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

  • Árnason BB, Þorsteinsson H, Karlsson KÆ. Absence of Rapid Eye Movements During Sleep in Adult Zebrafish. Behav Brain Res. 2015 May 20. pii: S0166-4328(15)00346-0. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.05.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26003945.
  • Lovicu FJ, Shin EH, McAvoy JW. Fibrosis in the lens. Sprouty regulation of TGFβ-signaling prevents lens EMT leading to cataract. Exp Eye Res. 2015 May 20. pii: S0014-4835(15)00038-X. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2015.02.004. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 26003864.
  • Medeiros MC, Aquino JS, Soares J, Figueiroa EB, Mesquita HM, Pessoa DC, Stamford TM. Buriti oil (Mauritia flexuosa L.) negatively impacts somatic growth and reflex maturation and increases retinol deposition in young rats. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2015 May 20. pii: S0736-5748(15)00400-1. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdevneu.2015.05.001. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26003822.
  • Okochi M, Kuboyama M, Tanaka M, Honda H. Design of a dual-function peptide probe as a binder of angiotensin II and an inducer of silver nanoparticle aggregation for use in label-free colorimetric assays. Talanta. 2015 Sep 1;142:235-239. doi: 10.1016/j.talanta.2015.04.054. Epub 2015 Apr 27. PubMed PMID: 26003717.
  • Kivistö K, Tupola S, Kivitie-Kallio S. Prenatally buprenorphine-exposed children: health to 3 years of age. Eur J Pediatr. 2015 May 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26003659.
  • Kirkegaard MM, Coupland SE, Prause JU, Heegaard S. Malignant Lymphoma of the Conjunctiva. Surv Ophthalmol. 2015 May 20. pii: S0039-6257(15)00096-X. doi: 10.1016/j.survophthal.2015.05.001. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 26003619.

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