Nine Years of You Asked For It.
David C. Nieman, Dr.P.H., FACSM, is a professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab 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 including unique plant molecules, such as quercetin, isoquercetin, epigallocatechin 3-gallate, alpha linolenic acid, and beta-glucan. Dr. Nieman has received $5.3 million in research grants, published more than 260 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books, and sits on nine journal editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Physiology and Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. He is the author of nine books on health, exercise science, and nutrition, including Exercise Testing and Prescription: A Health-Related Approach (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011, now in its seventh edition). Dr. Nieman 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.