The Clinical Intervention and Translation (CIT) Core provides NORC members assistance with clinical research studies involving modification of body weight, diet, and exercise to evaluate the impact on a range of physiological and behavioral outcomes. The CIT Core takes advantage of experienced Registered Dietician (RD) and nutritionist expertise, Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) facilities for state-of-art lifestyle intervention, and the Colorado and Clinical Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Nutrition Core. All services are provided on a fee for service basis (please email email@example.com).
The CIT Core offers the following services to our research base:
Weight Loss and Weight Loss Maintenance Services:
- Planning, resources, staff, and facilities for weight loss and weight loss maintenance interventions, including comprehensive behavioral support programs delivered by trained interventionalists.
- Weight loss interventions can be delivered one-on-one or in group/cohort-based settings, with options for in person or virtual delivery.
- Behavioral weight loss programs can be customized in regard to use of calorie controlled diets and/or meal replacements to achieve weight loss targets of 5-15% over 8-26 weeks.
- Specialized weight loss curriculum can be developed by registered dietitians to meet study needs.
- Ongoing behavioral support for weight stability/weight loss maintenance can also be provided.
Metabolic Kitchen/Diet Services:
- Metabolic meal planning and design, individualized for participant energy needs, food preferences, and study macro- and/or micro-nutrient targets
- Metabolic meal preparation measurement, and dispensation.
- Ad libitum feeding
- Design of specialty foods for targeted dietary interventions
Measurement of Food Intake and Eating Behaviors:
- Dietary intake assessment – habitual and during protocol interventions
- Dietary intake can be assessed using traditional self-report tools, photographic food records, or novel passive capture devices
- Hunger and satiety assessment
- Assistance with measuring eating-related behaviors and appetite using validated tools and questionnaires
- Can provide statistical support for obesity, nutrition, and metabolism related studies, including power calculations for grant submission and data analysis.
- Can provide supervised aerobic or resistance training exercise interventions at the AHWC Fitness Center.
Application of NIH Accumulating Data to Optimally Predict Obesity Treatment (ADOPT) Core Measures:
- Assist with the implementation of ADOPT Core measures across 4 domains (Biologic, Behavioral, Psychosocial, and Environmental) within weight loss interventional trials.
Clinical/Translational Research Study Design Support:
- Can assist in the design of clinical studies in the area of obesity, nutrition, and metabolism