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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.


International Study Suggests Alternative Treatment for Mild Asthma - Dr. Paul O'Byrne

A large international study led by a McMaster researcher has found a patient-centric treatment that works for people with mild asthma.

People with mild asthma are often prescribed a daily treatment regimen, but up to 80 per cent do not follow the routine, using inhalers only when they have an asthma attack. Now the researchers have found an as-needed combined-drug inhaler is a viable treatment option.

Paul O'Byrne is the principal investigator on the study that suggests an inhaler with a combination of budesonide, a steroidthat controls inflammation, and formoterol,a beta2-agonist that helps to open airways and make breathing easier, may be an alternative to conventional treatment strategies.

Article - International Study Suggests Alternative Treatment for Mild Asthma


Michael T. Newhouse Lecture - June 25, 2018

Please find attached the notice for the Michael T. Newhouse Lecture that is taking place on Monday, June 25, 2018 starting with a Reception at 5:00 p.m.

Michael T. Newhouse Lecture - June 25, 2018

Here is a summary of the event:

The Michael T. Newhouse Lecture
Monday, June 25, 2018
Miller Amphitheatre
2nd Level Juravinski Innovation Tower, St. Joseph's HealthCare

Reception: 5:00 pm
2nd Level Lobby
Lecture: 5:30 pm

“Sarcoidosis: Diagnosis and Management”

Guest Speaker: Robert Baughman, Professor, Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Editor, Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Disease and Current Opinion of Pulmonary Disease


2018 FHS Research Plenary Postdoctoral Fellow Publication Award - Dr. Manali Mukherjee

2018 FHS Research Plenary Postdoctoral Fellow Publication Award - Dr. Manali Mukherjee

Dr. Manali Mukherjee, Post-Doctoral Fellow working alongside Dr. Param Nair, was selected to receive the 2018 FHS Research Plenary Postdoctoral Fellow Publication Award for publications such as:

Weight-adjusted Intravenous Reslizumab in Severe Asthma with Inadequate Response to Fixed-Dose Subcutaneous Mepolizumab.

Mukherjee M, Aleman Paramo F, Kjarsgaard M, Salter B, Nair G, LaVigne N, Radford K, Sehmi R, Nair P. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Jan 1;197(1):38-46. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201707-1323OC.

Sputum autoantibodies in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma.

Mukherjee M, Bulir DC, Radford K, Kjarsgaard M, Huang CM, Jacobsen EA, Ochkur SI, Catuneanu A, Lamothe-Kipnes H, Mahony J, Lee JJ, Lacy P, Nair P. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Apr;141(4):1269-1279. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.06.033. Epub 2017 Jul 24.

Dr. Mukherjee has also been awarded a 2 year CIHR Post-Doctoral Award. Congratulations on these much deserved achievements!


2018 FHS Research Plenary Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Excellence Award - Dr. Kiho Son

Dr. Kiho Son, Graduate Student working alongside Dr. Luke Janssen, was selected to receive the 2018 FHS Research Plenary Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Excellence Award for his work with the BioPharmacology 3B06 course. Kiho was nominated by the very students he helped teach. Dr. Son also has just been awarded an Ontario Graduate Fellowship. Congratulations on these these much deserved achievements!


Canada Foundation for Innovation Funding - Dr. Jay Hirota

One of three McMaster researchers that have been awarded infrastructure funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) to advance their work in materials processing, respiratory medicine, and mental health is one of our very own! Dr. Jeremy Hirota, Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology and assistant professor of medicine, was awarded $180,000 for his project: The Tissue Engineering for Advanced Medicine (TEAM) Lab: A Platform for Precision Prevention, Diagnosis, and Medicine. Congratulations!!!

Dr. Jay Hirota


FIRH-GIRH Student Research Exchange 2018

Four of FIRH’s very own graduate students have arrived in Guangzhou, China to begin their 4 week long student research exchange in association with the Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Health.

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Using Lung MRI to see source of Asthma - Dr. Param Nair

Researchers at McMaster and Western universities are developing an innovative lung imaging method that provides a unique window on asthma. The method is aimed at guiding and personalizing treatment for Canadians with severe, poorly controlled asthma.

Article - Using Lung MRI to see source of Asthma