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Firestone Institute for
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FIRH Hamilton

FIRH in the Media

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016

February 2018

April 2018

  • Dirty rubber ducks connected to superbugs. Two IIDR scientists, Dawn Bowdish (Pathology and Molecular Medicine) and Lori Burrows (Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences), were interviewed by CBC Radio Syndication about bath toys being filled with potentially harmful antibiotic resistant bacteria.

  • Seeing asthma. CTV News spoke to Parameswaren Nair (Medicine) about research using an MRI to get a picture about how much a patient with asthma’s lungs were or wer enot being used.

  • Unlocking the cause of rising allergies. Susan Waserman (Medicine) spoke to the National Post about why allergic reactions could be increasing.

  • Treating food allergies. Chatelaine magazine spoke to Susan Waserman (Medicine) about the latest developments in the fight against food allergies. There was pick up by and KISS FM radio stations.

May 2018

  • What is pollen? The ultimate springtime question answered. Susan Waserman (Medicine) spoke to Metro US about how allergies develop. She also spoke to The Weather Network about what to expect from allergies throughout the year and to CBC about a new food allergy guide that aims to save lives on campus.

  • Study reveals alternative treatment for mild asthma. The CBC, Hamilton Spectator and MedPageToday interviewed Paul O’Byrne (Medicine) about his research published in the NEJM that shows a combined-drug inhaler is a better choice than the rescue inhaler typically used by people with mild asthma.

  • The latest in allergy advice. Zoomer magazine interviewed Susan Wasserman (Medicine) about how the field is evolving in the treatment of allergies.

August 2018

  • Stocking EpiPens at restaurants may reduce fatal allergic reactions. Published research led by Susan Waserman (Medicine), which shows benefits of having restaurants stock epinephrine autoinjectors, was reported on by Reuters and in several media.

October 2018

  • Jeremy Hirota, Benicio Frey, Suzanne Archie, Michael Amlung, James MacKillop and Jason Busse – your questions answered CBC White Coat Black Art.

December 2018

  • Building up a tolerance to allergy. Susan Waserman (Medicine)spoke to Newstalk 770 and OMNI FM about a clinical trial of an oral immunotherapy regimen that aims to reduce kid’s sensitivity to peanut allergy.

  • Innovator 2018 - Autumn-Edition



January 2017

  • The Globe and Mail sought comment from Susan Waserman (Allergy and Immunology) about McDonalds Canada no longer being nut-free. She was also interview by CFRA radio.

April 2017

June 2017

  • Susan Waserman (Medicine) advised Best Health Magazine on what allergy medications are available over-the-counter and by prescription.
  • CBC News and CHML radio talked to Parameswaran Nair (Medicine) about his research on a new drug that could help people with asthma come off steroid treatment.
  • Several media outlets including The Daily Mail, The Mirror, India TV, Radio Canada International and The Spectator covered new research by Dr. Malcolm Sears (Medicine/CHILD study) that shows delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby's first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on.

August 2017

  • Global News spoke to Susan Waserman (Medicine) for a piece about summer colds that can sometimes be confused with summer allergies.

September 2017

  • Susan Waserman (Allergy and Immunology) spoke to The Weather Network about nasal steroid sprays and long acting, non-drowsy antihistamines that are allergy-fighting must haves.
  • Why aren't life-saving injectors everywhere in public? spoke to Susan Wasserman (Allergy and Immunology) about making Epipens available in public places.

October 2017

  • ELOMERCURIO Online (Chile) reported on earlier research by Malcolm Sears (Respirology) that showed nail-biting and thumb-sucking in childhood may have some benefit.

November 2017

  • Canadian Insider wrote about Sarah Svenningsen (Medicine) who was awarded a Polanyi Prize in Physiology/Medicine. Her research shows that the use of medical imaging and computer programs can dramatically improve asthma measurement and intervention, potentially leading to personalized treatments and better outcomes.

December 2017

  • Cystic Fibrosis News Today wrote about Jeremy Hirota’s (Medicine) New Investigator Research Grant to help create a precision medicine tool for patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).




December 2016

  • Knowridge Science Report wrote about a study by Malcolm Sears (Medicine) that found that Children who are thumb-suckers or nail-biters are less likely to develop allergic sensitivities.

August 2016

  • The London Free Press noted that Malcolm Sears (Respirology) will be receiving the J. Allyn Taylor International Prize from the Robarts Research Institute.

July 2016

May 2016

February 2016