Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab Receives $1.2 Million Grant from Woodbolt International


Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: October 29, 2013

The Department of Health & Kinesiology at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce that the Exercise & Sport Nutrition Lab (ESNL) has received a multi-year funding grant from Woodbolt International to research and study formulations of current and new supplements for the marketplace.

Woodbolt International is an Aggie-owned and operated company located in Bryan, Texas. Among its brands, Woodbolt International is proud to list the Cellucor® line of sports nutrition supplements as its most successful. Cellucor® was recognized as the 2010 GNC Vendor of the year and is an emerging leader in the sport nutrition and performance enhancement supplement arena. Committed to quality, integrity and most of all safety, Woodbolt International has developed an elite line of dietary and nutritional supplement products, which emphasize health, fitness and innovation. Woodbolt International is focused on expanding their research and development efforts in pursuit of their vision to create the most remarkable sports nutrition brand in the world.

Doss Cunningham, CEO of Woodbolt International, contacted the ESNL to discuss establishing a multi-year research program to assess the efficacy and safety of current and future dietary supplements in the Cellucor® brand. Research during this partnership will also include scientific guidance to Woodbolt International and work on new supplement formulation and individual nutrients. The ESNL has a long history of research on nutritional strategies to optimize health and overall performance. The lab was founded in 1997 by Dr. Richard Kreider, head of the Department of Health & Kinesiology.

The funding, which lasts for three years ($400,000 per year), will provide support for staff to coordinate and supervise research projects and graduate assistants to collect and analyze data. Supplies for testing materials and compensation for clinical trials will also be provided as part of the agreement.  All proposals will be reviewed and approved by the University’s Internal Review Board (IRB) prior to initiation.

About Woodbolt International: Woodbolt International is a rapidly growing developer and marketer of innovative nutritional products. The company offers the world's leading sports nutrition, weight loss and general health and wellness supplements through its branded website, third party retailers and its network of international distributors. The company was founded in 2002 and has recently been consecutively named to the prestigious INC 500 | 5000 list in 2011-2012 as one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.cellucor.com/.

About the Department of Health & Kinesiology: As one of four departments in the College of Education & Human Development, HLKN is home to more than 2,950 undergraduate majors, 300 minors, 285 graduate students, 90 faculty members, 35 staff members and 85 graduate assistants. It ranks first at Texas A&M University in class count, student enrollment and department salaries per student. HLKN is also in the top 40 in one-year and five-year external funding at the university. The department is made up four divisions: Health Education, Kinesiology, Sport Management, and the Physical Education Activity Program. To learn more, visit http://hlknweb.tamu.edu.