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

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..” Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 29, no. 4 (October 2010): 386–92. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639366.2010.528330.

PMID
21104510
Full Text

Buhr, Gwendolen, and Connie W. Bales. “Nutritional supplements for older adults: review and recommendations--Part II..” Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly 29, no. 1 (January 2010): 42–71. https://doi.org/10.1080/01639360903586464.

PMID
20391042
Full Text

Locher, J. L., C. Ritchie, K. Vickers, and C. W. Bales. “USE OF AN ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE IN AN INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE NUTRITIONAL WELL-BEING OF OLDER ADULTS RECEIVING HOME HEALTH SERVICES.” In Gerontologist, 49:521–521. GERONTOLOGICAL SOC AMER, 2009.

Scholars@Duke

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