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Carolina Kunnen

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Carolina Kunnen


Carolina has been board member of The Optical Foundation since 2006 and became the president in 2008. In 2007, Carolina set up The Optical Foundation first project in Ghana.

Carolina is an optometrist and orthoptist, who after her studies worked for several years in the Netherlands, before moving to Australia in 2010 to do her PhD research at the Brien Holden Vision Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. In her PhD she studied the influence of meibomian gland morphology and function on subjective ocular symptoms. She has received several awards for her research, including the prestigious Michael G. Harris William C. Ezell Fellowship and she is a dual recipient of the Cornea and Contact Lens Society of Australia research award.

In addition to her PhD work, Carolina also took part in training Aboriginal health workers and health workers in Samoa for the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

Having completed her PhD, Carolina currently holds a post-doc position at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the United States.

In addition, Carolina and her business partner Rens Bais are the founders of a company called ‘LimeStone Group’ that is dedicated to creating scientific video abstracts used to communicate scientific research to a wider audience.