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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.

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 Raquel Whitwell ( 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 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!