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2017 News

5th Frederick E Hargreave Lectureship - November 6, 2017

The 5th Hargreave Lectureship will be held on Monday, November 6th in the Miller Auditorium, 2nd Level of the Juravinski Innovation Tower at at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario. Reception will commence at 5 p.m. in the 2nd Level Lobby and the Lecture to commence at 5:30 p.m. Dr Brusselle is a professor of medicine at Ghent University in Belgium and head of the Laboratory for Translational Research of Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases.

5th Frederick E Hargreave Lectureship Announcement


Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Charity Basketball Game - August 29, 2017

On behalf of the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. (BICL), we would like to invite you to the first ever Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Charity Basketball Game, featuring NBA player and Mississauga native, Nik Stauskas. Several faculty members will be participating in this event.

Every year, an estimated 3,000 Canadians die from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) – a progressive lung disease that impacts an estimated 15,000 Canadians; there is no cure.

IPF Charity Basketball Game


Innovator 2017 - Summer Edition: Exploring How Antibiotics and Probiotics Affect Behaviour - Dr. Paul Forsythe

Drs. John Bienenstock and Paul Forsythe investigate the effects that gut bacteria have on the brain.

Exploring How Antibiotics and Probiotics Affect Behaviour


European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress 2017 - Dr. Manali Mukherjee

Dr. Manali Mukherjee, one of our post-doctoral fellows, won the best poster and abstract award in the session on Autoimmune Mechanisms at the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Congress which took place in Helsinki, Finland from June 17-21, 2017. Congratulations Dr. Mukherjee!


2017 Phyllis Gretzky Memorial Golf Classic in Support of Critical Lung Health Research

Dr.'s Nathan Hambly, Martin Kolb, Mark Inman, and Ciaran Scallan participated in the 2017 Phyllis Gretzky Memorial Golf Classic in support of critical lung health research, sponsored by The Lung Association.

2017 Phyllis Gretzky Memorial Golf Classic


Study Finds Delayed Food Introduction Increases Risk of Sensitization - Dr. Malcolm Sears

Delaying the introduction of potentially allergenic foods until after a baby's first year may increase the likelihood of a food allergy later on, according to new findings from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study.

The research, published in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, found that infants who avoided cow's milk products, egg and peanut during the first year of life were more likely to be sensitized to these foods at age one.

"Food sensitization early in life is associated with an increased risk of wheeze, asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis in later childhood," said Dr. Malcolm Sears, co-director of the CHILD Study and a professor of medicine at McMaster University.

Study Finds Delayed Food Introduction Increases Risk of Sensitization


New Drug Could Help People with Asthma Come Off Steroid Treatment - Dr. Parameswaran Nair

New research led by Dr. Parameswaran Nair has found a biologic that may reduce the need of steroid-based medications for patients with severe asthma - improving their quality of life.

Many patients who suffer from severe asthma take steroid-based medications – such as prednisone – to control their symptoms. But these types of medications carry with them a risk of long-term side effects, such as headaches, nausea, sleep problems and weight gain. This new trial found that giving patients with severe asthma a biologic called Benralizumab reduced their use of steroid-based medications by up to 75%.

New Medicine Shows Potential to Reduce Oral Steroid Use


2017 Frederick Hargreave Clinical Research Award - Sarah Svenningsen

Sarah Svenningsen was awarded the 2017 Frederick Hargreave Clinical Research Award for outstanding poster presentation at the Annual CTS Poster Competition at the ATS Conference in Washington, D.C. on May 20, 2017. Sarah has done us all proud by bringing home this award. This is a tremendous achievement. Congratulations Sarah!!!

2017 Frederick Hargreave Clinical Research Award - Sarah Svenningsen


Innovator 2017 - Spring Edition: Meet Dr. Jeremy Hirota

Meet Dr. Jeremy Hirota


Michael T. Newhouse Lecture - May 16, 2017

Please find attached the notice for the Michael T. Newhouse Lecture that is taking place on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 starting with breakfast at 8:30 a.m.

