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*).


Advanced functional biomechanical analysis of medial rotation knee arthroplasty
Tawy Gwenllian Fflur, Rowe Philip, Biant Leela
Knee Vol 27, pp. 854-862 (2020)
The Scottish national LifeCurve™ survey : costs of functional decline, opportunities to achieve early intervention to support well-being in later life, and meaningfulness of the LifeCurve™
Kelso S, Mitchell S, Rowe P J, Gore P
Public Health Vol 180, pp. 129-135 (2020)
Biomechanical correlates for recovering walking speed following a stroke. The potential of tibia to vertical angle as a therapy target
Kerr Andy, Rowe Philip, Clarke Allan, Chandler Elizabeth, Smith Jess, Ugbolue Chris, Pomeroy Valerie
Gait and Posture Vol 76, pp. 162-167 (2020)
A comparison of the conventional PiG marker method versus a cluster-based model when recording gait kinematics in trans-tibial prosthesis users and the implications for future IMU gait analysis
Samalaya Manunchaya, Rowe Philip, Rattanakoch Jutima, Guerra Gary
Sensors Vol 20 (2020)
Identification of neuromuscular targets for restoration of walking ability after stroke : precursor to precision rehabilitation
Hancock Nicola J, Shepstone Lee, Rowe Philip, Pomeroy Valerie M
Physiotherapy Research International (2019)
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)

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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


Truck 2 year follow-up and health economics | Keogh, Maisie
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator) Kerr, Andy (Co-investigator) Keogh, Maisie (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Keogh, Maisie
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator) Kerr, Andy (Co-investigator) Keogh, Maisie (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
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 - 31-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

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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