At nearly 30 years old, the Department of Immunology is a relatively young academic unit, in particular when compared to other basic medical sciences departments within the University of Toronto, which was established in 1827. Nevertheless, within these first three decades our department and Immunology, as a research discipline, have experienced considerable changes. This first issue of IMMpress Magazine looks back at the history of the department and the field of Immunology, and provides us with a forward-thinking insightful retrospective analysis.
IMMpress Magazine is a graduate student-led initiative, and I am thankful to the editorial team, and very pleased with their vision and dedication. They have put together a wonderful first 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.
In terms of prospects for the future, you will be hearing more about my goals for our department, which will be highlighted in later issues, as we discuss the strategic planning exercise that the Department of Immunology will be conducting. This will provide us with an important tool as we plan ahead for the next 5 to 10 years, with a view that the next 30 years will be even better than our first thirty.
I hope you enjoy this issue, and the upcoming ones, and if 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