Following the successful launch of IMMpress Magazine in late January, it was clear that a new tradition had been established in the Department of Immunology. The first issue of IMMpress looked back at the history of the Department and the field of Immunology, and provided us with a forward-thinking insightful retrospective analysis. This second issue focuses on current challenges in the field, and highlights some major recent successes achieved by members of the Department regarding the significant influence of the microbiome in immunity.
IMMpress Magazine is a graduate student-led initiative, and I am very thankful to the editorial team. I am extremely pleased with their continued vision and dedication. They have again put together a wonderful issue. This is one more example of how truly exceptional our graduate students are, and how fortunate we are as a department to have them with us. Needless to say, this gives me great hope for the future of our field.
The Department of Immunology continues to grow, not only as we welcome new faculty members who continue to dedicate themselves to the research and education missions of the Department, but this also gives us the opportunity to extend our training endeavours, as we work together to push the boundaries of discovery in immunology.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and the upcoming ones, and importantly whether you are an alumnus of the department, or a prospective student, I really look forward to hearing from you.
Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Immunology