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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*).


Being misunderstood in autism : the role of motor disruption in expressive communication, implications for satisfying social relations
Delafield-Butt Jonathan, Trevarthen Colwyn, Rowe Philip, Gillberg Christopher
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, (2018)
5-year gait analysis as a secondary outcome of a fixed bearing robotic assisted versus mobile bearing manual UKA RCT
Banger Matthew, Rowe Philip, Millar Lindsay, Blyth Mark, Maclean Angus, Jones Bryn, Donnelly Iona
EPiC Series in Health Sciences Vol 2, pp. 1-5, (2018)
Gait stability in response to platform, belt and sensory perturbations in young and older adults
Roeles S., Rowe P.J., Bruijn S.M., Childs C.R., Tarfali G.D., Steenbrink F., Pijnappels M.
Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, (2018)
A comparison of gait one year post operation in an RCT of robotic UKA versus traditional Oxford UKA
Motesharei Arman, Rowe Philip, Blyth Mark, Jones Bryn, Maclean Angus
Gait and Posture Vol 62, pp. 41-45, (2018)
On the development of a new flexible drill for orthopedic surgery and the forces experienced on drilling bovine bone
Ahmad Fuad Ahmad Nazmi Bin, Deep Kamal, Yao Wei, Rowe Philip
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, (2018)
Robotic-arm-assisted vs conventional unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. The 2-year clinical outcomes of a randomized controlled trial
Gilmour Alisdair, MacLean Angus D., Rowe Philip J., Banger Matthew S., Donnelly Iona, Jones Bryn G., Blyth Mark J. G.
Journal of Arthroplasty, (2018)

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Professional activities

External examiner for PhD School of Healthcare Sciences, Cardiff University
External Examiner
Research discussions
2nd Workshop meeting on research collaboration
PhD external examiner at Cardiff University
External Examiner
PhD external examiner Salford University
External Examiner
Keynote/plenary speaker

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Vicon TMA study
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
Period 03-Apr-2018 - 02-Apr-2019
falls project
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Chase, Karen
Kerr, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator) Chase, Karen (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Oct-2019
Additional Clinical trials manger costs for truck trial
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator)
Period 14-Dec-2016 - 30-Apr-2019
Technological platform for AHPs for AHP directorate SE | Gerards, Tom
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator) Kerr, Andrew (Co-investigator) Gerards, Tom (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2013 - 01-Oct-2016
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Health Technologies | Skivington, James
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator) Kerr, Andrew (Co-investigator) Skivington, James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2013 - 20-Feb-2018

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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