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When Sepiedeh Keshavarzi was getting her medical degree in Tehran, she often read research papers by prominent scientists in the U.S.

“It was my dream at some point when I was much younger to do research in the States,” she says.

Not anymore.

The U.S. denied Keshavarzi’s request for a visa to attend this year’s Society for Neuroscience meeting, which drew more than 25,000 brain scientists from around the world to Chicago this week. She was also denied a visa for last year’s meeting in San Diego.

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