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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)

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)

Leg Blood Flow Study: This is a study evaluating men and women with or without type 2 diabetes during single leg calf exercise. We are evaluating the function of heart and blood vessels during exercise. Eligible participants are healthy men and women with type 2 diabetes (not using insulin) between the ages 30-70 years who are non-smokers and currently exercise no more than once per week. The study involves 8 study visits and two weeks of supervised exercise training. If interested, email or call Deirdre 720-848-6688 (PI: Regensteiner, COMIRB# 06-0062).

Do you like to EAT? (Expandability of Aging Adipose Tissue): The purpose of the EAT study is to research whether age affects how fat tissue responds to 1 week of overfeeding. We are looking for healthy men aged 25-40 yr or 55-75y who are overweight to mildly obese, sedentary to moderately active and who do not smoke. Monetary compensation will be provided. To learn more please contact Tracy Swibas at or 720.848.6418 (PI: Van Pelt, COMIRB# 14-2411)


The PCM Study is testing the accuracy of a new instrument that measures the amount of calories burned, based on heat produced by the body. We are seeking men & women between the ages of 18-99 years old, who are healthy, do not smoke, are able to exercise, and do not have an allergy to nickel. Females cannot be currently or recently pregnant or lactating. The study involves two parts: Day 1-2: reside on the CTRC in our metabolic room for ~ 48 hours and Day 3-10: 8 days of norman living conditions ewaring activity monitors. Ot learn more, please contact Tracy @ or call 720-848-6418. (PI: Melanson, COMIRB# 13-2944)

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 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)

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).