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.

Upcoming Events

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FIRH Respirology Clinical Rounds

Tuesdays 9:00 AM (EDT)


FIRH Respirology Research Rounds

Tuesdays 10:00 AM (EDT)


MIRC Immunology Research Seminar

Wednesdays 9:00 AM (EDT)


Team Fibrosis Seminar

Last Thursday of the Month 3:00 PM (EDT)


Recent News

The Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health is pleased to announce that two new scientists, Sarah Svenningsen, PhD and Manali Mukherjee, PhD have joined our division as Assistant Professors. Both scientists did their post-doctoral fellowship in Dr Parameswaran Nair’s laboratory and their laboratories would be based at the Firestone Institute.

Dr Svenningsen, shown above-left, obtained her PhD from Western University in London, Ontario. A Charles Polanyi prize and Banting Fellowship awardee, her research focuses on developing and applying novel cross-sectional and magnetic resonance imaging technologies in lung diseases.

Dr Mukherjee, shown above-right, obtained her PhD from the University of Nottingham in the UK. She would lead a translational research program, funded by a CAAIF/CIHR/AllerGen/AZ award, to investigate autoimmune mechanisms in lung diseases and developing point-of-care biomarkers.

Both have been selected to receive CIHR awards among other prestigious awards, which you can read more about > here <

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