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

  • Tatematsu Y, Ogawa Y, Abe T, Kamoi M, Uchino M, Saijo-Ban Y, Yaguchi S, Mukai S, Mori T, Okamoto S, Tsubota K. Grading criteria for chronic ocular graft-versus-host disease: Comparing the NIH eye score, Japanese dry eye score, and DEWS 2007 score. Sci Rep. 2014 Oct 22;4:6680. doi: 10.1038/srep06680. PubMed PMID: 25338290.
  • Chattopadhyay S, Dey SK, Maiti PK, Dolai D. A novel tool for capture and detection of typhoid fever using Ag-labeled nanocomposites. J Biol Inorg Chem. 2014 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25338205.
  • Drewes J, Zhu W, Hu Y, Hu X. Smaller Is Better: Drift in Gaze Measurements due to Pupil Dynamics. PLoS One. 2014 Oct 22;9(10):e111197. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111197. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25338168.
  • Dickson VK, Pedi L, Long SB. Structure and insights into the function of a Ca(2+)-activated Cl(-) channel. Nature. 2014 Oct 22. doi: 10.1038/nature13913. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25337878.
  • Shirasawa M, Sakamoto T, Terasaki H, Yamashita T, Uchino E, Sonoda S. Objective Determination of Optimal Number of Spectral-Domain Optical Coherence Tomographic Images of Retina to Average. PLoS One. 2014 Oct 22;9(10):e110550. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110550. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25337716.
  • Giannelou A, Zhou Q, Kastner DL. When less is more: primary immunodeficiency with an autoinflammatory kick. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014 Dec;14(6):491-500. PubMed PMID: 25337682.

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