Back to Louisville, KY

Last week, Robert and I travelled back to Louisville to perform some additional experiments, this time with models of retinal degeneration and stem cell therapies.  It was a crazy quick trip and I never got a chance to see the horses of Kentucky outside of the aerial shot grabbed while banking over a racetrack outside of the airport.


The flight out was easy and smooth, though we still had to fly through the rather nice Detroit airport as there were no direct flights.  Like the last visit, we flew past the Enrico Fermi nuclear power plant, but this time got a bit better photograph.  Kentucky really is a beautiful place from the air.  I’d love to be able to spend a bit more time photographing it from the ground some time.


Fortunately though our schedule was tight, the night we arrived, we managed to get to Proof on Main for rather nice cuisine and a stroll through the adjoining art gallery.  I highly recommend Proof and will endeavor to get back every time I happen to find myself in Louisville.  Side note:  The iPhone is a *wonderful* device. Had I not been following along, we might not have noticed how far off course we were in the cab.  The cab driver was apparently taking us to Indiana and was totally lost.  Ultimately, he ripped the GPS navigation device off the windscreen and handed it to me to figure out how to enter the coordinates we needed and to find the destination.


Two days of surgeries followed where we collected tissues and then made a late afternoon flight back to SLC.  Many thanks to the Delta counter agent in Louisville who helped save us from a cancelled flight and managed to get us on upgraded seats for our flight from ATL to SLC.

5 Replies to “Back to Louisville, KY”

  1. Hi there! My name is Jennifer Pletcher and my daughter, Finley has Lebers Congenital Amaurosis. Her mutation is on the RDH12 gene. She is 4 years old, and we just learned about her diagnosis in 2009. I just wanted to say hello. We are always watching research on retinal degeneration. My husband is a geneticist. I just wanted you to know that there are many families out here hoping for a cure – and raising money for research!

  2. Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for writing. I cannot tell you how important your comment is. It is comments like this one that help keep us motivated, even on the worst of days. We are working so incredibly hard on attempting to understand how retinal disease occurs and how it affect the normal retina and I can assure you that we are also actively investigating a number of interventions that hopefully will slow down or prevent the disease progression.

    Best of thoughts and prayers,


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