Studying abroad: The Immunologist’s Perspective

Here are the narratives of newcomers to Canada sharing their experiences navigating the challenges encountered upon entering a different world. The interviewees decided to remain anonymous to feel comfortable sharing their stories. For the interview, they were asked to explain the challenges that come with living and studying abroad. Student 1: Embarking on my journey...

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The benefits and challenges of international collaboration

The concept of international collaboration invokes the greatest ideals of science: working together on global issues, aligning the agendas of diverse groups, and developing a more robust understanding of the world. While many research questions could benefit from the breadth of international collaboration, we must consider what constitutes a successful collaboration. What challenges do these...

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Moving from Brain Drain to Brain Circulation

Brain drain is a term coined in the 1950s to describe the emigration of highly skilled personnel, particularly physicians and scientists, from Great Britain to the United States and Canada (1). During this time, professionals departed their home country in pursuit of better salaries, increased research funding, and more favorable job opportunities (1). While the...

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Crossing Continents: Unveiling Insights from Uganda in Collaborative Research with North American Institutes

James Nnamutete, Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) and Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences (BMLS)Laboratory Coordinator for Rakai Health Sciences Program James Nnamutete is a study coordinator at the Rakai Health Sciences program (RHSP) situated in Kalisizo, Uganda. His 17 years of expertise consists of his work with various clinical studies, including those related...

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Global Health: On a Mission to Health for All

The COVID-19 pandemic is not our first brush with health crisis that has sounded a call for global action. In 1988, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was established in response to the ravages of polio outbreaks. Since its launch, there has been more than a 99% decrease in the incidence for this potentially debilitating disease....

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Book Review – “Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants”, by Robin Wall Kimmerer

In her book Braiding Sweetgrass, author Robin Wall Kimmerer, a decorated environmental biology professor and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation – a federally recognized tribe of the Potawatomi people in Oklahoma – weaves together her Indigenous roots and Western scientific expertise. Describing the relationship between people and the land as “the ultimate reciprocity,...

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Letter from the Chair, Dr. Jennifer Gommerman – Volume 11 Issue 3, 2024

Jen Gommerman, PhDCanada Research Chair in Tissue Specific ImmunityProfessor and Chair, Department of Immunology “Doing science with care and humility is a powerful act of reciprocity with the more-than-human-world.” Robin Wall Kimmerer Reciprocity… That is the word I would use to describe this fantastic new issue of IMMPress dedicated to Global Science. In Kitty Liu’s...

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Letter from the Editors – Volume 11 Issue 3, 2024

In order of left to right: James Pollock (Co-Editor-in-Chief), Kitty Liu (Design Director), Karen Yeung (Co-Editor-in-Chief), and Tianning Yu (Social Media Coordinator) Immunology, by its nature, knows no geographical boundaries. In this issue of IMMpress Magazine, we celebrate the diverse tapestry of research and innovation that span continents and highlight the collective efforts of scientists...

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Mitochondria: bounded by membrane, but of unbounded impact

Undoubtedly, Power, Sex, Suicide is a book with a very punchy and eye-catching title. The title summarizes the critical message the author Nick Lane wants to convey: mitochondria are way more than just the powerhouse of the cell.   Currently a professor of Evolution Biochemistry at University College London, Lane has dedicated his career to mitochondrial...

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