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

  • Defazio G, Esposito M, Abbruzzese G, Scaglione CL, Fabbrini G, Ferrazzano G, Peluso S, Pellicciari R, Gigante AF, Cossu G, Arca R, Avanzino L, Bono F, Mazza MR, Bertolasi L, Bacchin R, Eleopra R, Lettieri C, Morgante F, Altavista MC, Polidori L, Liguori R, Misceo S, Squintani G, Tinazzi M, Ceravolo R, Unti E, Magistrelli L, Coletti Moja M, Modugno N, Petracca M, Tambasco N, Cotelli MS, Aguggia M, Pisani A, Romano M, Zibetti M, Bentivoglio AR, Albanese A, Girlanda P, Berardelli A. The Italian Dystonia Registry: rationale, design and preliminary findings. Neurol Sci. 2017 Feb 18. doi: 10.1007/s10072-017-2839-3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28215037.
  • Takahashi C, Watt SJ. Optimal visual-haptic integration with articulated tools. Exp Brain Res. 2017 Feb 18. doi: 10.1007/s00221-017-4896-5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28214998.
  • Preis W, Bestehorn A, Buchner J, Haslbeck M. An alternative splice variant of human αA-crystallin modulates the oligomer ensemble and the chaperone activity of α-crystallins. Cell Stress Chaperones. 2017 Feb 18. doi: 10.1007/s12192-017-0772-2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28214988.
  • Hamm L, Chen Z, Li J, Black J, Dai S, Yuan J, Yu M, Thompson B. Interocular suppression in children with deprivation amblyopia. Vision Res. 2017 Feb 15. pii: S0042-6989(17)30020-2. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2017.01.004. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28214552.
  • Cordeiro CA, Vieira EL, Castro VM, Dutra WO, Costa RA, Orefice JL, Campos WR, Orefice F, Young LH, Teixeira AL. T cell Immunoregulation in Active Ocular Toxoplasmosis. Immunol Lett. 2017 Feb 15. pii: S0165-2478(16)30233-4. doi: 10.1016/j.imlet.2017.02.009. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28214536.
  • Rong S, Li Y, Guan Y, Zhu L, Zhou Q, Gao M, Pan H, Zou L, Chang D. Long-chain unsaturated fatty acids as possible important metabolites for primary angle-closure glaucoma based on targeted metabolomic analysis. Biomed Chromatogr. 2017 Feb 18. doi: 10.1002/bmc.3963. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28214354.

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