Michael T. Newhouse Lecture - May 16, 2017

Here is a summary of the event:

The Michael T. Newhouse Lecture
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Campbell Auditorium
2nd Level Juravinski Innovation Tower, St. Joseph's HealthCare

Breakfast: 8:30 am
2nd Level Lobby
Lecture: 9:30 am

“The T Lymphocyte and Airway Smooth Muscle Remodeling”

Guest Speaker: James Martin, MD, DSc.
Chair, Department of Medicine - McGill University, Harry Webster Thorp Professor and Chair, Associate Member, Department of Physiology - McGill University, Physician-in-Chief - McGill University Health Centre


2017 Around the Bay Road Race

Congratulations to Team Firestone who once again participated in the Around the Bay Race which took place on Sunday, March 26, 2017. All funds raised support the compassionate patient care and ground breaking research here at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Thank you to everyone who supported the Team!

2017 Around the Bay


2017 Paris to Ancaster Bike Race - Team Firestone

Please see the attached notice regarding the St. Joseph’s Hospital Department Spin Bike Challenge on Wednesday, April 26th 2017.

This event will help to raise funds for all departments participating in the Paris to Ancaster Bike Race on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. Each participating team will have 1-2 stationary bikes set up in the main lobby with a donation bucket in front of it from 12:00-1:00pm.

Stop by to support Team Firestone!

If you are interested in joining the team or making a donation please following the below link.

2017 Paris to Ancaster - Join the Team or Donate

2017 P2A Fundraiser


2017 Around the Bay Fundraising

On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, Team Firestone had a very successful day of fundraising for the 2017 Around the Bay Road Race. Numerous faculty, students, staff, and even patients participated by selling samosa’s and running/walking on a treadmill for 5 hours, totalling 54km and raising $2,486.00 to go towards respiratory research here at Firestone.

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Giants in Chest Medicine - Dr. Paul O'Bryne

Dr. Paul O'Bryne shares his personal & professional journey in this interview for Giants of Chest Medicine.

Giants in Chest Medicine


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

2016 News

2016 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine - Dr. Malcolm Sears

Congratulations to Dr. Malcolm Sears who was awarded the 2016 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine. This award was presented at the Leaders in Innovation Dinner in London, Ontario on November 10, 2016.

McMaster Daily News - Asthma Researcher Receives International Honour

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2016 Anne and Neil McArthur Research Award - Dr. Paul O'Byrne

2016 Anne and Neil McArthur Award - Dr. Paul O'ByrneCongratulations to Dr. Paul O’Byrne who was awarded the 2016 Anne and Neil McArthur Award at “Celebrate Research Day” which was held at St. Joseph’s Hospital on October 13, 2016.

At this event, Dr. O’Byrne talked about the influence of the mentors that helped inspire his extraordinary research career and the advances made in the treatment of allergic asthma which have been driven by his research over the past 30 years.

Reinventing Care through Research: Dr. Parameswaran Nair

Dr. Parameswaran Nair is a respirologist and respirology researcher at the Firestone Clinic at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. His research focuses on developing and applying non-invasive measurements of airway inflammation in the treatment of severe asthma and COPD.

Reinventing Care through Research: Dr. Parameswaran Nair (Video)


2016 Taylor Prize Recipients

The Robarts Research Institute is pleased to announce that Drs. Malcolm Sears and Stephen Holgate are co-recipients of this year’s prize. Robarts has been awarding the Taylor Prize to leading scientists since 1985 and recognizes the contributions of outstanding internationally recognized researchers. Congratulations!

2016 Taylor Prize Recipients


Dr. Parameswaran Nair - New Endowed Chair Honours the Late Professor Frederick Hargreave

Dr. Parameswaran Nair is the inaugural holder of an endowed research chair named for the mentor who brought him to Canada and McMaster.

Nair, a professor of medicine in respirology, has been appointed the first Frederick Hargreave Teva Innovation Chair in Airway Diseases, named for the late Professor Frederick (Freddy) Hargreave, who was a pioneer in asthma research and patient care.

The chair has been established through a $1 million gift by Teva, the largest manufacturer of generic drugs in the world, with additional funding from the Department of Medicine of McMaster’s Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine.

[Read more about the new endowed chair]


Meet our Firestone Miracle Worker - Dr. Gerard Cox

The St. Joe's Grateful Patient Program is a way our donors can say thanks for the excellent care they receive. Dr. Cox has been recognized 20 times and is deserving of the title "Mega Miracle Worker", a special honour reserved for those with 10 nominations or more. Congratulations!

