Jill Goslinga, MD

2024 Clinical Research Training Scholarship in ALS


Title/Institution: Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of California, San Francisco

Project Title: “A Retrospective Cohort Study To Understand the Impact of Air Quality on Patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (AIRPALS)”

Project Summary: Research on the connection between air pollution and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is limited, but suggests that there is a potential link. Studies indicate that long-term exposure to pollutants like PM2.5 and NO2 may increase ALS risk, while short-term exposure can lead to hospitalizations. Disadvantaged communities often face higher pollution levels, exacerbating health disparities. 

Dr. Goslinga’s study aims to understand how pollution affects ALS progression. High-risk communities could better utilize tools like air filtration devices to reduce these risks. Understanding the impact of pollution impact on ALS progression is vital for people with ALS, doctors, and policymakers.