Over the past 10 years, IMMpress Magazine has delivered remarkable features, timely analysis of critical topics, stunning infographics, and insightful articles. The current issue continues this IMMpeccable track record. This issue of IMMpress is truly a powerful one, as it delves into the heart of cellular energy production, the mighty mitochondrion.

As this is my last Chair’s Letter, I want to underscore my profound thanks and admiration to the IMMpress editorial teams, past and current. They have brought vision and dedication, creating an outstanding publication, which provides us with an important venue with which to communicate and share ideas with our broader community. This is a great example of how truly exceptional UofT Immunology graduate students are, and how fortunate we are as an academic unit to have them with us. Their creativity reassures me that the future of our field will be a bright one.

In terms of prospects for the future, you will be hearing from Prof. Jen Gommerman in the upcoming issues, as she becomes our next Chair on October 1, 2023. I am sure that Jen will share her goals for the Department of Immunology and provide us with her vision as we look ahead to the next 5 to 10 years, with a view that what lies ahead will be even better than our first forty, since the establishment of the Department in 1984.

Serving as Chair of the Department of Immunology since 2012 has been a wonderful experience, and I am endlessly grateful to all that made that journey so rewarding and productive. For now, towel in hand, I leave you with the parting remarks from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Don’t panic… and… So long, and Thanks for all the fish!

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