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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.


Firestone researcher heads to China to develop intervention and disease management strategies in year-long COPD study

Dr. Martin Stampfli, a researcher at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health (FIRH) at St. Joe’s and Professor of Medicine at McMaster University, has recently begun a year-long research leave in Guangzhou, China.

Firestone researcher heads to China to develop intervention and disease management strategies in year


2018 Banting Postdoctoral Fellow - Sarah Svenningsen

Congratulations to Sarah Svenningsen who received a two year CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. Only 70 fellowships are awarded nationally and internationally each year. Sarah is a Postdoctoral Fellow who has been working under the supervision of Dr. Param Nair since 2016. Sarah received this fellowship award for her work in using pulmonary MRI to improve asthma patient outcomes, work that also won her a Polanyi Prize in 2017. Sarah’s approach – which uses an inhaled gas, tracked by an MRI machine as it moves throughout the lungs – would allow doctors to target treatment to only those airways that are diseased, greatly reducing the number of treatments needed, costs and patient burden.

Faculty Scoops a Banting and Six Vanier Awards


Recognizing Four Papers that Represent Four Breakthroughs in Asthma Research

St. Joe's congratulates our Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health on a remarkable achievement: 4 research papers just published in the . This research will transform how we treat mild and severe asthma. Learn more: |

Recognizing Four Papers