Dr. Li conducts basic and clinical research on diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. He has published over 50 scientific articles in the field of ophthalmology and has received various awards and honors for his research.
"Retinal Capillary Pericyte Apoptosis in Early Human Diabetic Retinopathy"
Li W., Myron Yanoff, Xipu Liu, Xiaodan Ye.
C.Med J. 110:659, 1997
"Expression of Apoptosis Regulatory Genes by Retinal Pericytes after Rapid Glucose Reduction"
Li W., Liu X., Yanoff M., Jian B., Ye X.
Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 39:1535, 1998.
"Altered mRNA Levels of Antioxidant Enzymes in Pre-apoptotic Pericytes from human diabetic retinas"
Li W., Yanoff M., He Z.
Cell Mol Biol. 45:59, 1999.
"Artificial senescence of bovine retinal pigment epithelial cells induced by near-ultraviolet in vitro"
Li W., Yanoff M., Li Y., He Z.
Mechanism of Ageing & Development 110:137, 1999.
"Vascular endothelial growth factor regulates both apoptosis and angiogenesis of choriocapillaris endothelial cells"
Li W., He Z., Li Y., Yanoff M.
Microvascular Res. 59:286,2000.
"Intravitreal injection of erythropoietin protects both retinal vascular and neuronal cells in early diabetes"
Zhang J., Li W. Xu G
Invest. Ophthalmol. & Vis. Sci. 49:732, 2008.
"Pharmacokinetic and toxicity study of intravitreal erythropoietin in rabbits"
Zhang J., Sinclair S., Li W., Xu G.
Acta Parmacol Sin 29: 1383, 2008.
"Effects of Intravitreal Erythropoietin Therapy for Patients with Chronic and Progressive Diabetic Macular Edema"
Li W., Sinclair S., Xu G.
Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers & Imaging. 41(1):18, 2010.
"ERK- and AKT-dependent neuroprotection of erythropoietin against glyoxal/AGEs via modulation of BCL-2 family proteins"
Shen J, Wu Y, Zhang J, Yanoff M, Li W, Xu G.
Investigative Ophthalmol Visual Science 51 (1): 35, 2010.
"EPO reduces reactive gliosis and stimulates neurotrophin expression in Muller cells"
Hu LM, Xu GT, Li W.
Frontiers in Bioscience E3, 1541-1555, 2011.