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

If you'd like to get access to these events, please contact us!

FIRH Respirology Clinical Rounds

Tuesdays 9:00 AM (EDT)

Contact: bryczkav@mcmaster.ca

FIRH Respirology Research Rounds

Tuesdays 10:00 AM (EDT)

Contact: bryczkav@mcmaster.ca

MIRC Immunology Research Seminar

Wednesdays 9:00 AM (EDT)

Contact: hasenacf@mcmaster.ca

Team Fibrosis Seminar

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

Contact: naiels@mcmaster.ca


Recent News

Dr. Carmen Venegas Garrido is the recipient of the 2022 Frederick Hargreave Clinical Research Fellowship. She completed her training as an Internist and Respirologist at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, from where she graduated with honors in 2015. During her training, she participated as primary investigator and co-investigator in research projects on lung physiology and pulmonary infections and pursued an elective in Severe Asthma and Allergic Diseases at Hospital María Ferrer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Subsequently, she worked for 4 years as an Assistant Professor in the clinical educator stream in the Respiratory Medicine Department of the Pontifical Catholic University's Faculty of Medicine and was a full-time attending physician providing both in-patient and out-patient services. During this time, she developed her home institution's first Severe Asthma Program and led a multi-disciplinary group to treat patients with various airway diseases. Since 2019, she has been training in severe asthma and complex airway diseases in Professor Nair’s research program. As a Hargreave Fellow, Dr. Venegas Garrido will start a Masters in Medical Sciences at McMaster University, focusing on translational research in functional imaging in asthma. Her primary objective is to investigate the use of novel imaging techniques as potential biomarkers, and contribute to respiratory patients' care by providing a comprehensive understanding of pulmonary pathophysiology. This fellowship is funded by an unrestricted grant from GlaxoSmithKline Canada.




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