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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Regional Respirology Clinical Rounds

Tuesdays 9:00 AM (ET)


Regional Respirology Research Rounds

Tuesdays 10:00 AM (ET)


MIRC Immunology Research Seminar

Wednesdays 9:00 AM (EDT)


Technological Advances in Research (TART) Seminars

Last Thursday of the Month 2:00 PM (ET)


Recent News

Dr Hana Serajeddini, a senior clinical fellow in Dr Nair’s laboratory, has received the Stuart J. Hirst Abstract Excellence Award for the top abstract relevant to airway biology and physiology presented to the Respiratory Structure and Function Assembly of the American Thoracic Society.

The late Dr Stuart Hirst, while working at King’s College London and Monash University Melbourne, had made phenomenal contributions to our understanding of airway smooth muscle biology in asthma. Hana, working under the supervision of Dr Sarah Svenningsen, identified characteristic patterns of ventilation heterogeneity visualized and quantified by hyperpolarized xenon MRI in patients with severe asthma, and related them to the cellular and inflammatory profiles in the airways.

She is funded by a Resident Research Career Development Award from Western University where she will be joining the faculty of the respiratory division next year. Dr Svenningsen’s Translational Pulmonary Imaging laboratory is funded by grants from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

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