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IMAGE Research Studies

Does the IMAGE Group have a Study for YOU?

The IMAGE Group and the Division of Geriatric Medicine are conducting the following research studies. For more information about the study and how to enroll, click on the study below.

The purprose of the MYTH study is to learn more about where the fat cells in your body come from. We are enrolling men and women who are 21-40 and 55-85 years old with a BMI of 22-35 kg/m2. Volunteers should be healthy, weight stable, non-active or moderately active, and not taking any hormonal therapy (e.g. testosterone, estrogen replacement, or hormonal contraceptives). If you meet these qualifications and are willing to undergo a fat biopsy, please contact Kathleen at 303-724-7472 or (PI: Gavin COMIRB# 15-1779)

The BMT/CML study is looking for people who have either had allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (at least 6 months ago) OR have chronic phase chronic myeloid leukemia to participate in a research study to understand if some fat cells may come from cells in the bone marrow. If you meet one of the two qualifications above, are between the ages of 18 and 75 and think you may be interested in participating, please contact Kathleen at 303-724-7472 or (PI: Gavin COMIRB# 13-0026)

The Rest-HF Study is seeking women and men, age 65 or older, with heart failure for a research study on Increasing Physical Activity in Heart Failure patients. We want to know how two different physical activity programs can help patients with heart failure to be more active. You will be asked to wear an activity monitor and keep record of any physical activity. You will meet with an exercise behavioral specialist to discuss physical activity recommendations and set goals at four separate visits over 12 weeks. For more info call Blythe Dollar at 720-848-7561 or email at

The BEST Study wants to know how two exercise programs that load the skeleton differently impact bone health. We are looking for healthy adult Veterans, aged 60-75 years, not currently participating in a regular exercise program. Compensation will be provided for your time. If interested, email Toby Wellington at or call 720-848-6376. (PI: Rebecca Boxer, MD, MS; VA PI: Robert Schwartz, MD COMIRB #15-1451)

The purpose of the BATE3 Study is to research how estrogen affects brown fat and resting metabolic rate. We are looking for healthy: pre-menopausal women (not pregnant or using contraceptives) OR post-menopausal women (no cycle within the last year). Monetary compensation will be provided. To learn more please contact Tracy Swibas at or 720.848.6418 (PI: Melanson, COMIRB# 16-1479)


GLYDE Study: The purpose of this study is to compare the effect of two different exercise programs on blood glucose levels. We are seeking men and women between the ages of 60-79 years old with elevated blood glucose levels but are otherwise healthy. The study involves tests of body composition, exercise capacity, metabolic rate, blood sugar, physical activity, sleep, and fatigue. If eligible you will complete these tests before and after 12 weeks of exercise training. Compensation is provided. If you are interested please contact Seth Creasy at or 720-848-6477. (PI: Creasy, COMIRB 16-2662)

CardioVolt: The purpose of this study is to investigate how the loss of testosterone effects the health of the heart and arteries in men. We are looking for men 18-40 years or 50-70 years old, in general good health. No history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Volunteers should not be currently taking testosterone replacement therapy or exercising vigorously more than 2 days per week. To learn more, please call Sue at 303-724-2253 or email: (PI Kerrie Moreau COMIRB # 15-1162)

The purpose of DAMES study is to learn more about how to improve bone health in postmenopausal women with low bone mass (osteopenia). We are looking for postmenopausal women who are 60 to 85 years old and do not exercise regularly If eligible, women will be randomized (by chance) to exercise in the IMAGE Research Lab 3 days a week for 36 weeks, or to not change their current exercise. All women in the study will take a study pill that is either DHEA (50 mg) or a placebo. If you are interested in DAMES, please contact Sean at 720-848-6476 or email (PI Kathy Jankowski, PhD. COMIRB protocol #16-2427).

Mixed Study: This is a study evaluating the effects of cardiovascular exercise on men and women with and without type 2 diabetes. We are evaluating the function of heart and blood vessels in response to exercise. Eligible participants must be Veterans, not using insulin, non-smokers, and be between the ages 30-55 years who currently exercise no more than once per week. The study involves 11 study visits and three months of supervised exercise training. If interested, email or call Deirdre at 720-848-6688 (PI: Regensteiner, COMIRB# 17-0356)