ASU Lab in Kannapolis Recruiting Runners for Paid Study

The Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis is recruiting 18 to 55 year-old males and females for a running study to be conducted at the end of February.

The study will test the effectiveness of a 17-day course of the supplement Nutrasorb, a soy protein powder enriched with polyphenols, to counter inflammation, oxidative stress and negative immune changes caused by three days of running for two-and-a-half (2.5) hours per day in a laboratory setting. Nutrasorb was developed in part by Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute also on the NCRC.

Only 38 spots are available. Participants will be compensated $400.

Study Details
The first week of testing is February 27 through March 2. During this week, participants will be scheduled for a body composition assessment in a Bod Pod and a treadmill VO2 max test, which measures maximum oxygen uptake. The assessment will take up to an hour-and-a-half. Two weeks before the first day of running, blood will be drawn and participants will receive a supply of the Nutrasorb supplement.

The next three visits will be scheduled on consecutive days so that participants can complete a two-and-a-half (2.5) hour run each day.The first two hours and 15 minutes of the run will be at a constant 75 percent of VO2 max. The last 15-minutes of each run will be a time trial with controlled speed with the goal of cover as much distance as possible. On the three running days, participants will be in the lab by 2 pm and will be finished by 6 pm.

Blood will be drawn before running on the first day and on the third day. The morning after the final run, participants will need to come to the lab between 6:30 am and 8 am for a single blood draw, which will take no longer than 10 minutes.

For more information on the running study, e-mail

About the ASU Human Performance Lab
The ASU/NCRC Human Performance Laboratory investigates the influence of unique plant molecules (e.g, flavonoids such as quercetin, luteolin, and epigallocatechin 3-gallate or EGCG) on age-related loss of muscle mass (sarcopenia), muscle mitochondrial biogenesis and exercise-induced changes in immune function, oxidative stress and inflammation. Principal investigator David C. Neiman, DrPH, FACSM has received over $5 million in research grants and is a pioneer in the research of exercise immunology.

About the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis
The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis is a hub for research advancing human health, nutrition and agriculture with the goal of preventing, treating and curing disease. Campus partners include eight universities and corporate, government and non-profit partners. The North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute is researching fruits and vegetables to enhance the health-protective value of food crops and to increase the economic impact of North Carolina’s agricultural sector. For more information, visit