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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.


Dr. Malcolm Sears, Dunedin Study featured in documentary series

AllerGen Research Leader Dr. Malcolm Sears is featured in a 2016 documentary series chronicling the lives of 1,037 people born in Dunedin, New Zealand during 1972-73. Episode 4: Dirt is Good, Dirt Poor is Bad features interviews with Dr. Sears and reveals how excessive cleanliness affects asthma and allergies, how poverty gets under the skin to cause lifelong damage, the physical effects of social isolation, and how mental illness and Alzheimer's can be predicted by looking at the back of an eye. Please find below the link to the episode. Congratulations Dr. Sears!

Dunedin Study featured in Documentary Series - Dr. Malcolm Sears


2017 Around the Bay Race - March 26, 2017

Around the Bay

We are excited to announce that Firestone will once again be participating in the Around the Bay Race which takes place on Sunday, March 26th, 2017. All funds raised support the compassionate patient care and ground breaking research here at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. If we reach our fundraising goal of $10,000, then these funds will be directed back to Firestone Research. Will you help us?

We hope you can support us! Please find the link below to our team page. You may donate to the team as a whole or donate on behalf of someone who is running. Please feel free to share this with your friends and family.

Let’s make a difference in both the Firestone and St. Joes!

Support St. Joe's - 2017 Around the Bay Race

Team Firestone so far consists of 7 relay teams, 10 5k walkers/runners, and 4 people brave enough to run the 30k. If you are interested in joining the Firestone Team please email Victoria Reynolds at Reynolds@mcmaster.ca and she will let you know how you can register for our team!

We hope to see you on Race Day!


Hargreave Research Fellowship: 2017 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 April 30, 2017.

2017 Hargreave Research Fellowship