Ewa Roos

International Keynote, Sports & Exercise

Professor and Researcher, University of Southern Denmark

    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.

    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 1100 clinicians nationwide have been trained in delivering GLA:D® care to 40,000+ 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. The GLA:D® project now serves as a template for establishing similar initiatives in other countries including Canada (2015), Australia (2016) China (2017) and Switzerland (2019).

    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’.

    Professor Roos is the author of 225 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 13336 times and her h-index is 57 (Web of Science, January 2019).