The vastness of our universe was put into the spotlight with the first images of the James Webb Space Telescope. These beautiful images, showing only a small fraction of the sky—a grain of sand held at arm’s length—has allowed humanity to delve into the unknown, to better understand our creation, and to see that we are but one of many other galaxies in the cosmos. But unique to us, so far, is that we are teeming with life. As some investigate the macroscopic to better understand our world, others turn towards the microscopic, the very first life on earth, microbes.

Indeed, primitive as they are, microbes gave life to more complex organisms, whether that be through the endosymbiotic relationship of the mitochondrion, or through the digestion of complex molecules. Metabolism, defined as the life-sustaining chemical reactions in our body, is heavily influenced by the microbial environment that feeds it. In this issue of IMMpress we investigate the universe within our body and explore the relationship between metabolism and microbes.

We start off with an infographic about the importance of diet, specifically fibre, and how it can shape our health and our gastrointestinal health (p8)! We follow this article with two that detail why essential nutrients like calcium, folic acid (p10), and vitamin D (p12) are essential for a healthy life. We investigate the notion of food, how some certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties similar to ibuprofen (p13), how the definition of food is stretched in individuals suffering from Pica eating disorder (p14), and how some foods like cilantro can vary in taste based on genetic differences (p16). As food is metabolized, it goes through many complex pathways, but what happens when it goes wrong (p17)? On the other hand, is there a way to harness metabolism to control our immune cells? Find out in our interview with alumnus Dr. Michael St Paul (p18). Intimately connected with metabolism are microbes and their by-products. We look into the power of microbes in regulating brain function (p30), their influence in weight management (p28), their ability to help fight cancer (p22), and fight against disease-causing microbes (p24). We end this issue by summarizing key findings from this year’s Canadian Society of Immunology 2022 meeting where the symposiums covered topics including tumour and layered immunity (p34).

Many thanks to our team of writers, designers, and editors for taking their time to create another great issue of IMMpress Magazine, we appreciate you all. As we near the start of the next school year, welcome to all new incoming and transfer students! Finally, we would like to say goodbye and thank you to Louis Ngai (Co-Editor-in-Chief) and to the wonderful Sarah Colpitts (Multimedia Director) as they step down from their positions. At the same time, we are thrilled to welcome Karen Yeung as Louis’s replacement, as she has proven herself in her great talents as writer, editor, and designer. We hope our readership will enjoy this issue and we hope everybody stays safe and healthy!

Louis and Phil

The following two tabs change content below.

IMMpress

Latest posts by IMMpress (see all)

Previous post From Plant to Poop: The Power of Dietary Fibre
Next post Letter from the Chair – Volume 10, Issue 2

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Close
The newest issue of IMMpress is now available! This time, we tackled all things work culture, from universal basic income to unions and more! Check it out by clicking the link below https://t.co/dDatJRPNi8 https://t.co/2scopoDpCU
h J R
@immpressmag
VR has already changed the world in every way, from medical training to how we view entertainment. As education moves online with the pandemic, how will VR change the classroom? Click the link below to find out! 🕹 https://t.co/g1uYViavAN
h J R
@immpressmag
The newest issue of IMMpress magazine is now out! This time, we delved into the world of technology in healthcare 🔬 Check it out and let us know what you think! https://t.co/HyBn12R6Fd
h J R
@immpressmag
One of few positive outcomes from this pandemic was the advent of mRNA vaccines. And with a rise in funding for this research, scientists can continue to improve this technology. Check out this article by @pu_annie to learn everything you need to know! https://t.co/2GtcexUBvl
h J R
@immpressmag
Check out the link in our below to read the newest IMMpress blog post! Our DOI undergrads Rahman and Aly did a great job on this one 🤩 https://t.co/yeTs2q6S7x
h J R
@immpressmag

Sponsors