Doctoral Student Wes Kephart Wins Nutrition Abstract Award

June 26, 2015


Wes KephartWes Kephart (pictured with Dr. Anthony Almada from Vitargo Global Sciences, and working in the Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory), won the male 2015 International Society of Sports Nutrition National Conference Abstract Award sponsored by Vitargo. The award came with a $1,000 cash prize to help support his Ph.D stipend and ongoing research.

The project, from Dr. Mike Roberts’ Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory in the School of Kinesiology, was sponsored by MusclePharm and was titled “Ten weeks of branched chain amino acid (BCAA) supplementation improves select performance and immunological variables in trained cyclists.”

Kephart, colleagues from Auburn, and Dr. Jordan Moon (MusclePharm), determined that 10 weeks of chronic BCAA supplementation in well-trained cyclists enhanced cycling peak power variables and positively enhanced select immune markers.

Wes Kephart in LabThis is one of the first studies determining the effects of BCAA supplementation in endurance athletes and will be the first of several projects of its kind at Auburn University’s Molecular and Applied Sciences Laboratory.  Results from this study are soon to be published in the scientific journal Amino Acids which is one of the top sports nutrition journals in the field today.

Dr. Roberts had high praise for Kephart’s work in his laboratory, calling him an “outstanding student and researcher.”