Nancy Ames, Ph.D., is a cereal research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Her primary focus has been the study of oat, barley, and wheat and understanding the factors that affect nutritional value. Ames has contributed significantly in the area of food product development, holds several food product patents, has authored and coauthored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, and obtained a therapeutic health claim for barley and cholesterol lowering from Health Canada. Ames holds a B.Sc. degree in food science and an M.Sc. degree in plant science from the University of Manitoba and a Ph.D. degree in crop science from the University of Guelph.