The Department of Immunology will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2024, and for the last 10 years IMMpress Magazine has been an amazing publication from our creative and industrious graduate students, which has transformed how we inform and communicate with each other and our alumni. This issue explores “Manufacturing and Sustainability”, how the process of making products changed humanity, arguably for the better, but how it also continues to affect our lives and the environment.

The relentless IMMpress team has constructed an extraordinary issue, which delves into how things are made, how pollutants or waste can be removed, reduced, reused, and recycled. Additionally, the alumni interview with Dr. Evelyn Pau offers us a view to her work in investment banking, which not only fits well with the theme of this issue, but also highlights the incredible diversity in career tracks that our alumni pursue and excel in after completing their graduate studies at UofT Immunology.

I would like to applaud the outstanding IMMpress editorial and production team and contributors for providing us with the latest Benchmarking for the magazine, which makes it clear that it is having a tremendous impact in Canada and around the world.

Happy to say that we just completed our Department’s cyclical Self-Study, which will be part of the upcoming external review in March 2023. I look forward to the feedback as to how we have progressed over the last 5-years and what remains still to be achieved. I am extremely thankful to all that have contributed in putting together the Self-Study, which was a major undertaking that I will be pleased to share early in the new year.

We are also marking the upcoming retirement of Sherry Kuhn, our Department’s Business Officer, who for the last 22 years has been the backbone of UofT Immunology. Her love and dedication for the Department translated into her ability to have a tremendous impact and enduring legacy for our academic unit. We are ever so thankful and wish her the best in her future endeavors.

I know that we are all looking forward to the end of another pandemic year, with hopeful optimism for a healthier new year in 2023. I extend my best wishes to all for the new year, filled with scientific, educational, and personal achievements.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and importantly whether you are an alumnus of the department or a prospective student, I really look forward to hearing from you.

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