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Dr Matthew Farrow

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 232166


Dr Farrow is an academic experienced in musculoskeletal research and lecturing, following the completion of a PhD in Medicine at the University of Leeds where he conducted research into the use of quantitative MRI in patients with rheumatic disease.

Dr Farrow is a Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA) and has taught within the UK, America, and Asia. He has taught a range of students, including Clinical Sciences, Pharmacy, Medicine, and Physiotherapy. In particular, Dr Farrow has experience in teaching human physiology and anatomy through dissection. 

Throughout his academic career, Dr Farrow encourages student engagement and utilises innovative pedagogical approaches within his teaching from first-year students to supervising PhD candidates. 


- Musculoskeletal Science

- Human Physiology

- Anatomy Education


Teaching interests



Musculoskeletal science

Clinical sciences

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-19: Conrad Lewin Prize in Anatomy
  • 01-JAN-19: International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Educational stipend
  • 01-JAN-20: European Congress of Rheumatology Conference Bursary
  • 01-JAN-19: European Congress of Rheumatology Conference Bursary
  • 01-JAN-19: Experimental Biology Conference bursary
  • 01-JAN-19: American Association of Clinical Anatomists Abstract award
  • 01-JAN-20: International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Educational stipend
  • 01-JAN-21: Physiological Society travel bursary
  • 01-JAN-21: David Jordan Teaching Award
  • Programme & Module Management: Biology for Clinical Sciences
  • Programme & Module Management: Anatomy and Medical Imaging
  • Programme & Module Management: Advanced Topics


Peer Reviewed Journal
TitleRepeatability of quantitative MRI in patients with rheumatoid arthritis : Repeatability of DTI, FF, and T2 using manual ROI (2022)
AuthorsDominic Bertham, Ai Lyn Tan, Alison Booth, Lewis William Paton, Paul Emery, John Biglands, Matthew Farrow
JournalRadiography - Elsevier
TitleRepeatability of quantitative MRI in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. (2022)
AuthorsBertham DP;Tan AL;Booth A;Paton L;Emery P;Biglands J;Farrow M;
JournalRadiography - Elsevier
TitleQuantitative MRI in myositis patients: comparison with healthy volunteers and radiological visual assessment. (2021)
AuthorsFarrow M;Biglands JD;Grainger AJ;O'Connor P;Hensor EMA;Ladas A;Tanner SF;Emery P;Tan AL;
JournalClinical Radiology
TitleMuscle deterioration due to rheumatoid arthritis: assessment by quantitative MRI and strength testing. (2021)
AuthorsFarrow M;Biglands J;Tanner S;Hensor EMA;Buch MH;Emery P;Tan AL;
JournalRheumatology (Oxford, England)
TitleNovel Muscle Imaging in Inflammatory Rheumatic Diseases—A Focus on Ultrasound Shear Wave Elastography and Quantitative MRI (2020)
AuthorsFarrow M.;Biglands J.;Alfuraih A.M.;Wakefield R.J.;Tan A.L.
JournalFrontiers In Medicine
TitleCommentaries on Viewpoint: The interaction between SARS-CoV-2 and ACE2 may have consequences for skeletal muscle viral susceptibility and myopathies. (2020)
AuthorsTan AL;Farrow M;Biglands J;Fernandes RJ;Abraldes JA;de Souza Castro FA;de Souza HL;Arriel RA;Meireles A;Marocolo M;González-Rayas JM;Rayas-Gómez AL;Mobayed-Vega FN;González-Yáñez JM;Hirai DM;Belbis MD;Holmes MJ;Calvo N;Ferguson SK;Fernandes T;Oliveira EM;Pun M;Bhandari SS;
JournalJournal of Applied Physiology
TitleThe effect of ageing on skeletal muscle as assessed by quantitative MR imaging: an association with frailty and muscle strength (2020)
AuthorsFarrow M.;Biglands J.;Tanner S.F.;Clegg A.;Brown L.;Hensor E.M.A.;O’Connor P.;Emery P.;Tan A.L.
JournalAging - Clinical and Experimental Research
TitleNormal values and test-retest variability of stimulated-echo diffusion tensor imaging and fat fraction measurements in the muscle. (2019)
AuthorsFarrow M;Grainger AJ;Tan AL;Buch MH;Emery P;Ridgway JP;Feiweier T;Tanner SF;Biglands J;
JournalBritish Journal of Radiology
Other Journal
TitleStanding on a vibrating platform could deliver some of the same benefits as exercise (2022)
AuthorsMatthew Farrow, Hope Rose Edwards
PublisherThe Conversation
TitleDo very active people really have a higher risk of heart attack - as recent headlines suggest (2021)
AuthorsMatthew Farrow
PublisherThe Conversation
TitleExercise can help improve rheumatoid arthritis symptoms – here’s why that may be the case (2021)
AuthorsMatthew Farrow
PublisherThe Conversation