He was appointed Professor of Rehabilitation at Glasgow Caledonian University in 2006 and has served as the Director of the Institute for Applied Health Research, Associate Dean Research and Director of the Centre for Living. He is currently Assistant Vice Principal, Research Excellence and also holds an Honorary Visiting Professorship in Rehabilitation within NHS Lanarkshire.
Professor Woodburn has established interdisciplinary research teams involving allied health professions, medicine, biomedical engineering and health services research to undertake a portfolio of research funding that has attracted over £13.5M of external grant funding including the European Union, the Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK. He has collaborated widely with researchers from academia and industry across Europe and North America on flagship award-winning projects including A-FOOTPRINT and KNEEMO. He has published over 150 articles and given over 50 invited keynote conference presentations. He has held two prestigious Medical Research Council Fellowships ( Clinical Training and Clinician Scientist), was awarded the 2013 American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Roger Mann Award and the Arthritis Research Campaign Silver Medal for Research in 1997. In 2009, Professor Woodburn was awarded the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Droitwich Lecturer in recognition of his outstanding contribution to rheumatology and health professional working.