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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.


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