Letters from the Editors

by Jason Lo Hog Tian and Mikaeel Valli

Jason Lo Hog Tian

It was amazing to see the hard work and dedication of the IMS Magazine team in making this issue on Gut Health and the Microbiome possible! The gut is an important contributor to our health and has been getting more research and media attention in recent years, so it seemed like an appropriate time to highlight the excellent work being done in this area by the IMS community. 

Mikaeel Valli

This issue features Drs. Margaret Hahn, Mark Silverberg, Tony Lam, and Nicola Jones, and their important work aiming to understand factors affecting gut health and how it impacts other aspects of an individual’s health. We also put the spotlight on Dr. Peter Giacobbe as he explains his work on treatment-resistant depression and shares his recipe for becoming a great researcher. For our student spotlight, we feature Natalie Osborne, former Editor-in-Chief of the IMS Magazine, as she walks us through her quest to study chronic pain. 

We have many talented journalists, and their writing skills are showcased in our Viewpoint articles. Read about the pros and cons of early autism diagnosis, the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the future of medicine, the recent controversy surrounding the implementation of vaccine passports, and whether probiotics are effective at improving your health. There is also a thought-provoking Diversity in Science article exploring mental health stigma among racial and ethnic communities.

It has been a great learning experience working on our first issue as Editors-in-Chief and we are grateful to our team for their invaluable contributions. We hope you enjoy reading this issue as much as we did in producing it. We look forward to creating more content for you in the 2021-2022 academic year! 


Jason Lo Hog Tian and Mikaeel Valli

Jason is a 3rd year PhD student examining the mechanisms linking HIV stigma and health under the supervision of Dr. Sean Rourke

Twitter: @JasonLoTweets

Mikaeel is a 5th year PhD student. He works with Dr. Antonio Strafella’s lab that uses neuroimaging techniques to understand the underlying mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease with non-motor complications.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/mikaeel-valli/