With every new issue of IMMpress Magazine, the high level of design sophistication, the breadth and depth of the featured articles, the insightful editorials and perspectives are all striking. Since the start of this wonderful graduate student-led initiative, I am continuously thankful to the editorial team for their terrific efforts. I am extremely pleased with their sustained vision and dedication. They have again put together a wonderful issue, which examines the constant state of flux that is associated with doing cutting-edge immunological research.
In keeping with the theme of this issue of IMMpress, which is focused on transitions, it is worth noting that the Department of Immunology is also entering a transition period. As I briefly mentioned in the inaugural issue of IMMpress, the Department of Immunology is currently taking stock of itself as we develop an academic and research strategic plan. This is the first such strategic planning exercise taken by the Department of Immunology, and after being around for over 30 years, it is a good time to formally plan for the future.
The strategic planning process is afoot, and I have assembled a Strategic Plan Steering Committee, with membership from students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty from across the city, alumni and staff. A notice regarding our initial meeting and more about the process can be found on the department’s website (www.immunology.utoronto.ca/about/sp.htm). I am also looking forward to hearing from the broader community of immunologists, and if you have thoughts to share regarding the process or advice for the steering committee, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Immunology