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*).


The past and future of clinical biomechanics : time to deliver on the legacy of pioneers such as Professor John P. Paul (1927–2013)
Rowe P J
Medical Engineering and Physics Vol 72, pp. 66-69 (2019)
Community cycling exercise for stroke survivors is feasible and acceptable
Kerr Andy, Cummings Joanne, Barber Mark, McKeown Marie, Rowe Philip, Mead Gillian, Doucet Amy, Berlouis Katherine, Grealy Madeleine
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation Vol 26, pp. 485-490 (2019)
Treadmill training augmented with real-time visualisation feedback and function electrical stimulation for gait rehabilitation after stroke : a feasibility study
Phongamwong Chanwit, Rowe Philip, Chase Karen, Kerr Andrew, Millar Lindsay
BMC Biomedical Engineering Vol 1 (2019)
Phase 3 diagnostic evaluation of a smart tablet serious game to identify autism in 760 children 3-5 years old in Sweden and the United Kingdom
Millar Lindsay, McConnachie Alex, Minnis Helen, Wilson Philip, Thompson Lucy, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzysztof, Rowe Philip, Gillberg Christopher, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
BMJ Open Vol 9 (2019)
Automation enhancement and accuracy investigation of a portable single-camera gait analysis system
Yang C, Ugbolue U C, McNicol D, Stankovic V, Stankovic L, Kerr A, Carse B, Kaliarntas K, Rowe P J
IET Science, Measurement and Technology Vol 13, pp. 563-571 (2019)
5 year results of a randomised trial of robotic arm assisted vs manual unicompartmental knee arthoplasty
Banger Matthew, Blyth Mark, Jones Bryn, Maclean Angus, Rowe Philip
The 20th EFORT Congress, pp. 2416 (2019)

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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
IMeche Engineering the Knee: Innovation at the interfaces for improved surgery and rehabilitation
Keynote/plenary speaker
Faculty Robotics and Automation Users Group Discussion
RehabWeek 2017
Keynote/plenary speaker

more professional activities


Truck 2 year follow-up and health economics
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2022
support cost for susan kelso PhD
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
14-Jan-2019 - 07-Jan-2021
Vicon TMA study
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
03-Jan-2018 - 02-Jan-2019
falls project
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Predictive Power of iPad Gameplay
Delafield-Butt, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2019
Additional Clinical trials manger costs for truck trial
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
14-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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