Firestone Miracle Worker - Dr. Gerard Cox


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


4th Frederick E Hargreave Lectureship - November 28, 2016

The 4th Hargreave Lectureship will be held on Monday, November 28th in the Miller Auditorium, 2nd Level of the Juravinski Innovation Tower at at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Ontario. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Benjamin Raby who is a Pulmonary Geneticist and Physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

4th Frederick E Hargreave Lectureship Announcement


Aerosol School - October 5-7, 2016

2016 OINDP News features Aerosol School

2016 Aerosol School Brochure

To register, please click here: 2016 Aerosol School Registration Form


Freddy Hargreave Symposium - August 6, 2016

Attached is an invitation to the Freddy Hargreave Symposium on Airway Reactivity scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 6, 2016. If you plan on attending, please R.S.V.P. by June 30th.

Freddy Hargreave Symposium on Airway Reactivity


2016 Paris to Ancaster: A Ride for Research

2016 Ride for ResearchOn April 24, 2016, St. Joe's researcher Drs. Kjetil Ask, Mark Inman and Michelle Kho participated in the Paris to Ancaster: A Ride for Research. Great Job!

 

 

 

 


2016 American Thoracic Society International Conference, May 13-18, 2016 - San Francisco

Drs.Drs. Kolb, O’Byrne, Jones and Cox. Past and present Directors, Division of Respirology.

 

 

 

 

 

PosterZrinka DiVincenzo and Phil Kolb infront of his poster at the ATS Conference. The title of his poster was "How Basic Science Methodology Has Changed in the Context of the Bleomycin Model of Pulmonary Fibrosis. Am J Resp Crit Care Med 192; 2016. A4175".


Anatomy of a Biotech Deal Seminar - May 18, 2016

Please join us at the "Anatomy of a Biotech Deal" seminar on May 18, 2016 which is co-sponsored by Bloom Burton and McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO). The format will be a panel discussion and Q&A session with a venture backed biotech incubator and two faculty members who have made successful deals, one of whom is Dr. Mark Larché.

Details can be found in the attached poster.

Anatomy of a Biotech Deal Seminar - May 18, 2016


President's Award — Diane Lawson

President's Award - Diane Lawson - 1Diane Lawson has received the prestigious President’s Award for her outstanding service. She has made an outstanding contribution to the mission of the University by providing exceptional service to our staff, faculty and students.

More details of the award can be found at www.workingatmcmaster.ca/presidentsawards

2015-President's Award - Biography - Diane Lawson

Congratulations Diane on this very deserving award!

We are honored to have you as part of our team!Lawson


2016 Leadership Award for Health Research and Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Award — Dr. Parameswaran Nair

Dr. Param NairOn May 7, 2016, Dr. Parameswaran Nair was honoured with the 2016 Leadership Award for Health Research and Bastable-Potts Asthma Research Award. This award is to recognize an outstanding Canadian Clinician Scientist working in the area of asthma.

Congratulations to Dr. Nair on this outstanding achievement!

More details of the award can be found at http://www.fightingforbreath.ca/agenda/

Dr. Param Nair - Congratulations


2016 Around the Bay Road Race

2016 Around the Bay RaceCongratulations to Team Firestone who once again participated in the Around the Bay Race which took place on Sunday, April 3, 2016. All funds raised support the compassionate patient care and ground breaking research here at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. Thank you to everyone who supported the Team!

 


2016 Around the Bay Race

Date: April 3, 2016

You may be aware that Firestone will be entering teams in the Around the Bay Race on Sunday April 3, 2016.

Dr. Mark Inman and Pavithra Parthasarathy were interviewed by CHCH with regards to the race and how funds we raised are used for research, here is the link:

Helping them help you (CHCH)

If you are interested in joining us in the race, please register on line. This year our Team Captain is Victoria Reynolds (reynolds@mcmaster.ca), feel free to contact her if you need help with the registration process!

We hope you will consider joining our team but if you are not able, please donate, as every dollar counts!

Here is the link to support our team and information on joining team Firestone:

Support St. Joe's — 2016 Around the Bay Race

We hope to see you on Race Day!


Keith Morgan Award for Excellence — Dr. Joshua Wald

Joshua Wald

Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Wald who was awarded the Keith Morgan Award for Excellence at the OTS Better Breathing Conference. This award was in recognition of his award winning Resident Case Presentation entitled "Great Expectorations".


FIRH Grad Students Scholarships
From left:
Danya Thayaparan (Supervisor: Dr. Martin Stampfli)
Joshua McGrath (Supervisor: Dr. Martin Stampfli)
Karun Tandon (Supervisor: Dr. Kjetil Ask)
Chandak Upagupta (Supervisor: Dr. Martin Kolb
Pavithra Parthasarathy (Supervisor: Dr. Kjetil Ask)

FIRH Creates Student Scholarships from Around the Bay Road Race Funds

In last year’s Around the Bay Road Race, the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health has raised about $15,000. The donations have funded 5 scholarships which support salary and research costs for 5 new Graduate students. After reviewing the applications, a panel of Principal Investigators selected the five graduate students below to receive an award.

Each student will receive $3,000 towards a research project that each student is working on.

If Team Firestone raises $10,000 or more for the 2016 Around the Bay Road Race, the funds will be once again donated towards student scholarships. Visit the Firestone team page if you would like to pledge or join their team.

Firestone Featured in Globe and Mail Insert: Perspective Hamilton 2016

The Research Institute has provided us with this insert that was sent in the Globe and Mail entitled “Perspective Hamilton 2016”. On page 6 of the insert there is an article “Saving the Lives of Canadians One Breath at a Time” that discusses the research that is done in the Firestone. On page 22 of the insert there is an article, “Integrating Care around the whole Patient: Innovative Model that Leads the Province”, that discusses LDAP and ICC and features Dr. Shargall.

Perspective Hamilton 2016


2016 Around the Bay Race — Registration is Open

Date: April 3, 2016

The Around the Bay Race will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Last year our team surpassed our goal of $10,000 in pledges which resulted in our fundraising efforts to be given back to our department for research.

Should you wish to participate in either a 5km walk/run or 30km, registration is open however, we are in the process of setting up our team. More details will be sent out to those interested.

We are hoping to organize 3 or 4 relay teams (3 person relays at 10km per person):

  • Relay #1: Executives on the Run
  • Relay #2: Researchers on the Run
  • Relay #3: Trainees on the Run
  • Relay #4: Physcians on the Run

If you participated last year and would like to participate in a relay team again, please contact Victoria Reynolds (reynolds@mcmaster.ca) as soon as possible as spots are limited.

2015 News

Dr. Paul O’Byrne Appointed New Dean & Vice-President of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences

Following an international search, Dr. Paul O’Byrne has been selected as the next dean and vice-president of McMaster’s Faculty of Health Sciences.

Currently, Dr. Paul O’Byrne is the chair of McMaster’s Department of Medicine as well as the executive director of the Firestone Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The research that he conducts at St. Joe’s has transformed the lives of patients around the world that have been diagnosed with allergic asthma. His mentorship has inspired and guided the careers of many talented respiratory researchers that have conducted studies within our hospital, and who now practice respirology around the world.

"The Faculty of Health Sciences is unique in the world," said O'Byrne. "It is very successful, very collegial and extraordinarily collaborative in advancing science, patient care and education. I'm honoured to have the opportunity to ensure that success has every opportunity to continue. I couldn't dream of a better job."

While Dr. O’Byrne will assume his new role on July 1, 2016, he will also continue to lead the Firestone Clinic and engage in respiratory research at St. Joe’s.

We congratulate Dr. O’Byrne on his new appointment. We hope that his leadership in respiratory research continues to improve the treatments that we are able to provide to our patients, and serves as an inspiration to others that will follow in his footsteps.

Dr. Paul O'Byrne Appointed New Dean & Vice-President of McMaster's Faculty of Health Sciences

Dr. Paul O'Byrne - The Hamilton Spectator


2016 Research Institute Awards - Introduction and Information Session

The Research Institute Award Program invests in the future of research at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton by providing funding opportunities to conduct research within our hospital.

The funding offered not only helps established researchers to continue improving patients’ quality of life, but it also helps to kick-start the careers of budding researchers that continue to take up research positions within our hospital.

In collaboration with the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, we are offering a total of 9 awards and grants for this year’s competition.

Applicants will be able to compete for the following awards and grants:

  • 1 Teresa Cascioli Charitable Foundation Research Award in Women’s Health
  • 1 Constantine Douketis New Researcher Award
  • 1 St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation Research Collaboration Grant
  • 2 Studentship Awards
  • 1 Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award
  • 1 MD/PhD Student Award
  • 1 Research Staff Recognition Award

The 2016 Research Institute Award Program competition will officially launch on January 1st. Please check our Awards & Grants page for more information in January.

Research Award Program

Dr. Jack Gauldie (left) poses with Dr. Pierre-Simon Bellaye, recipient of the 2015 Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award.


2016 Around the Bay Race - April 3, 2016 - Registration is Open

The Around the Bay Race will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2016. Last year our team surpassed our goal of $10,000 in pledges which resulted in our fundraising efforts to be given back to our department for research.

Should you wish to participate in either a 5km walk/run or 30km, registration is open however, we are in the process of setting up our team. More details will be sent out to those interested.

We are hoping to organize 3 or 4 relay teams (3 person relays at 10km per person):

Relay #1-Executives on the Run

Relay #2-Researchers on the Run

Relay #3-Trainees on the Run

Relay #4-Physcians on the Run

We are inviting Janine Belzak from the SJHH Foundation to speak at our Christmas Rounds on Tuesday, December 15th and provide information about the race.

If you participated last year and would like to participate in a relay team again, please contact Victoria Reynolds (reynolds@mcmaster.ca) as soon as possible as spots are limited.


Award of Academic Excellence in the Clinical Research Associate Certificate Program - Ms. Afia Aziz-Ur-Rehman

Afia Aziz-Ur-Rehman has recently completed the Clinical Research Associate certificate program. The Clinical Research Associate (CRA) program, offered by McMaster University Continuing Education and affiliated with the Faculty of Health Sciences, is designed to develop the concepts, skills, strategies, attitudes and knowledge required to perform clinical trials.

Through her hard work she has also been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Award of Academic Excellence in the Clinical Research Associate certificate program having achieved the highest grade point average of her class.

This distinction recognizes her consistent and excellent academic performance during the program.

Congratulations Afia!


Call for Applications - Firestone Graduate Student Award

The FIRH is pleased to announce that we will be offering three graduate student awards.

Each of these awards will be in the amount of $5,000, which will be provided to the students supervisor to be used for salary support.

To be eligible for this award, the student must:

  • Have commenced their studies since January 2015
  • Be supervised by a faculty member within the FIRH

Applications must be made by email to inmanma@mcmaster.ca by November 25, 2015.

The application should include the attached form as well as a copy of the CIHR Common CV for the student.

2015-2016 FIRH Grad Student Award Application Form


Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation - 4th Annual Rob's Ride

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On October 23, 2015, Dr. Kjetil Ask (Faculty), Philipp Kolb (Clinical Research), James Murphy (Lab Research Assistant for Drs. Ask and Kolb), Pavitra Parthasarathy and Karun Tandon (Masters Students for Dr. Ask) participated in some indoor cycling action at the 4th Annual Rob's Ride for the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at the River Oaks Community Centre in Oakville, Ontario.   

Zrinka DiVincenzo, Raquel Whitwell and Victoria Reynolds lent a helping hand at the registration desk.

All money raised will go to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

Thank you to all those who participated and volunteered their time at this event!


Michael T. Newhouse Lecture - October 5, 2015

Please find attached the notice for the Michael T. Newhouse Lecture that is taking place on Monday, October 5th starting with a reception at 5:00pm.

Michael T. Newhouse Lecture - October 5 2015

Here is a summary of the event:

The Michael T. Newhouse Lecture
Monday, October 5, 2015
Campbell Auditorium
2nd Level Juravinski Innovation Tower, St. Joseph's HealthCare

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

“What is so precise about Precision Medicine?”

Guest Speaker: Gregory Downey, MD
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Medicine and Integrated Department of Immunology, University of Colorado Denver


Dr. O'Byrne - Elected a Fellow

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) works in partnership with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering to form the three Member Academies of the Council of Canadian Academies. The academy recognizes the full breadth of academic health science ranging from fundamental science to social science and population health. Fellows elected to the Academy will be well recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. They will have demonstrated leadership, creativity, distinctive competencies and a commitment to advance academic health science.

Such individuals are elected to the organization after a nominating and peer review procedure that seeks to recognize those who are marked by a record of substantial accomplishment. At the time of election, Fellows must be Canadian citizens or have been Canadian residents for the preceding three years. Election to Fellowship in the Academy is considered one of the highest honours for individuals in the Canadian health sciences community and carries with it a covenant to serve the Academy and the future well being of the health sciences irrespective of the Fellow’s specific discipline.

