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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.


Join Team FIRH in the Steeltown Stairclimb - November 9, 2019

Please see attached flyer regarding this year’s Step Up & Breathe Steeltown Stair Climb, taking place on Saturday, November 9th, 2019.

Please contact Victoria Reynolds (reynolds@mcmaster.ca) if you are interested in participating and we will put in a team. I believe it is around $40 a person to register for the event.

2019 Step Up and Breathe Steeltown Stair Climb


Canadian Biotech Company Teams Up with Hamilton Lung Researchers - Dr. Jay Hirota

Researchers at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health are collaborating with Aspect Biosystems, a Canadian biotech company that is pioneering 3D bioprinting of human tissues. Dr. Jeremy Hirota, Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology, is leading the collaboration through his Tissue Engineering for Advanced Medicine (TEAM) Lab located within the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Canadian Biotech Company Teams Up with Hamilton Lung Researchers


Canadian Thoracic Society Awards at the American Thoracic Society Conference

Our FIRH trainees have done us proud by their outstanding performance at the Canadian Thoracic Society competition at the American Thoracic Society annual meeting last week in Dallas, Texas. In the clinical research category, Sarah Svenningsen and Manali Mukherjee (Param Nair’s lab) won the first and second Freddy Hargreave prizes, respectively, for their top presentations. In the basic research category, Josh McGrath (Martin Stampfli lab) won the James Hogg prize for the top presentation. Firestone is proud to have the best of the Canadian trainees in our midst!


Firestone Institute Receives OLA Funding to Study the Effects of Cannabis Smoke on the Immune System - Dr. Jay Hirota

The Ontario (OLA) has announced a funding commitment of $50,000 to study the effects of combusted (smoked) cannabis on the immune system. The study is being led by Dr. Jay Hirota at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph's Heathcare Hamilton. Dr. Hirota is the Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Article - Firestone Institute Receives OLA Funding to Study the Effects of Cannabis Smoke on the Immune System