Addressing important issues in our field and in life sciences in general is what we look forward to in every issue of IMMpress Magazine, and the brilliant IMMpress team is at it again, engaging us with another stimulating and timely issue, which brings us a thoughtful set of feature articles on the topic of women’s health. Together with the usual high level of design sophistication, insightful editorials and perspectives, our Immunology graduate students continue to make IMMpress something to look forward to receiving. I am again very thankful to the editorial team for their terrific efforts.
As I have been updating you in previous issues of IMMpress, throughout last year the Department of Immunology underwent self-examination and consultation to develop a new academic and research strategic plan, which is now published and can be accessed at www.immunology.utoronto.ca/about/sp.htm. Many of you will be receiving hard copies along with this issue of IMMpress, so if you are reading this in print or online, I look forward to your thoughts on our plan and for the future of the Department of Immunology.
As we think about the future, it is also important to reflect upon our past achievements and contributions from members of our community. With this in mind, I am happy to announce that this year marks the Department of Immunology’s 30th Anniversary, and we will be celebrating this milestone at a homecoming event on November 14, 2014. Please mark your calendars, as I hope that many of you will be able to join us.
I hope you enjoy this issue of IMMpress Magazine, 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, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Immunology