NIEHS - Impact of Geospatial Factors and Environmental Pollutants of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in the State of Michigan

Impact of Geospatial Factors and Environmental Pollutants of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in the State of Michigan

Dr. Stephen Goutman received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (K23ES027221) to investigate how environmental pollutants called persist organic pollutants (POPs), affect the severity of disease in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patients. The end goal of this project are to identify the location-based risk factors of ALS in Michigan. He will also determine if ALS clusters, i.e., an unusually high prevalence of ALS cases within a geographic area, correlate with the nearby presence of environmental toxins in the form of POPs.