Dr David Nieman

Dr David Nieman

David Nieman is a professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Labs at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC.

Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise immunology and helped establish that regular moderate exercise lowers upper respiratory tract infection rates while improving immunosurveillance, and that heavy exertion increases infection rates while causing immune dysfunction.

His current research is focused on nutritional countermeasures to exercise-induced immune dysfunction. Dr. Nieman has received $5.0 million in research grants and published more than 260 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books, and sits on nine journal editorial boards.

Dr. Nieman has served two terms as president of the International Society of Exercise and Immunology, and is currently Vice-President of the American College of Sports Medicine.

He has run 58 marathons and ultramarathons, and was an acrobatic gymnast and coach for 10 years. His marathon PR is 2:37, and he has run the Pikes Peak Marathon twice, with a 16th place finish.

(Reference: Appalachian State University website:


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