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Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health

Welcome to the FIRH!

The Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH) is based out of St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and is affiliated with McMaster University. Clinical, research and educational activities are integrated and largely collaborative within the FIRH. The intent of this institute is to provide optimal patient care through clinical practice, translational research and the training of health care professionals.


In the Heart of Hamilton is a Researcher Saving Lives One Breath at a Time - Dr. Martin Kolb

International research by Dr. Martin Kolb, in partnership with McMaster University and the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, has helped to develop the world’s first treatments for the management of IPF, a fatal disease in which irreversible lung scarring makes it difficult for patients to breathe properly.

Starting in 2018, Dr. Kolb will be the first North American to serve as Editor-in-Chief of the European Respiratory Journal, where he will be responsible for shaping the future direction of the Journal, and highlights the esteem held by the international community for the level of research excellence seen at St Joseph’s.

A Researcher Saving Lives One Breath at a Time - Dr. Martin Kolb


Join Team FIRH in the Steeltown Stairclimb - February 3, 2018

On Saturday, February 3, 2018, Team FIRH will take part in climbing to the top of the Stelco Tower to help raise money for the Ontario Lung Association.

If you wish to join Team FIRH, please follow the below link and follow the registration cues as follows:

Steeltown Stairclimb - Registration

select “Register Now”

select “Join a Team” and search for Team FIRH

continue with your registration

It is only $38 to register, and looks like a ton of fun, so hope to see you all there!

Please contact Victoria Reynolds (reynolds@mcmaster.ca) if you have any questions or concerns.


Around the Bay Road Race 2018 - Join Team Firestone!

We are excited to announce that this will be Team FIRH’s 5th year participating in the Around the Bay race in support of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation!

The race takes place on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at the First Ontario Centre in Hamilton. Every year, thousands of people walk, run and raise funds to support St. Joe’s in this truly historic Hamilton event. The event offers several ways to participate – 5k run/walk, 30k and Relays – so there should be something for everyone!

As a team, if we once again raise more than $10,000 in pledges, the funds we raise will be directed to research scholarships for FIRH!

We invite you to join in the fun and participate in this great event. Please contact Victoria Reynolds (reynolds@mcmaster.ca) if you would like to participate.

5k run/walk – approx. $50 to register

30k run – approx. $100 to register

2 person relay (almost sold out) – approx. $270 – but is waived if your team raises $1,500 or more!

3 person relay – approx. $400 – but is waived if your team raises $2,000 or more!

*If you wish to participate in a relay team, please let Victoria know if you would like to organize your own runners or if you would like me to place you on a team.


New Tool for Cystic Fibrosis Patients - Dr. Jeremy Hirota

Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Hirota who has been awarded a New Investigator Research Grant sponsored by the SickKids Foundation and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. This grant is to help create a new precision medicine tool for cystic fibrosis patients.

New Investigator Research Grant - Dr. Jeremy Hirota


Polanyi Prize-winner setting her sights on targeted asthma treatment - Sarah Svenningsen

Congratulations to post-doctoral fellow Sarah Svenningsen who is one of this year's prestigious Polanyi Prize winners.

Polanyi Prize Winner - Sarah Svenningsen


Study finds asthma and food allergies predictable at age one - Dr. Malcolm Sears

Children at one year old who have eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) and are sensitized to an allergen are seven times more likely than other infants to develop asthma, and significantly more likely to have a food allergy by age three.

Article - Study finds asthma and food allergies predictable at age one


Ten McMaster researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs - Dr. Jeremy Hirota

Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Hirota who was awarded Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology. Five members of the Faculty of Health Sciences are among 10 McMaster researchers to be recognized as leaders in their fields. Altogether they have been awarded $8.6 million from the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program to further their work, improve Canada's international competitiveness, and train the next generation of leaders.

Ten McMaster Researchers Awarded Canada Research Chairs


Hargreave Research Fellowship: 2018 Application

A position is available for a one-year Fellowship named for Dr. Frederick (Freddy) Hargreave. The position will be based at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph’s Healthcare and affiliated with McMaster University and there is potential for renewal for a second year.

For complete details, please see the attached ad.  Letters of interest, accompanied by curriculum vitae, should be sent to Dr. Martin Kolb, Director, Division of Respirology Research Director, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health.  Application deadline is January 31, 2018.

2018 Hargreave Research Fellowship