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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.


Step Up and Breathe Stair Climb - November 10, 2018

Team FIRH participated in the 2018 OLA event Step Up and Breathe Stair Climb on Saturday, November 10th, 2018. FIRH faculty, students, and staff raised a total of $2,331 to go towards vital lung health research.

Step Up and Breathe Stair Climb


Innovation Showcase Researchers Spotlight: Dr. Jeremy Hirota

On November 7, 2018, The McMaster Industry Liaison Office hosted the university's ninth Innovation Showcase at McMaster Innovation Park.

The McMaster Innovation Showcase has raised awareness of McMaster’s role in helping local businesses and economies grow. The event included keynote speakers, panel discussions, open houses at entrepreneurship hubs and more. Dr. Jeremy Hirota was one of the researchers who was able to showcase his work at this year's event.

Innovation Showcase Researchers Spotlight


St. Joe's Researchers Set New Records

Dr. Martin Kolb’s latest publication is Firestone’s fifth paper to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine in recent months, a remarkable achievement.

New research from the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamiltonhas reported the results of a combined regimen of nintedanib plus sildenafil. While this combination was not more effective than nintedanib alone in improving symptoms, when used in the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), it showed remarkable effects on lung function.

International Study Led by St. Joe's Researcher Releases Findings on First Combination Therapy for IPF


Treating Mild Asthma with a Single Inhaler - Dr. Paul O'Byrne

Dr. Paul O'Byrne of the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joe's explains the significance of a new method for treating mild asthma, using a single inhaler approach. The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in May 2018.

Treating Mild Asthma with a Single Inhaler


St. Joe's Researcher Awarded $180,000 for Tissue Engineering Project - Dr. Jeremy Hirota

Dr. Jeremy (Jay) Hirota, Canada Research Chair in Respiratory Mucosal Immunology at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joe’s, is one of three researchers to receive an infrastructure grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Article - Innovator 2018 - Spring Edition - St. Joe's Researcher Awarded $180,000 for Tissue Engineering Project


Breakthrough Treatment Pathways for Severe Asthma Reduce Corticosteroid Dependence - Dr. Param Nair

Researchers from the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, together with colleagues at other partnering institutions, have developed a new method to treat severe asthma.

Article - Innovator 2018 - Spring Edition - Breakthrough Treatment Pathways for Sever Asthma Reduce Corticosteroid Dependence


40 Years of Healthcare Innovation - A Message from Dr. Martin Kolb

Dr. Kolb reflects on 40 years of healthcare innovation from the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at St. Joe's.

Dr. Martin Kolb

Article - Innovator 2018 - Spring-Edition - A Message from Dr. Markin Kolb