Connie Watkins Bales, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
Campus mail 2508 Busse Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 660-7519
Email address bales001@mc.duke.edu

Research in our laboratory focuses on the role of nutrition (particularly vitamins and minerals) in the prevention and management of chronic diseases in older adults. Previous studies have concerned trace elements and cardiovascular disease, calcium and osteoporosis, and renal synthesis of vitamin D as it relates to bone health. Some of our newest work emphasizes the role of micronutrients as antioxidants and their interaction with the aging process. We are also working on various aspects of energy balance in older adults, ranging from failure to thrive in stroke patients with dysphagia to exercise and nutrition effects in overweight subjects who begin physical training. Thus we have a number of clinical and epidemiological projects on-going, many of which include a strong emphasis on nutrition assessment techniques in middle-aged and elderly subjects.

Education and Training

  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1981

Publications

AbouAssi, Hiba, Cris A. Slentz, Catherine R. Mikus, Charles J. Tanner, Lori A. Bateman, Leslie H. Willis, A Tamlyn Shields, et al. “The effects of aerobic, resistance, and combination training on insulin sensitivity and secretion in overweight adults from STRRIDE AT/RT: a randomized trial..” J Appl Physiol (1985) 118, no. 12 (June 15, 2015): 1474–82. https://doi.org/10.1152/japplphysiol.00509.2014.

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25882384
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Porter Starr, Kathryn N., Shelley R. McDonald, and Connie W. Bales. “Nutritional Vulnerability in Older Adults: A Continuum of Concerns..” Curr Nutr Rep 4, no. 2 (June 2015): 176–84. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13668-015-0118-6.

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26042189
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Batchelor-Aselage, M., E. J. Amella, S. B. Rose, and C. W. Bales. “Dementia-related mealtime difficulties: Assessment and management in the long-term care setting.” In Handbook of Clinical Nutrition and Aging, Third Edition, 287–301, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4939-1929-1_18.

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McDonald, Shelley R., Kathryn N. Porter Starr, Luisa Mauceri, Melissa Orenduff, Esther Granville, Christine Ocampo, Martha E. Payne, Carl F. Pieper, and Connie W. Bales. “Meal-based enhancement of protein quality and quantity during weight loss in obese older adults with mobility limitations: rationale and design for the MEASUR-UP trial..” Contemp Clin Trials 40 (January 2015): 112–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2014.11.010.

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25461495
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Kushner, Robert F., Linda Van Horn, Cheryl L. Rock, Marilyn S. Edwards, Connie W. Bales, Martin Kohlmeier, and Sharon R. Akabas. “Nutrition education in medical school: a time of opportunity..” Am J Clin Nutr 99, no. 5 Suppl (May 2014): 1167S-1173S. https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.113.073510.

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24646826
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Kris-Etherton, Penny M., Sharon R. Akabas, Connie W. Bales, Bruce Bistrian, Lynne Braun, Marilyn S. Edwards, Celia Laur, et al. “The need to advance nutrition education in the training of health care professionals and recommended research to evaluate implementation and effectiveness..” Am J Clin Nutr 99, no. 5 Suppl (May 2014): 1153S-1166S. https://doi.org/10.3945/ajcn.113.073502.

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24717343
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