Professor Philip Rowe

Professor Of Rehabilitation Science

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

Professor Rowe obtained a BSc Hons in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham (1982) followed by a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde (1990). For his PhD work he was awarded the European Society of Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics Award in 1987. After completing his PhD he held various academic appointments at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, UK. where he pursued his own research and was also responsible for research development within the School of Health Sciences. He re-joined the Biomedical Engineering Department at Strathclyde in September 2005 as part of the HealthQWest research consortium for which he is Head of the Function for Living Research Programme. HealthQwest achieved the highest AHP rating in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise. Professor Philip Rowes main research areas lie in Clinical movement analysis, functional analysis, biomechanics of the human body in motion, rehabilitation engineering, rehabilitation technology, rehabilitation robotics and robotic surgery especially applied in orthopaedics and stroke. His research has helped elucidate the clinical outcomes of various musculoskeletal and neurological disorders such as Knee replacement surgery, Hip replacement surgery, Hip fractures, back pain, Hyper-mobility syndrome, Patello-femoral pain syndrome, stroke and aging. He is especially interested in the application of science and engineering methods to patient treatment and also their use to quantify and analyse the clinical effects of rehabilitation services. Professor Rowe has been a leading proponent of the WHO ICF as a model for patient care and treatment evaluation and his recent research and publications make use of this model. Professor Rowe considers that for service users to maximise their recovery from illness rehabilitation should encompass the physical, psychological, nutritional and social factors effecting function simultaneously and should assist the patient travel from the acute setting through rehabilitation to self care or care in the community. Professor Rowe is Research Director for the highly successful department of Biomedical Engineering which was ranked 1st in Scotland and 4th in the UK in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework with 90% of our research rated world class (4*) or internationally leading (3*).


No advantage with navigated versus conventional mechanically aligned total knee arthroplasty-10 year results of a randomised controlled trial
Farhan-Alanie Omer M, Altell Tareq, O'Donnell Sinead, May Pauline, Doonan James, Rowe Philip, Jones Bryn, Blyth Mark J G
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (2022)
Control of the stand to sit movement in acute stroke survivors
Kerr A, Rowe P, Pomeroy V
Gait and Posture Vol 97, pp. S24-S25 (2022)
Are there functional biomechanical differences in robotic arm-assisted bi-unicompartmental knee arthroplasty compared with conventional total knee arthroplasty? A prospective, randomized controlled trial
Banger Matthew S, Doonan James, Jones Bryn G, MacLean Angus D, Rowe Philip J, Blyth Mark J G
The Bone and Joint Journal Vol 104, pp. 433-443 (2022)
Swipe kinematic differences in young children with autism spectrum disorders are task- and age-dependent : a smart tablet game approach
Lu Szu-Ching, Rowe Philip, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzystof, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Brain Disorders Vol 5 (2022)
A co-creation centre for accessible rehabilitation technology
Kerr Andy, Grealy Madeleine Ann, Kuschmann Anja, Rutherford Rosie, Rowe Philip
Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences: Translational Research in Rehabilitation Vol 2 (2022)
Developmental differences in the prospective organisation of goal-directed movement between children with autism and typically developing children : a smart tablet serious game study
Chua Yu Wei, Lu Szu-Ching, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzystof, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Rowe Philip, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Developmental Science (2021)

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Professional activities

British Orthopaedic Research Society (BORS) Annual Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
International Advisory Committee, Beihang University , Beijing China (External organisation)
Life curve workshop, New Zealand Ministry of Health Wellington
Keynote/plenary speaker
Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF (External organisation)
IMeche Engineering the Knee: Innovation at the interfaces for improved surgery and rehabilitation
Keynote/plenary speaker
Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion

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Development of the Centre for Co Creation of Rehabilitation Technology (CCRT)
Kerr, Andy (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
KTP 13318 - Visibility Scotland. Project will embed expertise in design and creation of portable clinical equipment.
Giardini, Mario Ettore (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2024
Gait Analysis within the Treck Trial
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 12-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Ligeti, Alexandra
Riches, Phil (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator) Ligeti, Alexandra (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2025
Evaluating the Lifecurve approach and app for rehabilitation and healthy living in later life (ICSF Healthy Ageing))
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
02-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2021
Truck 2 year follow-up and health economics | Kerr, Ruaridh
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator) Kerr, Andy (Co-investigator) Kerr, Ruaridh (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024

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