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Biography Simon Ballance

Simon Ballance is a scientist within the Food and Health research group. His undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, in Geography and Environmental Biochemistry respectively, are from the
University of Manchester, UK. Since moving to Norway in 2001 Simon has worked with carbohydrate polymers. His first position was as a Post-Doc at the Norwegian University of Science and
Technology (NTNU), Trondheim (2001-2007). He moved to Nofima AS in Novemeber 2007. Research Details Dietary Carbohydrates and human health The overall aim of my research is to study
the link between carbohydrate nutrition and human health. At present my research portfolio consists of (i) basic research on the mechanisms responsible for the positive health effects of barley, oat and yeast ß-glucans, (ii) dynamic in vitro modeling of cereal digestion and associated glycaemic response, and (iii) applied research in collaboration with industry to develop an industrial process
to remove glucose from fruit juice in order to make a new class of healthy functional foods. ß-glucans are, due to their simple structure, an ideal model to study the effects of dietary fiber on human health.
Although ß-glucans have already been shown to lower postprandial glucose and blood cholesterol there is still debate on whether they, or fragments of, are bioavailable. As part of the EU 7th
Framework programme (KBBE) “Dietary fibres supporting gut and immune function – from polysaccharide to health claim” we will develop new methods

Simon Ballance has 42 publications at Nofima:

Advanced structural characterisation of agar-based hydrogels: Rheological and small angle scattering studies

Martinez-Sanz, Marta; Ström, Anna; Lopez-Sanchez, Patricia; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Ballance, Simon; Zobel, Hanne; Sokolova, Anna; Gilbert, Elliot Paul; Lopez-Rubio, Amparo


Characterisation of the molecular properties of scleroglucan as an alternative rigid rod molecule to xanthan gum for oropharyngeal dysphagia

Li, Xinxin; Lu, YuDong; Adams, Gary G.; Zobel, Hanne; Ballance, Simon; Wolf, Bettina; Harding, Stephen Ernest


Glycemic response to low sugar apple juice treated with invertase, glucose oxidase and catalase

Laue, C.; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Papazova, E.; Soeth, E.; Pannenbeckers, A.; Schrezenmeir, J.


INFOGEST static in vitro simulation of gastrointestinal food digestion

Brodkorb, André; Egger, Lotti; Alminger, Marie; Alvito, Paula; Assunção, Ricardo; Ballance, Simon; Bohn, Torsten; Bourlieu-Lacanal, Claire; Boutrou, Rachel; Carrière, Frédéric; Clemente, Alfonso; Corredig, Milena; Dupont, Didier; Dufour, Claire; Edwards, Catharina; Golding, Matt; Karakaya, Sibel; Kirkhus, Bente; Le Feunteun, Steven; Lesmes, Uri; Macierzanka, Adam; Mackie, Alan R.; Martins, Carla; Marze, Sébastien; McClements, David Julian; Ménard, Olivia; Minekus, Mans; Portmann, Reto; Santos, Cláudia N.; Souchon, Isabelle; Singh, R. Paul; Vegarud, Gerd Elisabeth; Wickham, Martin S. J.; Weitschies, Werner; Recio, Isidra


Predicting mixed-meal measured glycaemic index in healthy subjects

Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Fosvold, Øivind Winther; Fernandez, Alda Sainz; Monro, John


Use of the Extended Fujita method for representing the molecular weight and molecular weight distributions of native and processed oat beta-glucans

Channel, Guy A.; Adams, Gary G.; Lu, YuDong; Gillis, Richard B.; Dinu, Vlad; Grundy, Myriam; Bajka, Balazs H.; Butterworth, Peter J.; Ellis, Peter R.; Mackie, Alan; Ballance, Simon; Harding, Stephen Ernest


Characterisation of insulin analogues therapeutically available to patients

Adams, Gary G.; Meal, Andrew; Morgan, Paul. S.; Alsahrani, Qushmua E.; Zobel, Hanne; Lithgo, Ryan; Kok, M. Samil; Besong, David T. M.; Jiwani, Shahwar I.; Ballance, Simon; Harding, Stephen E.; Chayen, Naomi; Gillis, Richard B.


