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

  • Shimazawa M, Sugitani S, Inoue Y, Tsuruma K, Hara H. Effect of a sigma-1 receptor agonist, cutamesine dihydrochloride (SA4503), on photoreceptor cell death against light-induced damage. Exp Eye Res. 2015 Jan 20. pii: S0014-4835(15)00024-X. doi: 10.1016/j.exer.2015.01.017. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25616094.
  • Yu S, Wang QM, Wang X, Liu D, Zhang W, Ye T, Yang X, Pan W. Liposome incorporated Ion sensitive in situ gels for opthalmic delivery of Timolol Maleate. Int J Pharm. 2015 Jan 20. pii: S0378-5173(15)00056-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2015.01.032. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25615987.
  • Hamad N, Shanavas M, Michelis FV, Uhm J, Gupta V, Seftel M, Kuruvilla J, Lipton JH, Messner HA, Kim DD. Mycophenolate based GVHD prophylaxis is not inferior to methotrexate in myeloablative related donor stem cell transplantation. Am J Hematol. 2015 Jan 23. doi: 10.1002/ajh.23955. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25615933.
  • Manabe H, Fukumoto M, Yagi T. Direct Gaze Estimation Based on Non-linearity of EOG. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2015 Jan 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25615905.
  • Jung SH, Jang H, Lim MC, Kim JH, Shin KS, Kim SM, Kim HY, Kim YR, Jeon TJ. Chromatic Biosensor for Detection of Phosphinothricin Acetyltransferase (PAT) using Polydiacetylene Vesicles Encapsulated within Automatically Generated Immuno-hydrogel Beads. Anal Chem. 2015 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25615891.
  • Kataria P, Kumar A, Bansal R, Sharma A, Gupta V, Gupta A, Singh R, Sharma K. devR PCR for the Diagnosis of Intraocular Tuberculosis. Ocul Immunol Inflamm. 2015 Feb;23(1):47-52. PubMed PMID: 25615810.

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