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

  • Hisakata R, Hayashi D, Murakami I. Motion-induced position shift in stereoscopic and dichoptic viewing. J Vis. 2016 Oct 1;16(13):3. doi: 10.1167/16.13.3. PubMed PMID: 27776360.
  • Okumura Y, Kobayashi T, Itakura S. Eye Contact Affects Object Representation in 9-Month-Old Infants. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 24;11(10):e0165145. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0165145. PubMed PMID: 27776155.
  • Utz S, Carbon CC. Is the Thatcher Illusion Modulated by Face Familiarity? Evidence from an Eye Tracking Study. PLoS One. 2016 Oct 24;11(10):e0163933. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0163933. PubMed PMID: 27776145.
  • Liu DT. Reply. Retina. 2016 Nov;36(11):e113-e115. PubMed PMID: 27776021.
  • Dolinska MB, Kus N, Farney K, Wingfield PT, Brooks BP, Sergeev YV. Oculocutaneous Albinism Type 1: Link between Mutations, Tyrosinase Conformational Stability, and Enzymatic Activity. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res. 2016 Oct 24. doi: 10.1111/pcmr.12546. PubMed PMID: 27775880.
  • Jacobs M, Lopez-Garcia M, Phrathep OP, Lawson T, Oulton R, Whitney HM. Photonic multilayer structure of Begonia chloroplasts enhances photosynthetic efficiency. Nat Plants. 2016 Oct 24;2:16162. doi: 10.1038/nplants.2016.162. PubMed PMID: 27775728.

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