Professor Stephen Turner

Professor Stephen Turner

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Professor Stephen Turner
Professor Stephen Turner

Contact Details

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Research Interests

  1. Early origins of childhood asthma.
  2. The role of gene-environment interactions in asthma heterogeneity 3. Using non-invasive markers to monitor recurrent wheezing conditions in childhood. 
Further Info

Other Responsibilities

In addition to my research commitments I have three main responsibilities:

1. General paediatrics: I participate in the 1-in-10 consultant on call rota, have general paediatric clinics and take part in the consultant of the week rota.
2. Respiratory paediatrics: I have a weekly respiratory clinic and work as part of a team providing secondary and tertiary respiratory paediatric service (including bronchoscopy) across the North and East of Scotland. I am involved in the British Thoracic Society/Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network asthma guidelines.
3. Teaching and training: I administer the fourth year medical student Child Health block and also teach regularly. I have been the College Principle Regional Examiner since 2004 and also host the clinical exam each February.?


  • MBBS Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1992
  • MRCP ( UK ) 1995
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Medical Education ( Newcastle-upon-Tyne ) 1997
  • CCST in general paediatrics (subspecialty interest in respiratory paediatrics) 2002
  • MD ( Newcastle-upon-Tyne ) 2003
  • FRCPCH 2003

Professional Memberships

  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • British Paediatric Respiratory Society
  • British Thoracic Society
  • European Respiratory Society
  • Scottish Paediatric Society

Previous Postings

  • 1992-1995 Junior and Senior House Officer appointments, North East England
  • 1995-1996 Paediatric Registrar, Hastings , New Zealand
  • 1997-1999 Specialist Registrar appointments, North East England
  • 1999-2001 Respiratory Fellow, Perth , Australia
  • 2002-2003 Specialist Registrar appointments, North East England


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Contributions to Journals


  • Al-Mahtot, M., Barwise-Munro, R., Wilson, P. & Turner, SW. (in press). 'Changing characteristics of hospital admissions but not the children admitted - a whole population study between 2000-2013'. European Journal of Pediatrics.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s00431-017-3064-z
  • Taminskiene, V., Vaitkaitiene, E., Valiulis, A., Turner, S., Hadjipanayis, A., Stukas, R. & Valiulis, A. 'The self-reported quality of life of Lithuanian children with asthma was comparable to Western populations'. Acta Paediatrica.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/apa.14140
  • Turner, S., Miller, D., Walsh, GM., Scaife, A., Power, UF., Shields, MD. & Devereux, G. 'Pro-inflammatory mediator responses from neonatal airway epithelial cells and early childhood wheeze'. Pediatric Pulmonology.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ppul.23915
  • Turner, S., Fielding, S. & Devereux, G. (in press). 'First trimester fetal size and prescribed asthma medication at fifteen years of age'. European Respiratory Journal.
  • Clemens, T., Turner, S. & Dibben, C. (2017). 'Maternal exposure to ambient air pollution and fetal growth in North-East Scotland: A population-based study using routine ultrasound scans'. Environment International, vol 107, pp. 216-226.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.07.018
    [Online] AURA: Maternal_exposure_to_ambient_air_pollution_and_fetal_growth_...
  • Aucott, L., Bhattacharya, S., McNeill, G. & Turner, S. (2017). 'Differences in Body Mass Index between Siblings Who Are Discordant for Exposure to Antenatal Maternal Smoking'. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, vol 31, no. 5, pp. 402-408.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/ppe.12386
  • Ahmadizar, F., Vijverberg, SJH., Arets, HGM., de Boer, A., Devereux, GS., Turner, S., Arabkhazaeli, A., Soares, P., Mukhopadhyay, S., Garssen, J., Palmer, CNA., de Jongste, JC., Jaddoe, VWV., Duijts, L., van Meel, ER., Kraneveld, AD. & Maitland-van der Zee, AH. (2017). 'Early life antibiotic use and the risk of asthma and asthma exacerbations in children'. Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, vol 28, no. 5, pp. 430-437.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/pai.12725
  • Murray, CS., Thomas, M., Richardson, K., Price, DB. & Turner, SW. (2017). 'Comparative Effectiveness of Step-up Therapies in Children with Asthma Prescribed Inhaled Corticosteroids: A Historical Cohort Study'. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, vol 5, no. 4, pp. 1082-1090.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jaip.2016.12.028
  • Dobson, R., O'Donnell, R., De Bruin, M., Turner, S. & Semple, S. (2017). 'Using air quality monitoring to reduce second-hand smoke exposure in homes: the AFRESH feasibility study'. Tobacco Prevention & Cessation, vol 3, 117, pp. 1-5.
    [Online] DOI: 10.18332/tpc/74645
    [Online] AURA: Using_air_quality.pdf
  • Barnish, MS. & Turner, S. (2017). 'The value of pragmatic and observational studies in health care and public health'. Pragmatic and Observational Research, vol 8, pp. 49-55.
    [Online] DOI: 10.2147/POR.S137701
    [Online] AURA: The_value_of_pragmatic_and_observational_studies_in_health_c...
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