2014). Enzymatic extraction of beta-glucan from oat bran cereals and oat crackers and optimization of viscosity measurement, 59(1), 33-40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcs.2013.10.0112014 - View publication details
Gamel, T.H., Abdel-Aal, E.S.M., Wood, P.J., Ames, N.P., Tosh, S.M. (2012). Application of the rapid Visco Analyzer (RVA) as an effective rheological tool for measurement of β-glucan viscosity, 89(1), 52-58. http://dx.doi.org/10.1094/CCHEM-07-11-00892012 - View publication details
Gliwa, J., Gunenc, A., Ames, N., Willmore, W.G., Hosseinian, F.S. (2011). Antioxidant activity of alkylresorcinols from rye bran and their protective effects on cell viability of PC-12 AC cells, 59(21), 11473-11482. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf20233532011 - View publication details
Yan, W., Fetch, J.M., Frégeau-Reid, J., Rossnagel, B., Ames, N. (2011). Genotype × location interaction patterns and testing strategies for oat in the Canadian prairies, 51(5), 1903-1914. http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2010.09.05482011 - View publication details
Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Brown, P.D., Ames, N., Chong, J., Fetch, J.G., Haber, S.M., Menzies, J.G., Tekauz, A., Townley-Smith, T.F., Stadnyk, K.D. (2011). Summit oat, 91(4), 787-791. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/cjps101582011 - View publication details
Mitchell Fetch, J.W., Brown, P.D., Ames, N., Chong, J., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S.M., Menzies, J.G., Tekauz, A., Townley-Smith, T.F., Stadnyk, K.D. (2011). Stainless oat, 91(2), 357-361. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS101592011 - View publication details
Abumweis, S.S., Jew, S., Ames, N.P. (2010). Β-glucan from barley and its lipid-lowering capacity: A meta-analysis of randomized, controlled trials, 64(12), 1472-1480. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ejcn.2010.1782010 - View publication details
Clarke, F.R., Clarke, J.M., Ames, N.A., Knox, R.E., Ross, R.J. (2010). Gluten index compared with SDS-sedimentation volume for early generation selection for gluten strength in durum wheat, 90(1), 1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS090352010 - View publication details
Fetch, J.W.M., Kibite, S., Clayton, G.W., Turkington, T.K., Chong, J., Fetch, T., Haber, S., Menzies, J., Ames, N. (2009). Lu oat, 89(4), 671-675. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS081932009 - View publication details
Fetch, J.W.M., Brown, P.D., Duguid, S.D., Ames, N., Chong, J., Fetch, T.G., Haber, S.M., Menzies, J.G., Stadnyk, K.D. (2009). Jordan oat, 89(1), 67-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.4141/CJPS080952009 - View publication details
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Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Adjunct Professor, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada