Dear Reader,

In the era of much political turmoil, distress, and shock, the world has focused on the negativity that surrounds us, frequently forgetting all the good that happens in the world.  As a student-led interdisciplinary health magazine, Frontiers hopes to shed light on that positivity by spreading our love for health and science through journalistic writing.  We, as a Frontiers family, hope to provide an outlet for you to take a moment from our chaotic world and find tranquility and happiness through exploring the monumental advances in our constantly progressing medical field in relation to the environment, public health, research, and more.

Nominated as EIC-in-training for Frontiers this issue, I am proud to represent a diverse, cohesive, passionate group of writers, editors, illustrators, and executive members.  My decision to join and actively contribute to Frontiers as a writer, editor, and executive member for these past 2 years has been a rewarding and worthwhile experience filled with no regrets.  I hope to create an environment that cultivates honing creativity, investigative writing, and open-mindedness amongst all members. We hope, through our magazine, meaningful relationships between members can be established, while publishing articles that allow readers, like you, to immerse themselves in the text.  I am looking forward to the direction Frontiers takes as I inherit the position of EIC for the following issues, and I hope you will look kindly upon Frontiers as we make this transition.

The articles included in this issue of Frontiers magazine extends over multiple disciplines in health from the pharmaceutical industry pricing standards to significant discoveries in the Human Connectome Project.  Each article has been written by our passionate writers, critiqued with care by our attentive editors, designed by our imaginative illustrators, and published behind-the-scenes by our valiant executive members.  We hope that some of these articles pique your interest and fully represent the hard work, dedication, and sacrifices that have been made to publish a magazine that enables us to spread informative and scientific ideas.

If you would like to become a part of our Frontiers family, there is definitely a place for you! Whether as a writer, an editor, an illustrator, or a member of our Executive Board, we always welcome new members.  We would also love to hear any of your comments, questions, suggestions, and/or concerns going forward with our future articles. Please contact us at frontiersmag@gmail.com or look at our website frontiersmag.wustl.edu for more information.

Please take a glimpse of what our accomplished members have put into this issue.  We hope it sparks your curiosity and makes you realize all the positivity in the world.

“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

Happy reading,
Anhthi Luong

Illustration by Nick Rogers

Illustration by Nick Rogers

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