Quantification of 1,3-B-D-glucan from yeast added as a functional ingredient to bread

Rieder, Anne; Ballance, Simon; Böcker, Ulrike; Knutsen, Svein Halvor


Sluttrapport for prosjekt: Økt konkurransekraft for norske poteter (2013-2017). Internt dokument til referansegruppa

Molteberg, Eldrid Lein; Johansen, Tor Jacob; Eikemo, Håvard; Afseth, Nils Kristian; Ballance, Simon


Impact of hydrothermal and mechanical processing on dissolution kinetics and rheology of oat β-glucan

Grundy, Myriam M.-L.; Quint, Janina; Rieder, Anne; Ballance, Simon; Dreiss, Cecile A.; Butterworth, Peter J.; Ellis, Peter R.


The impact of oat structure and β-glucan on in vitro lipid digestion

Grundy, Myriam; Quint, Janina; Rieder, Anne; Ballance, Simon; Dreiss, Cécile A.; Cross, Kathryn L.; Gray, Robert; Bajka , Balazs H.; Butterworth, Peter J.; Ellis, Peter R.; Wilde, Peter J.


Glyceamic and insulinaemic response to mashed potato alone, or with broccoli, broccoli fibre or cellulose in healthy adults

Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Fosvold, Øivind Winther; Wickham, Martin; Trenado, Carmen Diaz-Toledo; Monro, John


The harmonized INFOGEST in vitro digestion method: From knowledge to action

Egger, Lotti; Ménard, Olivia; Delgado-Andrade, Cristina; Alvito, Paula; Assuncao, Ricardo; Ballance, Simon; Barberá, Reyes; Brodkorb, Andre; Cattenoz, Thomas; Clemente, Alfonso; Comi, Irene; Dupont, Didier; Garcia-Llatas, Guadalupe; Lagarda, Maria Jesus; Le Feunteun, Steven; Duijghuijsen, Lonneke Janssen; Karakaya, Sibel; Lesmes, Uri; Mackie, Alan R.; Martins, Carla; Meynier, Anne; Miralles, Beatriz; Murray, Brent S.; Philanto, Anne; Picariello, Gianluca; Santos, Claudia N.; Simsek, Sebnem; Recio, Isidra; Rigby, Neil; Rioux, Laurie-Eve; Stoffers, Helena; Tavares, Ana; Tavares, Lucelia; Turgeon, Sylvie; Ulleberg, Ellen Kathrine; Vegarud, Gerd Elisabeth; Vergères, Guy; Portmann, Reto


Lipopolysaccharide quantification and alkali-based inactivation in polysaccharide preparations to enable in vitro immune modulatory studies

Govers, Coen; Tomassen, Monic M. M.; Rieder, Anne; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Mes, Jurriaan J.


Evaluation of Hand-Held Instruments for Representative Determination of Glucose in Potatoes

Helgerud, Trygve; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Afseth, Nils Kristian; Stene, Kim Frode; Rukke, Elling-Olav; Ballance, Simon


Structural characterization of a branched (1 → 6)-α-mannan and β-glucans isolated from the fruiting bodies of Cantharellus cibarius

Nyman, Anna Armika Tussilago; Aachmann, Finn Lillelund; Rise, Frode; Ballance, Simon; Samuelsen, Anne Berit C.


Mixing properties and rheological characteristics of dough used to make potato-cereal soft wraps

Helgerud, Trygve; Schüller, Reidar Barfod; Dessev, Tzvetelin; Rukke, Elling-Olav; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Afseth, Nils Kristian; Ballance, Simon


Minimizing molecular weight reduction of β-glucan during barley bread making

Rieder, Anne; Ballance, Simon; Løvaas, André; Knutsen, Svein Halvor


Particulate yeast β-glucan is internalized by RAW 264.7 macrophages and reduces the activity of the tumor-associated protease legumain

Berven, Lise; Skjeldal, Frode Miltzow; Prydz, Kristian; Zubaidi, Layla Mohammad Khader; Ballance, Simon; Johansen, Harald Thidemann; Samuelsen, Anne Berit C.


