Dear Reader,

In the last several weeks the progression of the global coronavirus pandemic has left us quite shocked, and some, distressed.  We hope this message finds you healthy and well during this uncertain time.  As a student-led interdisciplinary health magazine, we have begun to contemplate what our role might be in the face of this major public health crisis. Frontiers has always been committed to relaying our love for science, medicine and healthcare to a wide range of audiences. At our core, we are a group of passionate undergraduate students working to publish reliable and compelling scientific information through journalistic writing. Now more than ever, medical journalism holds relevancy at WashU and beyond. 

We are proud to present you with a diverse collection of articles engaging many aspects of medicine including public health, biomedical research advances and reflections from clinical settings. Our writers, editors and illustrators have continued to work tirelessly even under dire circumstances. We hope our magazine has created a space for our members to establish meaningful relationships between themselves, while publishing articles that allow readers, like you, to immerse themselves in the text. We seek, above all, to create an environment that cultivates honing creativity, engages investigative writing and open-mindedness amongst all members. 

Each article has been crafted by our passionate writers, critiqued with care by our attentive editors, designed by our imaginative illustrators and published behind-the-scenes by our dedicated executive members. We hope that some of these articles pique your curiosity and represent the hard work and dedication 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 are always excited to welcome new members. We would also love to hear any of your comments, questions, suggestions, and/or concerns. Please contact us at eic.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 are confident that it can shed a little light in our community and perhaps even beyond. 

“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,
Soyi Sarkar, Anhthi Luong and Anu Balasubramanian

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