I’m writing this letter in October. There are a lot of unknowns coming up. Between now and the release of this issue, there will be a presidential election, COVID-19 vaccine trial progression (or pause), and any number of life events for our NICHD fellows. It feels insincere to write something that will “work” with whatever happens a month from now. So, here’s to hoping for good health and progress moving forward!

On to the content of the issue. I’m very excited to share our Former Fellow Follow-up with Dr. Lauren “Laurie” Waters. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, a primarily undergraduate institute (PUI). I appreciate how detailed she is in her responses—down to the specific grants she uses to fund her research at a PUI.

With social distancing, it’s been challenging to meet new people. Let’s remedy that. Please meet Dr. Mohammad Al-Jundi, a clinical fellow in the Inter-Institute Endocrinology Training program since 2019. Learn about Dr. Al-Jundi’s research on thyroid cancer in this month’s “Clinical Corner” column.

Before signing off for the month, I want to say a special thank you to Dr. Yvette Pittman for her work in the NICHD Office of Education since 2013. Thank you, Yvette, for all you have done for the NICHD and our future biomedical workforce. No matter what happens between now and the release of this November issue, I know with the talented individuals and teams at the NIH, we have a lot of hope for the future.

Your Editor in Chief,
Shana R. Spindler, PhD

Please send questions and comments to our editor at shana.spindler@nih.gov.