Nutrition and Obesity Related Research Studies

The Colorado NORC supports numerous research studies on the CU campus and beyond. Interested in learning about or participating in a research study focused on nutrition or obesity at CU Anschutz? See the currently highlighted ongoing studies listed below.

Highlighted Studies

Effect of weight loss on intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT) signalingOngoing 

Volunteers are needed for a study that aims to learn more about how weight loss impacts signaling of intermuscular adipose tissue, also known as IMAT, in individuals with obesity. Following screening visits involving body composition measures, blood testing, strength testing, and a thigh muscle biopsy, participants will go through a 12-week dietary intervention for weight loss. After 12 weeks, this will be followed by the same testing and biopsies that were completed before the intervention. Financial compensation will be provided.

If you are interested in participating, please complete our prescreening form:

For more information, please contact our study team at or 303-724-0487.

Please help us learn more about autism spectrum disorders!Ongoing

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders are needed for a research study to learn more about how exercise and social gaming affect brain responses. Participants will complete MRI Scans, blood draws, tests of cognitive abilities, questionnaires about physical activity and emotions, and may be asked to participate in 10 weeks of exercise or social gaming.

Please contact our team for more information:

Phone: 303-724-2817   |   Email:

Physical Activity Research Study Ongoing Volunteers needed for physical activity research study. The purpose of this study is to determine more precise methods of classifying physical activity using activity monitors. Who can participate: 18-100 years old and in the Denver area. What do you have to do: Resting metabolic rate and body composition measurement, 12-hour stay in the metabolic room and wear physical activity monitors, Perform various low intensity activities. Monetary compensation provided.
If you are interested, contact Alyssa Olenick at 724-504-8403 or 
Neuronal and behavioral effects of an implicit priming approach to improve eating behaviors in obesity

Volunteers are needed for a study that aims to learn more about perceptions of food and food behaviors. Participants will complete an intervention involving viewing food or food images (once weekly for 12 weeks), 2 MRI scans (before and after the 12-week intervention), food, activity, and mood questionnaires, and assessments of body composition.

Please contact our team for more information:
Phone: 720-295-0656 


Sex-Based Differences in the Neuronal Mechanisms of Food Intake Behavior
Ongoing Volunteers are needed for a study that aims to learn more about how men and women differ in the way their brains respond to food and hunger. It also plans to learn more about how hormones and the menstrual cycle affect these responses. Participants will complete 2 to 4 MRI scans, food, attention and mood questionnaires, blood draws for measuring hormones, and will receive a free Fitbit.
If interested in participating, please click the link below to complete our screening questionnaire:
For more information, please contact Allison at

BfedBwell Cancer Survivorship Nutrition StudyOngoing

This study will test a new nutrition program for people with a history of cancer, called BfedBwell. We are also interested in how this program fits in with the existing BfitBwell clinical exercise oncology program. Participants will be asked to complete both of the 12-week BfedBwell and BfitBwell programs, which involve weekly activities including online group sessions, one-on-one virtual counseling with a registered dietitian, and in-person cooking demos and supervised exercise at the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. We will also ask participants to provide feedback on these programs through weekly surveys. We will hold in-person visits to measure changes in diet, physical activity, and health at the beginning, middle, and end of the study.

Please click here or contact us at 303-724-8489 or to complete our screener to see if you qualify or to learn more. 

SUNRISE Research Study at Children’s Hospital Colorado Ongoing The SUNRISE Research Study at Children’s Hospital Colorado is trying to learn more about sleep and insulin resistance in teenagers. Teens who are 14-19 years old, enrolled in high school, and get less than 7 hours of sleep on school nights may qualify. Participating teens receive a health and sleep assessment and up to $220 as compensation for their time.
You can learn more about the study on our website:

Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC)

CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

12348 East Montview Boulevard

Aurora, CO 80045

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