I am working on growing patient-specific stem cells in a dish to understand and find new treatments for stroke, Alzheimer’s and childhood neurogenetic diseases. For this year, I was planning to travel to two major international meetings: Brain2017 in Berlin, Germany and Cerebral Vascular Biology 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. This travel ban cut me off from presenting my research work and developing international collaboration. This ban has a potential to affect my professional career as a junior investigator as these are missed opportunities to gain credentials among peers in my field and influence my ability to publish my work and get funding for my lab. If I leave the country, nobody can guarantee me that I will be able to re-enter.