Connie W. Bales, PhD, RD, is a Professor of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine and a Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University Medical Center. She is also Associate Director for Education/Evaluation of the Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the Durham VA Medical Center. Dr. Bales is a well-recognized expert in the field of nutrition, chronic disease, function, and aging. Over the past two decades her laboratory at Duke has explored many different aspects of diet and activity as determinants of health during the latter half of the adult life course. Her current research focuses primarily on the impact of protein enhanced meals on muscle quality, function, and other health indicators during obesity reduction in older adults with functional limitations. Dr. Bales has edited three editions of the Handbook of Clinical Nutrition in Aging and is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics. She is also Deputy Editor of Current Developments in Nutrition and Series Co-Editor of the Nutrition and Health Book Series, for Humana/Springer Press.