Research Focus

The Human Performance Laboratory is a national leader in the area of nutrition and exercise immunology. 

Research Facilities

Appalachian State University operates a Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) and Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, located in the NC State Building at NCRC.


The Human Performance Lab at the NC Research Campus, operated by Appalachian State University, currently has multiple human trials underway. Researchers are predominantly looking at how inflammation and oxidative stress affect the body. Recovery and fighting off soreness and sickness in athletes and keeping the general community healthy by fighting off sickness and disease are forefront in immuno-nutrition research.

Publications, 2018 - Present

1. Broman-Fulks J, Abraham C, Thomas K, Canu W, Nieman D. Anxiety sensitivity mediates the relationship between exercise frequency and anxiety and depression symptomology. Stress Health 2018;34:500-508.

2. Nieman DC, Goodman CL, Capps CR, Shue ZL, Arnot R. Influence of 2-weeks ingestion of high chlorogenic acid coffee on mood state, performance, and postexercise inflammation and oxidative stress: a randomized, placebo controlled trial. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2018;28:55-65.