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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.

Exercise for Healthy Aging (EHA): The goal of this study is to determine whether a high versus a moderate intensity of cardiovascular + strength training has a greater improvement on health and quality of life. We are looking for men between the ages of 50-65, who are not currently exercising, to workout in our supervised gym 3x/week for 6 months.  Participants receive: A heart stress test to make sure exercise is safe for you, two body composition scans, free supervised exercise sessions, and compensation for your time.  It is a great way to fulfill your exercise goals, build muscle mass, and have fun! Contact Kristine Erlandson, MD, at 303-724-4941 or (PI:Erlandson COMIRB# 14-2207)

SITA Study: Are you between the ages of 22 and 70 years old with type 2 diabetes who takes metformin only for your diabetes, you may qualify for this study. This research study will evaluate the effects of two FDA-approved diabetes medications on cardiovascular function during exercise. Qualified participants will receive study medication, as well as free lab screenings, physical exams and exercise testing. Financial compensation is provided. If interested, email or call Deirdre 720-848-6688 (PI: Regensteiner, COMIRB# 13-2015)

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)

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 FAME Study is examining how the loss of estrogen changes metabolism and risk of disease in women. Eligible participants are healthy women between the ages of 40 and 60 years who have regular menstrual cycles and are not currently using hormonal contraceptives. Monetary compensation will be provided for your time (up to $900). To learn more, please call 720-848-6399 or email: (COMIRB# 12-1157)


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)

Kidney Study: We are looking for healthy controls to compare blood vessel function to adults with kidney disease. We are looking for men and women 50-80 years of age. You must be a non-smoker, generally healthy, and free from hypertension. Participation involves a screening visit and if you qualify a second visit to measure blood vessel function. Compensation is provided and you will receive the screening information about your health. For more info or to see if you qualify, please contact Mikaela at or 303-724-7793. (PI: Nowak, COMIRB# 15-0869).

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)

PACE Senior: We are seeking physically active women and men for a research study. The purpose of the research we are conducting is to determine how vigorous exercise in different temperatures (warm vs. cool) affects the bone metabolism response. Qualified participants will receive lab screenings, physical exams, and exercise testing. Financial compensation is provided. If you are between the ages of 60 and 80 years old and often walk for exercise, you may qualify for this study. If interested, email Toby Wellington at or call 720-848-6376 (PI: Wherry, COMIRB# 15-0250).