Dr. Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Chair, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto
Dr. Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, Chair, Department of Immunology, University of Toronto

It used to be that getting your experiments done, with most of the proper controls included, which you hoped would be eventually published, was what defined the essence of being a graduate student. Notwithstanding this timeless principle of graduate life, our current crop of students manages to do this and so much more. I am as ever extraordinarily captivated by the ability of our Immunology graduate students to put together a remarkable publication such as IMMpress Magazine. I am delighted to welcome Angela Zhou, as co-Chief Editor, who will work with Kieran Manion, who thankfully remains at the helm of this remarkable student-led venture.

In keeping with the topical themes that IMMpress typically tackles, the current issue deals with the global politics of science and health research, with a specific focus on recent controversies in the industrial sector, on the new Canadian government and the much derided CIHR reforms, and on how the interests of world powers shape research priorities, in particular regarding tropical diseases. There is also an uplifting article on how to position our own expectations about ourselves in a way that it will have a positive influence.

As usual, I feel that you are in for a treat, with the now expected high level of design sophistication, remarkable breadth and depth of the featured articles, and insightful editorials and perspectives. There is also an insightful alumni interview with Amanda Moore, which reflects upon the challenges and rewards faced by postdoctoral fellows venturing to do research in a different area of research.

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.

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