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David Nieman is a professor in the Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, at
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
upper 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.
Nieman’s 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 peer-reviewed publications in journals
and books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the sports nutrition section of the journals Nutrients and
Frontiers in Nutrition, and sits on 10 journal editorial boards including Medicine and Science in
Sports and Exercise, and the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Dr. Nieman’s Google Scholar h-index is 103, and his publications have been cited more than
43,000 times ( He is the author of nine
books on health, exercise science, and nutrition, including Nutritional Assessment (New York:
McGraw-Hill, 2019, now in its 7th edition). 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 the
“100 Scholars Faculty Research Award” from ASU in 1997, the Montoye Scholar Award from
the Southeastern American College of Sports Medicine in 2006, the ASU College of Fine and
Applied Arts researcher of the year award in 2006, ACSM’s Citation Award in 2013, and
represented ASU four times as the Oliver Max Gardner nominee (ASU’s highest award). He was
an acrobatic gymnast and coach for 10 years, and has run 58 marathons (PR 2:37) and
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