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*).

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Annual report 2023 : Sir Jules Thorn Co-Creation Centre in Rehabilitation Technology
Kerr Andy, Slachetka Milena, Keogh Maisie, Sweeney Gillian, Rowe Philip
Moving in autism : toward improved autistic wellbeing through motion analysis
Lu Szu-Ching, Rowe Philip, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
Scottish Autism Research Group (SARG) Conference 2023: Autistic Wellbeing (2023)
An intensive exercise program using a technology-enriched rehabilitation gym for the recovery of function in people with chronic stroke : usability study
Kerr Andy, Keogh Maisie, Slachetka Milena, Grealy Madeleine, Rowe Philip
JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Vol 10 (2023)
Kinematic and force control features in autistic adults during curvilinear movements
Lu Szu-Ching, Rowe Philip, Pollick Frank, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2023 Annual Meeting (2023)
Artificial intelligence identification of autism using a smart tablet serious game for preschool children : results from a phase 3 diagnostic trial of 779 children in Sweden and the United Kingdom
Delafield-Butt Jonathan, Lu Szu-Ching, Sobota Krzystof, Young Robin, Thompson Lucy, Thorsson Max, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Rowe Philip, Wilson Phil, Minnis Helen, McConnachie Alex, Gillberg Christopher
International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) 2023 Annual Meeting (2023)
Computer-assisted robotic system for autonomous unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
Shalash Omar, Rowe Philip
Alexandria Engineering Journal Vol 70, pp. 441-451 (2023)

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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

More professional activities


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
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
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
The brainstem in autism: A pilot 7T MRI neuroimaging study (SINAPSE)
Delafield-Butt, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022

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Professor Philip Rowe
Professor Of Rehabilitation Science
Biomedical Engineering

Tel: 548 3032