Congratulations to Dr. Xiaorong Liu, whose research on “BDNF Mediated Neuroprotection in Optic Neuropathy” was featured in Neuronline this week! Her new publication in eNeuro, “Over expression of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Protects Large Retinal Ganglion Cells After Optic Nerve Crush in Mice,” was made available by the Society for Neuroscience.
The main issue and motivator behind Dr. Liu’s research is described as, “Disorders of the visual system often involve neuronal loss in the retina and in the higher visual centers of the brain, which eventually leads to low vision and blindness. In many cases, vision loss cannot be restored because neuronal death is irreversible.” Her most recent study found that brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has the ability to encourage the survival of large-soma RCGs, also referred to as retinal ganglion cells—neurons that are located near the inner surface of the retina—following acute optic nerve injury.
Dr. Liu is joining UVA’s departments of Biology and Psychology this summer. Interested in learning more about her research? Click here to view her contact information and laboratory website!