Researchers at RCFFN have a special interest in researching value-added functional foods and nutraceuticals that offer health promotion, performance enhancement, disease prevention and management. Their research concentrates largely on Western Canada's crops, fruit, vegetables and flora, putting money back into regional economies. Success stories include research focused on the health benefits of oat and barley beta-glucans on cholesterol levels, and the effects of canola and flax oil on cardiovascular health.
If you are developing a functional food or nutraceutical product or formulation, RCFFN has the expertise and equipment to ensure processes are fully scaleable and optimal for commercial activity. RCFFN possesses research expertise and equipment directed to:
Research and development capabilities are all encompassing and include fully equipped genomic, analytical and proteomic, cell and tissue culture, clinical research trial, formulation development, nutraceutical manufacturing and pilot plant bioprocessing units. The experience and credibility of scientists in tandem with a fully equipped facility make it possible to define the health claim for each functional food or nutraceutical developed through the Centre with an ‘enhanced function claim’ and/or a ‘disease reduction claim,’ which is critically important for the reputation of your company and ultimately consumer acceptance of your product.
A number of researchers oversee their research at RCFFN. For information pertaining to specific research projects, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students; please refer to researcher’s webpage.
|Peter Jones, Ph.D.||Lipid Metabolism|
|Trust Beta, Ph.D.||Cereal Grains & Antioxidants|
|Usha Thiyam-Holländer, Ph.D.||Minor Components of Edible Oil Processing|
|Harold Aukema, Ph.D.||Nutrition and the Kidney|
Grain Chemistry and Processing
|Rotimi Aluko, Ph.D.||Protein Chemistry|
|James D. House, Ph.D.||Human Nutrition|
|Nancy Ames, Ph.D.||Cereal Chemistry (Barley, Oats and Wheat)|
|Sijo Joseph (Thandapilly), Ph.D||Cereal Nutrition|
|Peter Eck, Ph.D.||Nutrigenomics|
|Semone Myrie, Ph.D.||
Nutrition & Inherited Metabolic Diseases
|Miyoung Suh, Ph.D.||Dietary Lipids on Cellular Metabolism and Function|