Rune Brautaset

Rune Brautaset

Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852482543
Visiting address: Eye Center of Excellence Avd Ögon & Syn, Eugeniavägen 12, 17164 Solna
Postal address: K8 Klinisk neurovetenskap, K8 Ögon och Syn Brautaset, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • I got my license as an optometrist (Norway) in 1998 after studies in Norway and England. Started working at KI as an assistant professor in 2000 in parallel with doctoral studies in Manchester where I took my doctorate in Optometry and Neuroscience in 2003. In 2003 I became a senior lecturer at KI and took over as head of unit for the Unit for Optometry (CNS) and then became program director for the optometry program in 2004. In 2008 I became an associate professor at KI. After initiating a master's degree in clinical optometry in 2008, I had the assignment as program director for both programs until 2016 when I took over as head of undergraduate education at Clinical Neuroscience (CNS). An assignment I still have. As of July 1, 2018, I am Head of the Division of Eye and Vision at CNS. We are located at St. Erik Eye Hospital, where we conduct education and research in ophthalmology, optometry, eye nursing and orthoptics. In total, the division has about 80 employees (employees, co-opted, affiliated and doctoral students). I joined the Board of Education / Committee for Education 2017 and was appointed vice chairman of the committe in the spring of 2021. I also hold a seat in the Nomination Assembly's Nomination Committee (since Spring 2018).

    - 1994-1996: First two years of BSc program in optometry at Buskerud University Collage, Kongsberg, Norway
    - 1998: BSc (Hon) in Optometry, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK
    - 1999: MPhil in Optometry and Vision Science, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK
    - 2003: PhD in Optometry and Neuroscience, University of Manchester Institute of Science and technology (UMIST) [UMIST has merged and has become part of Manchester University], Manchester, UK

    Academic honours, awards and prizes
    - 2006: KI's Pedagogical Honorable Mention
    - 2015: KI's Pedagogical Award


  • My research career began with research on binocular vision ("why do we see a picture with two eyes"). I was the first optometrist with a PhD working at a Swedish university and I have thus, as head of unit, been involved in building up the optometric research that currently exists at KI. I am head of research group Brautaset within the department. In total, I have supervised 5 doctoral students to their PhD. My research today focus on the structure and function of the eye. Some of my latest publications are below.


  • I have taken 22.5 credits of higher education pedagogical courses. In addition to working with the optometry programs, I have been involved in LUT I and II (the projects around the Medical Program's current education plan), headed the projected that led to the establishment of UoL (KI's pedagogical unit starting 2019), been on the on the steering groups for CANVAS, Time Edit and commissioned education. In addition to working with educations at KI, I have been involved in ECOO (European Council of Optometry and Optics) where I had the main responsibility for developing the European common education plan that is the basis for the harmonization of higher education for optometry in Europe.


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  • Professor, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, 2021-

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2009

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