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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.


Team FIRH in the Steeltown Stairclimb - February 3, 2018

On Saturday, February 3rd Team FIRH participated in the 3rd annual Step Up & Breathe Steeltown Stair Climb in association with the Ontario Lung Association.

Team FIRH Stair Climb


McMaster receives Health Research Funding - Drs. Jeremy Hirota and Dawn Bowdish

Congratulations to Drs. Jeremy Hirota and Dawn Bowdish who were awarded funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is one of the primary funders of health research in Canada.

McMaster Researchers Awarded Funding


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


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