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Research Drives Our Engine of Wellness

As an academic-based organization, research plays a vital role in all of our programs, services and activities. We believe research dramatically improves the effectiveness of everything we do. Our ability to translate what we learn through research into innovative programs is what sets us apart.


Some Answers Only Come from Research

Do you have questions about how you can maintain good health and achieve wellness? Reliable answers to complex questions about diet, physical activity and health can only come from research.

The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center and the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center support over 100 scientists who answer these questions—questions about the basic biology of fat cells, the role of the brain in regulating body weight, the effects of a pregnant woman’s diet on child development and hormonal control of weight during menopause. Many people have opinions and questions. We provide the evidence-based answers.

Some Answers Only Come from Research

Be a Research Participant

Would you like to participate in one of our research studies? Take a look through our research topics to see what types of people we’re looking for and what’s involved in the study. When you find something that interests you, see if you qualify.
  • Weight Loss & Metabolism
  • Brain & Appetite
  • Nutrition & Metabolism
  • Nutrition, Obesity & Cancer
  • Physical Activity & Inactivity
  • Fetal Environment & Pediatrics
  • Menopause & Women’s Health

Helpful Resources

If you’re considering doing research on diet, physical activity and health, we provide a variety of consultations and assessments in our advanced facilities and labs.
  • Nutrition & Diet
  • Physical Activity & Fitness
  • Assessments & Tools
  • Molecular & Cellular Testing
  • Consultations & Other Services
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    Eye-Opening Study Results

    Gain valuable insights from our latest findings:

    • No Calorie Drink Study
    • Look AHEAD Diabetes Study
    • Skipping Breakfast Study
    See Results
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    Training Opportunities

    To learn more about post-doctoral training grants, contact:

    – Obesity and Cardiovascular T32: Ann Sauer

    – Endocrine T32: Dan Bessesen MD

    – Nutrition T32: James Hill, PhD and Robert Eckel, PhD

    Attend one or more of these insightful conferences:

    Endocrine grand rounds, endocrine research conference, pediatric nutrition conference

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    Our Research Team Is Second to None

    Meet our team of internationally renowned researchers who have made groundbreaking discoveries in weight loss, metabolism, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, nutrition obesity and cancer, the fetal environment and menopause.

    Meet the Team
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    Focused on the Community

    We believe that partnerships in both the public and private sectors are essential to developing, testing, building, implementing and providing successful solutions. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center has been a catalyst for collaboration and program development to serve identified community wellness needs.

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Dedicated to Fighting Obesity through Nutritional Research

The Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) is one of only 12 of its kind in the United States. Led by Dr. James Hill, the center has been funded continuously by the NIH for 20 years, with another five years recently awarded. The center provides support through a Molecular and Cellular Analysis Core, a Clinical Intervention and Translation Core and an Energy Balance Assessment Core. The Colorado NORC also pilots a junior investigators program with more than 100 participants, supporting enrichment activities, such as conferences and visiting lectureships at the University of Colorado, and performing studies on nutrition, physical activity and metabolic health.

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Fitness Center: 303-724-WELL (9355)

Wellness Clinic: 303-724-9030


12348 E Montview Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80045