Ewa Roos, PT, PhD

University of Southern Denmark

Professor Roos has a passion for advancing the frontiers of knowledge in muscle and joint health to improve the quality of life of those with musculoskeletal disease and to improve health care delivery for these conditions. Her focus is on patient involvement, non-surgical and surgical treatments and clinical care pathways.

Professor Roos is an internationally leading researcher and change agent in the field of musculoskeletal health. She has been able to both produce high-impact clinical research and translate that research into clinical tools that are easily and effectively implemented in hospitals, primary care clinics and even community settings in municipalities. She has also served as an expert on clinical guideline committees for osteoarthritis (Sweden and Norway 2003, Sweden 2012, 2017--, Osteoarthritis Research Society International 2014, China 2017), knee osteoarthritis (Denmark 2012) and meniscus pathology (Denmark 2015), thereby impacting the delivery of clinical care worldwide.

Professor Roos is the author of 275+ peer-reviewed publications. She has published in high impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. Her work has been cited in total 28.618 times and her h-index is 71 (Web of Science, February 2022). She has supervised 27 PhD theses to completion with her students having professional backgrounds in medicine, physiotherapy, sports, and nursing. Six of her PhD students are now full professors and four of them have received awards and/or prestigious post-doctoral funding from the Swedish and Danish Medical Research Councils, and ERC Starting and Consolidator grants.

One of the principal outcomes from her research has been the development of the Good Life with osteoArthritis in Denmark (GLA:D®) project for people with knee and hip pain. The GLA:D® project is an outstanding example of how to successfully implement evidence-based clinical guidelines in primary health care practice and municipalities. Its underlying principles focus on patient education, patient empowerment, exercises and self-management. Since 2013, more than 1500 clinicians nationwide have been trained in delivering GLA:D® care to 50,000+ patients, who report remarkable improvements in health in terms of less pain, less disability, consumption of less pain medication, increase in physical activity, reduced sick leave and return to work (www.glaid.dk). The GLA:D® project now serves as a template for establishing similar initiatives in other countries including Canada (2015), Australia (2016) China (2017), Switzerland (2019), New Zealand (2019), Austria (2020), Ireland (2021), Germany (2021). In 2019, GLA:D® won the international Value-Based Health Care Prize.

In 2014, her contribution to public health was recognised when she won the OARSI (Osteoarthritis Research Society International) Clinical Research Award for her “outstanding work in exercise as prevention and treatment of joint pain, joint injury and osteoarthritis”. This is the first time this highly competitive award was given to someone other than a medical doctor and to a Danish researcher. In addition, in 2014, she was awarded the Queen Ingrid of Denmark’s prize for outstanding arthritis research by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and the Danish Rheumatism Association.

A grand total corresponding to the equivalence of 12 611 380 Euro been obtained by Ewa Roos as main or co-applicant from funders in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Ireland, the EU, Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.