Recent Research Findings

We present our research at regional, national, and international scientific conferences. Below you will find links to work we have recently showcased. Please note, this research has not yet been peer reviewed.

Effect of Exercise Training Intensity on Glycemic Control in Older Adults with Prediabetes

The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of 12 weeks of moderate (60-65% HRmax) vs. high intensity (80-85% HRmax) exercise training on daily glycemic control in older adults with prediabetes. Regardless of exercise intensity, 12-weeks of aerobic training produced a high-degree of individual variability in free-living and laboratory based measures of glycemic control with prediabetes.

Presented as a poster at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting (ACSM; May 2019; Orlando, Florida)

Stepping Behavior Compensation after 12 Weeks of Exercise Training in de novo Parkinson’s Disease

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of different doses of endurance treadmill exercise training (moderate: 60-65% HRmax vs. high intensity: 80-85% HRmax) on non-exercise stepping behavior in patients with de novo PD. We found that 6-months of exercise training had no effect on total daily step counts in either the moderate or high intensity group

Presented as a poster at the International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM; June 2019; Maastricht, Netherlands)

Understanding the Variations in Long-Term Weight Loss Trajectories Using a Novel Data Driven Approach

The purpose of this study was to identify groups of individuals with unique patterns of weight loss during an 18-month BWLI using a novel, data-driven approach ( Latent Class Growth Mixture Models (GMM)). We also evaluated the extent to which baseline characteristics predicted patterns of weight loss. GMM can provide an unbiased approach to assess the impact of a variety of predictors for weight change trajectories in response to BWLIs.

Presented as a poster at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting (TOS; October 2019; Las Vegas, Nevada)

Brown adipose tissue metabolism in pre- and post-menopausal women

The purpose of this study to compare BAT metabolic activity under both thermoneutral and cold-stimulated conditions in pre- and post-menopausal women. We also aimed to determine if BAT activity is associated with endogenous sex steroid hormone levels. During cold exposure, changes in mean skin temperature and shivering responses were similar in pre- and post-menopausal women. Pre-menopausal women had a larger increase in CIT.

Presented as a poster at the Keystone Symposia on Bioenergentics and Metabolic Disease; February 2018; Silverthorne, Colorado)

The Effects of Exercise Timing on Weight Loss and Components of Energy Balance

Purpose of this study was to examin the effect of exercise timing on weight loss and components of energy balance in young adults with overweight and obesity who completed a 10-month aerobic exercise intervention. It appeared that that the timing of exercise may alter energy balance regulation, with Early-EX nonsignificantly increasing TDEE and reducing EI compared to Late-EX

Presented as a poster at the Colorado NORC Annual Retreat (October 2019; Aurora, Colorado)

Temporal Patterns of Physical Activity in Successful Weight Loss Maintainers

Purpose of this study was to investigate high levels of PA are accumulated across the day in weight loss and determine whether most of the activity is accumulated in the morning or evening. WLM have a different pattern of activity accumulation compared NC and OC. WLM are active earlier in the day and in the afternoon on weekdays. On Weekends, WLM are active earlier in the day and remain active more active all day

Presented as a poster at the Obesity Society Annual Meeting (TOS; November 2018; Nashville, Tennessee)