Towards on-line prediction of dry matter content in whole unpeeled potatoes using near-infrared spectroscopy

Helgerud, Trygve; Wold, Jens Petter; Pedersen, Morten Bøhler; Liland, Kristian Hovde; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Rukke, Elling-Olav; Afseth, Nils Kristian


Inter-laboratory evaluation of SEC-post-column calcofluor for determination of the weight-average molar mass of cereal β-glucan

Rieder, Anne; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Ulset, Ann-Sissel Teialeret; Christensen, Bjørn E.; Andersson, Roger; Mikkelson, Atte; Tuomainen, Päivi; Maina, Ndegwa; Ballance, Simon


Viscosity based quantification of endogenous β-glucanase activity in flour

Rieder, Anne; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor


A standardised static in vitro digestion method suitable for food-an international consensus

Minekus, Mans; Alminger, Marie; Alvito, Paula; Ballance, Simon; Bohn, T; Bourlieu, Claire; Carriere, F; Boutrou, Rachel; Corredig, M; Dupont, D; Dufour, Claire; Egger, L; Golding, M; Karakaya, Sibel; Kirkhus, Bente; le Feunteun, Steven; Lesmes, U; Macierzanka, Adam; Mackie, Alan; Marze, Sebastien; McClements, D. J.; Ménard, O.; Recio, I.; Santos, C. N.; Singh, R. P.; Vegarud, Gerd Elisabeth; Wickham, M. S. J.; Weitschies, Werner; Brodkorb, A.


Evaluation of gastric processing and duodenal digestion of starch in six cereal meals on the associated glycaemic response using an adult fasted dynamic gastric model

Ballance, Simon; Sahlstrøm, Stefan; Lea, Per; Nagy, Nina Elisabeth; Andersen, Petter V.; Dessev, Tzvetelin; Hull, Sarah; Vardakou, Maria; Faulks, Richard


Cereal beta-glucan quantification with calcofluor-application to cell culture supernatants

Rieder, Anne; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Ballance, Simon; Grimmer, Stine J Staavi; Airado-Rodriguez, Diego


Xylem defense wood of Norway spruce compromised by the pathogenic white-rot fungus Heterobasidion parviporum shows a prolonged period of selective decay

Nagy, Nina Elisabeth; Ballance, Simon; Kvaalen, Harald; Fossdal, Carl Gunnar; Solheim, Halvor; Hietala, Ari


Near-infrared Spectroscopy for Rapid Estimation of Dry Matter Content in Whole Unpeeled Potato Tubers

Helgerud, Trygve; Segtnan, Vegard; Wold, Jens petter; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Rukke, Elling-Olav; Afseth, Nils Kristian


The localisation of pectin in Sphagnum moss leaves and its role in preservation

Ballance, Simon; Kristiansen, Kåre Andre; Skogaker, Nan E Tostrup; Tvedt, Kåre E; Christensen, Bjørn Erik


Influence of graded levels of brewers dried grains on pellet quality and performance in broiler chickens

Denstadli, Vegard; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Westereng, Bjørge; Svihus, Birger


Effects of structure and xylanase treatment of brewers' spent grain on performance and nutrient availability in broiler chickens

Denstadli, Vegard; Westereng, Bjørge; Biniyam, H.G.; Ballance, Simon; Knutsen, Svein Halvor; Svihus, Birger


Survival potential of wild type cellulose deficient Salmonella from the feed industry

Vestby, Lene Karine; Møretrø, Trond; Ballance, Simon; Langsrud, Solveig; Nesse, Live Lingaas