David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM

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David Nieman

Professor of Health and Exercise Science, Principal Investigator, Department of Biology, Director of the Human Performance Laboratory

Appalachian State University/North Carolina Research Campus

David Nieman is a professor in the Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC. Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise and nutrition immunology, and helped establish that 1) regular moderate exercise lowers respiratory tract infection rates while improving immunosurveillance, 2) heavy exertion increases infection rates while causing transient changes in immune function, and 3) that carbohydrate and flavonoid ingestion by athletes attenuates exercise-induced inflammation. Dr. Niemans current work is centered on investigating unique nutritional products as countermeasures to exercise- and obesity-induced immune dysfunction, inflammation, illness, and oxidative stress using a multi-omics approach. Dr. Nieman has received more than $11 million in research grants and published more than 380 publications in journals and books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the sports nutrition sections of two journals (Nutrients and Frontiers in Nutrition), and sits on 10 journal editorial boards. Dr. Niemans Google Scholar h-index is 104, and has been cited more than 46,000 times. He is the author of nine books on health, exercise science, and nutrition, including Nutritional Assessment (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2019). Dr. Nieman served as vice-president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), president of SEACSM, and two terms as president of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology. Dr. Nieman received ACSMs Citation Award in 2013. He was an acrobatic gymnast and coach for 10 years, and has run 58 marathons (PR 2:37) and ultramarathons.


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