Dr Melanie Turner

Dr Melanie Turner
Dr Melanie Turner

Dr Melanie Turner

Research Fellow



University of Aberdeen,

Room 1:023, 1st Floor

Polwarth Building, Foresterhill,


AB25 2ZD


I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences (Physiology) and then a PhD in Biomedical Sciences (Physiology), both from the University of Aberdeen. Thereafter I moved to the Department of General Practice at University of Dundee where I was awarded a Chief Scientist Office (CSO) Training Fellowship in Health Services Research which allowed me to gain a MSc in Applied Statistics.

I came back to the University of Aberdeen in Aug 2011 to work as a part-time Research Fellow on a Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) (https://www.chss.org.uk/) grant. This research involved using a linked dataset of the Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) (http://www.strokeaudit.scot.nhs.uk/about.htm) with hospital episode statistics and mortality. This work has lead to further and ongoing research funded by CHSS utilising the SSCA dataset.

In addition I have recently been involved (Nov 2014-Oct 2016) with a Cancer Research UK grant investigating the influence of access to health services in the cancer diagnostic pathway and subsequent outcomes.

In March 2016 I was awarded a postdoctoral research fellowship from The Stroke Association (https://www.stroke.org.uk/). My fellowship (November 2016- October 2019) will investigate the effects of co-morbidities on stroke management and outcomes.  


Current Research

How do co-existing health conditions affect stroke? An electronic data linkage study to investigate the relationship between comorbidity and stroke management and outcomes.

Secondary prevention after stroke: can we do better? A novel national linkage of stroke registry and dispensing data.

Does access to health services influence the diagnostic pathway and outcomes from cancer: analysis of a linked dataset.

Setting Scottish stroke services in an international context - comparisons between the Scottish Stroke Care Audit (SSCA) and INTERSTROKE dataset.


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