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

Bales, C. W., E. O. Granville, S. B. Rose, S. L. Aktan, V. Arendt, A. Dathan, L. W. Piner, and W. E. Kraus. “A MULTI-COMPONENT WEIGHT LOSS INTERVENTION FOR MIDDLE-AGED AND OLDER ADULTS WITH PRE-DIABETES.” Gerontologist 51 (November 1, 2011): 475–475.

Scholars@Duke

Bateman, Lori A., Cris A. Slentz, Leslie H. Willis, A Tamlyn Shields, Lucy W. Piner, Connie W. Bales, Joseph A. Houmard, and William E. Kraus. “Comparison of aerobic versus resistance exercise training effects on metabolic syndrome (from the Studies of a Targeted Risk Reduction Intervention Through Defined Exercise - STRRIDE-AT/RT).” Am J Cardiol 108, no. 6 (September 15, 2011): 838–44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2011.04.037.

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21741606
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Rochon, James, Connie W. Bales, Eric Ravussin, Leanne M. Redman, John O. Holloszy, Susan B. Racette, Susan B. Roberts, et al. “Design and conduct of the CALERIE study: comprehensive assessment of the long-term effects of reducing intake of energy.” J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci 66, no. 1 (January 2011): 97–108. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glq168.

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20923909
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Locher, Julie L., Connie W. Bales, Amy C. Ellis, Jeannine C. Lawrence, Laura Newton, Christine S. Ritchie, David L. Roth, David L. Buys, and Kristin S. Vickers. “A theoretically based Behavioral Nutrition Intervention for Community Elders at high risk: the B-NICE randomized controlled clinical trial.” J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr 30, no. 4 (2011): 384–402. https://doi.org/10.1080/21551197.2011.623955.

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22098180
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Tumosa, Nina, J Thomas Fitzgerald, W Gibson Wood, Stephen Thielke, Kenneth Shay, Judith L. Howe, Ronni Chernoff, et al. “Education partnerships between GRECCs and other VA organizations, Non-VA governmental agencies, academic medical centers, and centers of excellence.” Gerontol Geriatr Educ 32, no. 1 (2011): 22–37. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2011.550212.

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21347929
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Locher, J. L., A. Ellis, J. Lawrence, L. Newton, C. Ritchie, K. S. Vickers, and C. W. Bales. “INITIAL FINDINGS FROM AN INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE NUTRITIONAL STATUS OF OLDER ADULTS RECEIVING HOME HEALTH SERVICES.” Gerontologist 50 (October 1, 2010): 297–297.

Scholars@Duke

Galanos, Anthony Nicholas, Emma C. Neff, and Roschelle A. Heuberger. “What is "optimal nourishment" for older adults at the end of life? A conversation. Interview by Connie W. Bales.” J Nutr Elder 29, no. 4 (October 2010): 386–92. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639366.2010.528330.

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21104510
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