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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.

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.

FIRH Grad Students Scholarships

From left-to-right:

Danya Thayaparan, Supervisor Dr. Martin Stampfli
Joshua McGrath, Supervisor Dr. Martin Stampfli
Karun Tandon, Supervisor Dr. Kjetil Ask
Chandak Upagupta, SupervisorDr. Martin Kolb
Pavithra Parthasarathy, Supervisor Dr. Kjetil Ask

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

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 Insitute 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 ( as soon as possible as spots are limited.