Letter from the Editors

Letter from the Editors

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Upon beginning our term as the new Editors-In-Chief, we were surprised to discover that there has never been an issue of the IMS Magazine entirely devoted to Cancer. With a long-standing history in cancer research and a plethora of distinguished faculty, this was a logical focus. It also gave us the opportunity to highlight the immense achievements of Dr. Pamela Catton, who has been a leader in radiation oncology and helped implement the Bachelor of Science program in Medical Radiation Sciences, in the Institute of Medical Science (IMS) 50th Anniversary “Retrospective” article.

Other features include Dr. Arjun Sahgal’s innovative implementation of stereotactic radiosurgery to treat spine metatases, as well as Dr. Howard Leong-Poi’s success with ultrasound-mediated gene therapy. Further, Dr. Jonathan Irish provided insights into the Guided Therapeutics Program at the Princess Margaret Hospital and their state-of-the-art developments in surgical technology. Our journalists also sat down with Dr. Andrea McCart to discuss the use of vaccinia virus for cancer gene therapy, and with Dr. Gary Rodin for an overview of palliative care.

In other articles, we have an interview with Dr. Howard Mount, a Student Spotlight piece on Melissa Polonenko, and a conversation with IMS alumni Adam Santoro. Also of interest may be a recap of this year’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP), a compilation of graduate school survival tips, and a review of Amanda Lang’s novel, “The Beauty of Discomfort”. Our viewpoint articles contain a critical assessment of healthcare economics, the collaborative care model, and alternative cancer therapies.

We would also like to thank Dr. Mingyao Liu and the IMS for their continued support, our journalists and editors for all their hard work, and the extraordinary Design Team whose remarkable efforts are key to the production of this issue. We are especially grateful for all the training, advice, and guidance of the outgoing Editors-In-Chief, Sarah Peters and Petri Takkala.

To conclude, we hope you enjoy the content and, as always, strongly encourage feedback. Please let us know your thoughts by email, through our website (www.imsmagazine.com), or even in person.

Happy Reading!

Anna & Lindsay