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

  • Tata PR, Rajagopal J. Regulatory Circuits and Bi-directional Signaling between Stem Cells and Their Progeny. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Dec 1;19(6):686-689. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2016.11.009. PubMed PMID: 27912089.
  • López-Paniagua M, Nieto-Miguel T, de la Mata A, Galindo S, Herreras JM, Corrales RM, Calonge M. Successful Consecutive Expansion of Limbal Explants Using a Biosafe Culture Medium under Feeder Layer-Free Conditions. Curr Eye Res. 2016 Dec 2:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27911610.
  • Yue H, Qian J, Yuan Y, Zhang R, Bi Y, Meng F, Xuan Y. Clinicopathological Characteristics and Prognosis for Survival after Enucleation of Uveal Melanoma in Chinese Patients: Long-term Follow-up. Curr Eye Res. 2016 Dec 2:1-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27911584.
  • Kaliki S, Shields CL. Uveal melanoma: relatively rare but deadly cancer. Eye (Lond). 2016 Dec 2. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.275. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 27911450.
  • Anitua E, de la Fuente M, Merayo-Lloves J, Muruzabal F, Orive G. Allogeneic blood-based therapies: hype or hope? Eye (Lond). 2016 Dec 2. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.268. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27911449.
  • Sasaki H, Shiono A, Kogo J, Yomoda R, Munemasa Y, Syoda M, Otake H, Kurihara H, Kitaoka Y, Takagi H. Inverted internal limiting membrane flap technique as a useful procedure for macular hole-associated retinal detachment in highly myopic eyes. Eye (Lond). 2016 Dec 2. doi: 10.1038/eye.2016.263. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27911448.

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