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Prof 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*).


Adoption of stroke rehabilitation technologies by the user community
Kerr Andrew, Rowe P J
UK Stroke Forum 2017, (2017)
Robotic-arm assisted versus conventional unicompartmental knee arthroplasty : exploratory secondary analysis of a Randomised Controlled Trial
Blyth M. J. G., Anthony I., Rowe P., Banger M. S., McLean A., Jones B.
Bone and Joint Research Vol 6, pp. 631-639, (2017)
Gait variability and motor control in patients with knee osteoarthritis as measured by the uncontrolled manifold technique
Tawy Gwenllian Fflur, Rowe Philip, Biant Leela
Gait and Posture, (2017)
A novel approach of intra-operative shape acquisition of the tibio-femoral joints using 3D laser scanning for computer assisted orthopaedic surgery
Joshi Shailesh V., Rowe Philip J.
International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer Assisted Surgery, (2017)
Sit to stand activity during stroke rehabilitation
Kerr Andrew, Dawson Jesse, Robertson Chris, Rowe Philip, Quinn Terry
Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, (2017)
Accurate 3D reconstruction of bony surfaces using ultrasonic synthetic aperture techniques for robotic knee arthroplasty
Kerr William, Rowe Philip, Pierce Stephen Gareth
Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics Vol 58, pp. 23-32, (2017)

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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 Salford University
External Examiner
PhD external examiner at Cardiff University
External Examiner
CESAER Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research
Keynote/plenary speaker

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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)
Period 01-Sep-2013 - 01-Aug-2019
An EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre for Medical Devices | KANELLOS, Yiorgos
Black, Richard (Principal Investigator) Rowe, Philip (Co-investigator) KANELLOS, Yiorgos (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2011 - 01-Oct-2015
An EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre for Medical Devices | Adewumi, Abibat Abimbola
Rowe, Philip (Principal Investigator) Katebi, M (Co-investigator) Adewumi, Abibat Abimbola (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2009 - 27-Jan-2016

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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