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Ewa Roos

Chair of Health Science
Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics


PhD Ewa Roos is Professor at Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy and Center for Muscle and Joint Health, Department of Sports and Clinical Biomechanics at SDU

She is also Honorary Professorial Fellow at Melbourne University, Australia since 2010 as well as Adjunct Professor at LaTrobe University since 2015.

One of the principal outcomes of 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 healthcare practice and municipalities. Since 2013, thousands of clinicians nationwide have been trained and delivered GLA:D® care to up to 10.000 patients every year. The GLA:D® project now serves as a template for establishing similar initiatives in other countries including Canada, Australia, China, Switzerland, New Zealand and Austria, In 2018, GLAD® Back was launched in Denmark. In 2019, GLA:D® won the Value-Based Health Care (VBHC) Prize in competition with 175+ international applications from all medical fields.

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 Denmark. She has also been awarded the Queen Ingrid of Denmark’s prize for outstanding arthritis research by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, and the Danish Rheumatism Association (Gigtforeningen).

Professor Roos is the author of more than 250 publications and has published in high-impact journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the British Medical Journal and The Lancet. To make research findings known to patients, clinicians and other stakeholders she writes lay articles for The Conversation ( and is active on Twitter (@ewa_roos).

Professor Ewa Roos has a passion for advancing the frontiers of knowledge 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.

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Ewa Roos