Biography Bente Kirkhus
Senior Research Scientist at Nofima since 2008. My main research interest is food and health with focus on fat and fat soluble compounds in edible oils, cereals, vegetables, meat and fish. My current research is focused on studying the digestion of foods and food emulsions, and how processing may increase bioaccessibility of nutrients. I am involved in studies on how food structure and food components influence fat digestion and how products can be designed to promote satiety. My current research also includes studies of lipid peroxidation during digestion, with special focus on the relationship between digestion of red meat and colon cancer. Master of Science (Physics) from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (1980), and Dr.Philos in cell biology and carcinogenesis from the University of Oslo (1996). Professional experience as Research Scientist at the Institute of Pathology, The National Hospital, Oslo (1980-1992), and Research Scientist and Research Manager in the Norwegian food company Mills DA (1993-2008).
Bente Kirkhus has 40 publications at Nofima:
1. April 2021 – 31. March 2024
For older adults, undernutrition can be a serious health problem. EAT4AGE will prevent undernutrition and avoid impaired muscle function by investigating how age-related changes, such as decline in digestive functions, oral processing, sensory perception, and appetite, can be overcome.
1. October 2020 – 30. September 2023
The project NORSKVegetar will work with key challenges to increase the production of Norwegian food products in the vegetarian segment, based on Norwegian plant-based raw materials.
1. April 2018 – 31. March 2022
Teaming up with key industry and market players, iNOBox main goal is to integrate in the Norwegian food industry more efficient, profitable and sustainable processing, securing the supply of safe, high-quality and nutritious foods.
1. January 2018 – 31. December 2021
The project investigates the association between consumption of processed meat (sausage) and colorectal cancer (CRC).