David Nieman


  • Pacific Union College, BS Physical Education, 1972
  • Loma Linda University, MPH, 1977
  • Loma Linda University, DrPH Public Health, 1984

Teaching Specialties

Health promotion, disease prevention, nutritional assessment, biostatistics, exercise physiology

Current Courses Being Taught

  • Biostatistics (PH 3330)
  • Chronic and Infectious Diseases (PH 2200)

Professional Affiliations / Organizations

  • American College of Sports Medicine 1983-
  • Fellow (FACSM)
  • International Society of Exercise and Immunology 1993-
  • American Physiological Society 1995-
  • American Society for Nutrition 2007-

Research Interests

David Nieman is a professor in the College of Health Sciences at Appalachian State University, and director of the Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, NC (www.ncresearchcampus.net). Dr. Nieman is a pioneer in the research area of exercise 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 immune dysfunction. 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 (www.ncrc.appstate.edu). Dr. Nieman has received $7.5 million in research grants and published more than 300 peer-reviewed publications in journals and books, and sits on 10 journal editorial boards including the Journal of Applied Physiology and Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Dr. Nieman's Google Scholar H index is 71, and his publications have been cited more than 16,000 times. 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 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 three 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 ultramarathons.

Selected Publications

Nieman DC, Shanely RA, Luo B, Meaney MP, Dew DA, Pappan KL. Metabolomics approach to assessing plasma 13- and 9-hydroxy-octadecadienoic acid responses to a 75-km cycling bout. Am J Physiol:Reg Integr Comp Physiol 307:R68-74, 2014.

Nieman DC, Luo B, Dreau D, Henson DA, Shanely RA, Dew D, Meaney MP. Immune and inflammation responses to a 3-day period of intensified running versus cycling. Brain Beh Immun 39:180-185, 2014.

Nieman DC, Gillitt ND, Shanely RA, Dew D, Meaney MP, Luo B. Vitamin D2 supplementation amplifies eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage in NASCAR pit crew athletes. Nutrients 6:63-75, 2013.

Nieman DC, Shanely RA, Gillitt ND, Pappan KL, Lila MA. Serum metabolic signatures induced by a 3-day intensified exercise period persist after 14 hours of recovery in runners. J Prot Res 12:4577-4584, 2013.

Nieman DC, Gillitt ND, Knab AM, Shanely RA, Pappan KL, Jin F, Lila MA. Influence of a polyphenol-enriched protein powder on exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress in athletes: a randomized trial using a metabolomics approach. PLoS ONE 8(8): e72215, 2013.

Nieman DC, Gillitt ND, Henson DA, Sha W, Shanely A, Knab AM, Cialdella-Kam L, Jin F. Bananas as an energy source during exercise: a metabolomics approach . PLoS One 7(5):e37479, 2012.

Nieman DC, Konrad M, Henson DA, Kennerly K, Shanely RA, Wallner-Liebmann SJ. Variance in the acute inflammatory response to prolonged cycling is linked to exercise intensity. J Interferon Cytokine Res 32:12-17, 2012.

Nieman DC, Henson DA, Austin MD, Sha W. Upper respiratory tract infection is reduced in physically fit and active adults. Br J Sports Med 45:987-992, 2011.

Nieman DC. Quercetin's bioactive effects in human athletes. Curr Topic Nutraceut Res 8:33-44, 2010.

Nieman DC, Henson DA, Maxwell K, Williams A, McAnulty SR, Jin F, Shanely A, Lines T. Influence of supplemental quercetin and epigallocatechin 3-gallate on exercise performance, mitochondrial biogenesis, immunity, inflammation, and oxidative stress. Med Sci Sports Exerc 41:1467-1475, 2009.

Nieman DC, Henson DA, McMahon M, Wrieden JL, Davis JM, Murphy EA, Gross SJ, McAnulty LS, Dumke CL. Effects of β-glucan on immune function and upper respiratory tract infections in endurance athletes. Med Sci Sports Exerc 40:1463-1471, 2008.

Nieman DC, Dumke CL, Henson DA, McAnulty SR, Gross SJ, Lind RH. Muscle damage is linked to cytokine changes following a 160-km race. Brain Behavior Immun 19:398-403, 2005.

Nieman DC, Davis JM, Henson DA, Gross SJ, Dumke CL, Utter AC, Vinci DM, Carson JA, Brown A, McAnulty SR, McAnulty LS, Triplett NT. Skeletal muscle cytokine mRNA and plasma cytokine changes after 2.5-h cycling: influence of carbohydrate. Med Sci Sports Exerc 37:1283-1290, 2005.

Nieman DC, Henson DA, Austin MD, Brown VA. The immune response to a 30-minute walk. Med Sci Sports Exerc 37:57-62, 2005.

Nieman DC, Henson DA, McAnulty SR, McAnulty LS, Morrow JD, Ahmed A, Heward CB. Vitamin E and immunity after the Kona Triathlon World Championship. Med Sci Sports Exerc 36:1328-1335, 2004.

Nieman DC, Davis JM, Henson DA, Walberg-Rankin J, Shute M, Dumke CL, Utter AC, Vinci DM, Carson J, Brown A, Lee WJ, McAnulty SR, McAnulty LS. Carbohydrate ingestion influences skeletal muscle cytokine mRNA and plasma cytokine levels after a 3-h run. J Appl Physiol 94:1917-1925, 2003.

Nieman DC, Dumke CL, Henson DA, McAnulty SR, McAnulty LS, Lind RH, Morrow JD. Immune and oxidative changes during and following the Western States Endurance Run. Int J Sports Med 24:541-547, 2003.

Title: Professor, DrPH, Public Health, Graduate Faculty

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 773-0056

Fax: (704) 250-5409

Office address
Human Performance Lab, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis