McMaster University

Firestone Institute for
Respiratory Health

Scope of Search

FIRH Research

Research Areas

Current Areas of Basic & Clinical Research at the FIRH:

  • Chris Allen, MD, MA, MB, BCh, MRCP (UK), FRCPC - Gastro-esophageal reflux and chronic cough
  • Kjetil Ask, PhD - Protein misfolding in chronic lung disease
  • Gerard Cox, MD, MB, FRCPCI, FRCPC - Bronchial thermoplasty, Pulmonary fibrosis, smooth muscle and neutrophil biology
  • Myrna Dolovich, PEng (Elec) - Aerosol physics, aerosol deposition in lung, lung imaging, ciliary motility
  • Paul Forsythe, PhD – Communication between immune and nervous systems and its influence on the development of inflammation and allergic disease
  • Mark Inman, MSc, PhD, MD - Animals models of allergic sensitization, mechanisms of airway hyperresponsiveness and airway remodelling
  • Luke Janssen, MSc, PhD - Airway smooth muscle biology, ionic regulation of airway hyperresponsiveness, isoprostane biology and vascular responsiveness
  • Neil Johnston, MSc - Epidemiology of exacerbations of asthma and COPD
  • Martin Kolb, MD, PhD - Molecular mechanisms of pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary hypertension, TGF-β  signalling, clinical trials in pulmonary fibrosis
  • Renée Labiris, MSc, PhD - Molecular imaging of the airways and lung parenchyma, evaluation of aerosols
  • Mark Larché, PhD - Peptide immunotherapy for allergic airway diseases, Treg biology in asthma, vaccine development
  • Andrew McIvor, MB, MSc, FRCP (Edin), FRCPC - Outcomes research in asthma and COPD, dissemination and implementation of guidelines
  • Parameswaran Nair, MD, PhD, FRCP, FRCPC - Non-invasive measurements of airway inflammation in clinical practice, mechanisms of specific types of bronchitis, targeted therapy of eosinophilic and neutrophilic bronchitis
  • Helen Neighbour, MB, PhD, MRCP (UK) - Assessment of upper airway inflammation, peptide vaccines for allergic rhinitis
  • Paul O’Byrne, MB, FRCPI, FRCPC, FRCPE, FRCP (Glasg) - Mechanisms of allergic asthma and hyper-responsiveness, clinical trials in asthma
  • Malcolm Sears, MB, ChB, FRACP, FRCPC, FAAAAI - Epidemiology of asthma, birth-cohort studies of allergy and asthma
  • Roma Sehmi, PhD - Hematopoietic progenitor biology in allergic airway diseases
  • Martin Stampfli, PhD - Effects of cigarette smoke on innate immunity and allergic responses, smoking models of emphysema