With the temperatures rising and days growing longer, I invite you to read the Spring/Summer 2018 issue of the IMS Magazine. The focus is on Rare Diseases, and we are able to delve into this rapidly evolving world through interviews with many esteemed IMS faculty. The feature articles in this issue present discussions with Dr. Mohammad Reza Akbari, Dr. James He Eubanks, Dr. Mogjie Hodaie, Dr. Manuel Carcao, Dr. Elise Heon, Dr. Andrea Boggild, and Dr. Neal Sondheimer.
This issue also highlights the work of Dr. Allen Moody and Dr. Dafna Gladman in the Faculty Spotlight articles. The Student Spotlight is on Dr. Wenjun Xu, an IMS alumnus and current post-doctoral fellow. There are a number of interesting Viewpoint articles written by the IMS Magazine journalists, on topics ranging from computer brain interface to the funding of tropical diseases.
The IMS Magazine Retrospective series continues, with an article on Dr. Jack Laidlaw. I encourage you to take part in the IMS 50th Anniversary celebrations that will be occurring in October, and to continue to learn more about the history of the IMS! The IMS recently celebrated the annual IMS Scientific Day, a chance for students to showcase their research. I would like to congratulate everyone who participated, and especially the students and faculty who received awards.
Finally, I wish to congratulate the Anna Badner and Lindsay Caldarone on this issue and on their time as Co-Editors-in-Chief for the IMS Magazine. I look forward to working with Chantel Kowalchuk and Priscilla Chan as they take on this leadership role moving forward. And, of course, I would like to congratulate the entire IMS Magazine team on their hard work in producing another thoughtful issue.
Dr. Mingyao Liu