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*).


Resistance exercise training at different loads in frail and healthy older adults : a randomised feasibility trial
Marshall-McKenna Rebecca, Campbell Evan, Ho Frederick, Banger Matthew, Ireland Jane, Rowe Philip, McAlpine Christine, McArthur Kate, Quinn Terence J, Gray Stuart R
Experimental Gerontology Vol 153 (2021)
Electromagnetic navigated versus conventional total knee arthroplasty—a five-year follow-up of a single-blind randomized control trial
Clark Andrew N, Hounat Adam, O'Donnell Sinead, May Pauline, Doonan James, Rowe Philip, Jones Bryn G, Blyth Mark JG
Journal of Arthroplasty (2021)
Robotic-arm assisted versus conventional medial unicompartmental knee arthroplasty : five-year clinical outcomes of a randomized controlled trial
Banger Matthew, Doonan James, Rowe Philip, Jones Bryn, MacLean Angus, Blyth Mark J B
The Bone and Joint Journal Vol 103-B, pp. 1088-1095 (2021)
Early outcomes in robotic arm-assisted bi-unicompartmental knee arthroplasty compared to total knee arthroplasty : a prospective, randomised controlled trial
Blyth Mark J G, Banger Matthew S, Doonan James, Jones Bryn G, MacLean Angus D, Rowe Philip J
The Bone and Joint Journal (2021)
Investigating the relationships between three important functional tasks early after stroke : movement characteristics of sit-to-stand, sit-to-walk and walking
Chandler Elizabeth Ann, Stone Thomas, Pomeroy Valerie Moyra, Clark Allan Brian, Kerr Andrew, Rowe Phillip, Ugbolue Ukadike Chris, Smith Jessica, Hancock Nicola Joanne
Frontiers in Neurology Vol 12 (2021)
A prospective perception-action strategy in children with autism during smart-tablet gameplay
Lu Szu-Ching, Lee David, Anzulewicz Anna, Sobota Krzysztof, Rowe Philip, Tachtatzis Christos, Andonovic Ivan, Delafield-Butt Jonathan
International Society for Autism Research Virtual Annual Meeting 2021, pp. 1 (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

More professional activities


Gait Analysis within the Treck Trial
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
13-Jan-2021 - 12-Jan-2024
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
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
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-2023
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-2023

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