Alessandro Iannaccone, M.D., M.S.

Alessandro Iannaccone, M.D., M.S.

Retinal Degeneration & Ophthalmic Genetics Service
Lions Visual Function Diagnostic Lab

Associate Professor
Department of Ophthalmology
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Hamilton Eye Institute
930 Madison Ave, Suite 731 (academic)
930 Madison Ave, Suite 400 (clinical)
Memphis, TN 38163 (USA)
Phone: (901) 448-7831 (academic)
(901) 448-6445/6185 (lab)
(901) 448-1241 (UTMG front desk)
Fax: (901) 448-5028 (UT)/1021 (UTMG)
Email: Alessandro Iannaccone


  • M.D. Institution: University La Sapienza, School of Medicine, Rome, Italy
  • M.S. Institution: (Epidemiology) College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
  • Postdoctoral: (Medical Retina Research) Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; (Pediatric Retinal and Optic Nerve Diseases) University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
  • Residency: School of Ophthalmology, Institute of Ophthalmology, University of Rome, Italy


Research Interests

Presently, stronger emphasis in my research is on 1) inflammatory and autoimmune aspects of age related macular degeneration and panretinal retinopathies; 2) hereditary retinal diseases such as X-linked and dominant retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Leber's congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome (RP with hearing loss) and Bardet-Biedl syndrome (RP with obesity, polydactyly, and other systemic manifestations); and 3) nutritional influences on macular function and macular pigment.

Recent Publications

  • Yang WL, Zhang L. Mechanism of PEDF promoting the proliferation of lens epithelial cells in human eyes. Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2015 Nov;8(11):971-975. doi: 10.1016/j.apjtm.2015.10.009. Epub 2015 Oct 9. PubMed PMID: 26614999.
  • Chou TH, Feuer WJ, Schwartz O, Rojas MJ, Roebber JK, Porciatti V. Integrative properties of retinal ganglion cell electrical responsiveness depend on neurotrophic support and genotype in the mouse. Exp Eye Res. 2015 Nov 22. pii: S0014-4835(15)30066-X. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2015.11.008. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26614910.
  • Harbord M, Annese V, Vavricka SR, Allez M, Barreiro-de Acosta M, Borberg K, Burisch J, De Vos M, De Vries AM, Dick AD, Juillerat P, Karlsen T, Koutroubakis I, Lakatos P, Orchard T, Papay P, Raine T, Reinshagen M, Thaçi D, Tilg H, Carbonnel F; European Crohn’s and Colitis Organisation (ECCO). The First European Evidence-Based Consensus on Extra-Intestinal Manifestations in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. J Crohns Colitis. 2015 Nov 27. pii: jjv213. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26614685.
  • Balducci N, Savini G, Cascavilla ML, La Morgia C, Triolo G, Giglio R, Carbonelli M, Parisi V, Sadun AA, Bandello F, Carelli V, Barboni P. Macular nerve fibre and ganglion cell layer changes in acute Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. Br J Ophthalmol. 2015 Nov 27. pii: bjophthalmol-2015-307326. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-307326. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26614631.
  • Dabasia PL, Lawrenson JG, Murdoch IE. Evaluation of a new rebound tonometer for self-measurement of intraocular pressure. Br J Ophthalmol. 2015 Nov 27. pii: bjophthalmol-2015-307674. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-307674. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26614630.
  • Dean SE, Povey RC, Reeves J. Assessing interventions to increase compliance to patching treatment in children with amblyopia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Br J Ophthalmol. 2015 Nov 27. pii: bjophthalmol-2015-307340. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2015-307340. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 26614629.

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