Fellows of the Academy are entitled to use the designation FCAHS (Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences) or MACSS (Membre de l’academie canadienne des sciences de la santé).

Dr. Paul O’Byrne has been elected a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Considered one of the highest honors for Canadians in the health sciences community, CAHS Fellows are recognized for their innovative leadership, research excellence and commitment to advancing academic health science.

Attached are the elected fellows for 2015.

2015-CAHS-Elected-Fellows


IPF Awareness Month: Representing the Patient Voice at Queen's Park - Dr. Martin Kolb

IPF Awareness Month - Dr. Martin Kolb - September

In commemoration of IPF Awareness Month, Dr. Martin Kolb (pictured above; centre) was invited by the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to speak on behalf of patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) at Queen’s Park.

The event was held to raise awareness of the disease among legislators and policy-makers – discussing the need for patients to have access to all available treatments. It is estimated that between 10,000-12,000 Canadians are diagnosed with IPF, and half of these patients will only live with the disease for an average of three to four years.

Dr. Kolb met with the Ontario Drug Plan's Executive Officer, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care representatives, MPPs and stakeholders and discussed the devastating effects of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

His recent research has discovered that two new drugs can slow down the progression of IPF – offering the hope of a longer life to those with the disease. One of these treatments has recently been approved by Health Canada and is currently undergoing evaluation for coverage by OHIP.


New Treatment Offers Hope for an Incurable Disease—- Dr. Martin Kolb

New drug slows lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis by 50 per cent. Attached is an article that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator on August 24, 2015.

New Treatment Offers Hope for an Incurable Disease - Hamilton Spectator Article


Aerosol School - October 7-9, 2015

2015 Aerosol School Brochure

To register, please click here: 2015 Aerosol School Registration Form


Hamilton Experts Help Chinese Doctors

Drs. O’Byrne, Kolb, Cox, McIvor and Wang participated in a Webex with Guangzhou Institute of Respiratory Disease (GIRD). This international academic exchange web event entitled “Top Experts Ward Rounds with Remote Consultation” aim was to share complex cases and improve the diagnosis and treatment in China. Drs. O’Byrne, Kolb, Cox and McIvor were invited to join in this international consultation meeting with Chinese colleagues to share their valuable experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with lung diseases.

The Webex was very successful. More than 9000 doctors from over 2000 hospitals along with 100 additional participants from AstraZeneca China participated through the internet in China.

Attached is a media release as well as an article that appeared in the Hamilton Spectator.


2nd Annual Firestone Respiratory Health Day: Management in Primary Care Practice — September 19, 2015

2nd Annual Firestone Respiratory Health Day Brochure

To register, please click here: Health Sciences Continuing Education Registration


2015 Respirology Publication - Dr. Nathan Hambly

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Hambly on his recent publication which was published in the Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

2015 Respirology Publication — Dr. Nathan Hambly


2015 Ann Woolcock Award — Dr. Jeremy Hirota

Congratulations to Dr. Jeremy Hirota who was awarded the 2015 Ann Woolcock Award at the American Thoracic Conference on May 18, 2015.

2015 Ann Woolcock Award — Dr. Jeremy Hirota


Awards and Honours

Distinguished University Professor

Five of McMaster’s most extraordinary faculty members have been given the University’s highest honour.

Dr. Paul O’Byrne has been named Distinguished University Professor.

The title, created in 1996, goes only to those who achieve the highest level of excellence in teaching, learning and research.

Those recognized with the honour are considered “complete scholars” and have demonstrated an outstanding and sustained research record, innovation in teaching and learning and a history of service that has had an impact on the community.

The Provost’s office received 26 nominations for the title in December 2014.

“These truly are ‘complete scholars,’” said Provost David Wilkinson. “They represent the best of McMaster in teaching, research and community engagement, and should be proud of their accomplishments. Congratulations to all five of our newest Distinguished University Professors.”

No more than two per cent of all full-time faculty can hold a Distinguished University Professorship.

SJHH Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award

SJHH Research Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award has been given to Dr. Pierre-Simon Bellaye (Supervised by Dr. Martin Kolb).


2015 Around the Bay Road Race

Firestone Executive, Clinicians, Researchers, trainees and admins participated on the run this year to raise funds for Research Projects to be carried out to promote lung health at the Firestone. Thank you to those who supported us. We had a successful fundraiser.

Firestone Around the Bay