Letter from the Editors

Letter from the Editors

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How do you make the impossible possible?

It starts with a spark of imagination, a dash of funding, and a whole lot of hard work.

Throughout every graduate student’s journey, there comes a time we face obstacles that are seemingly too great to overcome. We hope that someone out there comes up with a new technique or technology that would solve all our problems. But if we look back even within the past few years, there have already been a surge of new medical advancements to help researchers and clinicians achieve what they couldn’t before. The only question that stands in our way becomes: How can we use it?

Luckily for us, we are surrounded by supervisors, faculty members, and fellow peers who lead by example, showing us exactly how to capitalize on these new methods. In our Spring 2019 issue, the IMS Magazine provides you just a glimpse into the possible applications of Emerging Medical Techniques & Technologies.

We’ve heard about deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, but what about other neurological disorders? To answer this, Drs. Nir Lipsman and Daniel Blumberger tell us how they have used various forms of brain stimulation as experimental treatments for anorexia and depression, respectively. We’ve also seen the decorative figurines people can design and print with 3D printers, but do they have any scientific value? Dr. Anne Agur teaches us how they are generating 3D anatomical models of intricate musculoskeletal systems and Dr. Forrest shows us how he uses 3D-printed models to plan complex surgeries. With so many new discoveries, how does a scientist get into business? Dr. Cynthia Goh shares her experience in navigating this path. And what about revisiting old techniques? Dr. Andrew Dueck explains how MRI and automated imaging processing is the new way to plan vascular surgeries.

We are equally excited to share student perspectives on automation in healthcare, the use of animals in research, and the controversial CRISPR baby. Other Viewpoint articles include the rise of predatory publishing, the looming threat of superbugs, and the dissolution of Ontario’s integrated health network. We also fill you in on several recent events, including the start of a new student-run podcast, Medicine in Motion, the International Stroke Conference in Hawaii, the TRP event on medical device regulation, and IMSSA’s Bell Let’s Talk Day campaign. Last but not least, we find time to review a book about psychedelic drugs, psychiatric conditions, and society.

As always, we hope there’s something for everyone in this issue and we’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to email us at theimsmagazine@gmail.com and visit out website at imsmagazine.com.

Priscilla & Chantel