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

The future, as it is commonly said, belongs to those who can imagine it, and more to the point it belongs to those who can make it become a reality, here and now. This issue of IMMpress Magazine beautifully showcases innovations in regenerative medicine, with the recent creation of interspecific chimeras, new advances in cancer screening and cancer-fighting bacteria, and the use of nanotechnology in immune modulation or vaccine design. There is a terrific alumni interview and insightful articles on allergy treatments, diet and evolution, and new prosthetic developments. This is a forward-looking issue that also takes stock of the impact of Volume 4 of IMMpress.

Even as we look to the future, I reflect on the past achievements of Kieran Manion, IMMpress Magazine’s outgoing co-Editor in Chief, as the start of Volume 5 also represents her last issue at the editorial helm, along with Angela Zhou. Kieran’s dedication, journalistic flare and editorial acumen will be missed. I am pleased to welcome Sintia Xhiku, a past and current feature article contributor, who will be serving as co-Chief Editor with Angela, who thankfully remains as a guiding force of this extraordinary publication.

As IMMpress Magazine begins its 5th year, my time as chair of the Department of Immunology is nearing the end of its 5-year term. Along with this, the Department underwent a cyclical external review, and I am pleased to say that the reviews were very positive, as were the recommendations. Among the many things that were done in the past 5 years, very few provide me with as much pride and joy as IMMpress.

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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