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


  • 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
  • Clemens, T., Turner, S. & Dibben, C. '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_...
  • 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...
  • Barnish, MS., Tagiyeva, N., Devereux, G., Aucott, L. & