The AIM Study: Airflow Improvements during Meal-prep

We are currently recruiting participants for our study in Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland, CA!

We will be doing research on cooking and air pollution in homes of kids. We are looking for children age 6-12 who live in Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerito, Albany, Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland, CA, and whose homes have gas stoves. If you participate we would come to your home to measure pollution levels, ask you about your child's health, and have your child do breathing tests. If the cooking fan in your kitchen doesn’t work well enough we would also replace it for you for free!  Since this is just a research study, it may or may not be of direct benefit to your child’s health.

The study involves 3 visits to your home, air pollution measurements for 3 weeks, surveys and breathing tests. No medications or blood draws will be administered. Compensation available.

Please note that participation in this research project will require that you be screened for COVID-19 exposure and/or symptoms upon arrival for your research appointment. If deemed ineligible to participate in the study, no compensation is available for your time or effort in coming to said appointment.

If you live in Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, or Oakland, CA, your child is 6-12, you have a gas stove, and would like more information about participating, contact: 510-621-3250 or

Study at a Glance:

  • Study Objectives: Measure indoor air pollution in relation to gas stove use, and evaluate the impacts of cooking ventilation on air pollution levels and respiratory symptoms. 
  • Geographic Area: Participant's homes in Richmond, San Pablo, El Cerrito, Albany, Alameda, Berkeley, and Oakland, CA
  • Participants: 60 households with children ages 6-12
  • Study Tools: Indoor air quality monitors, stove ventilation flow monitor, cooking temperature monitor, spirometry, exhaled nitric oxide, and questionnaires.
  • Partners: Contra Costa Health Services, and local youth research assistants 
  • Principal Investigators: Dr. John Balmes
  • Collaborators: Dr. Stephanie Holm, Dr. Brett Singer, Mr. James Nolan, Dr. Kim Harley, Dr. Mi-Suk Kang-Dufour
  • Funder: National Institutes of Health
  • Contact: Dr. Stephanie Holm-