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Dean's Message


March 24, 2020

In the days ahead, the health and well-being of our vibrant community will remain the primary focus of GSSIMR, followed closely by our collective obligation to help “flatten the curve” on behalf of the vulnerable and to reduce the community impact of COVID-19.

During this crucial time of social distancing and working from home, we are also taking steps to maintain academic progress wherever possible. GSSIMR will continue to respond to student needs and operate continuously in virtual mode, offering options for committee meetings and even thesis defense seminars to be conducted over video communication.

Still, as we adapt to a new reality, I personally urge everyone to first take time to care for yourself and those around you. In particular, predoctoral researchers are being actively encouraged to band together online for friendship, support, and (of course) science.

Please stay safe and stay tuned for future announcements. After doing our part to address this crisis, let’s resolve to come back to Stowers with a whole new appreciation for the incredible gift that it is to explore the secrets of life together.

Matt Gibson, Ph.D.
Dean, The Graduate School of the Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Investigator, Stowers Institute for Medical Research