Dr. Scott Plafker joined OMRF in 2011. But it wasn’t a giant leap. He’d spent the previous eight years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, developing a research focus on age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. At OMRF, he’s continuing that work, and last fall received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. That award will allow him to work toward a deeper understanding—and, he hopes, new treatment strategies—for a disease that robs millions of elderly people of their sight.
- “I rarely miss a spin class. Exercise helps me think.”
- I run home from work every day. We live three miles away, but I take a loop through downtown to make it a five-mile run.
- I’m usually reading 3-4 books at once. I like Jeffrey Deaver thrillers but also non-fiction authors like Wendell Berry and David Foster Wallace.
- Twice a month, I volunteer as a reading partner at our neighborhood elementary school. I did it when I was in graduate school, too.
- I always wanted to go skydiving, but my wife says I should have done that before we got married. It’s too late now.
- My hero is probably Sherlock Holmes for his impressive powers of deduction.
- My only regret is not taking up for kids who were made fun of at school. I didn’t mistreat them, but I failed to defend them. Looking back, I really wish I had done that.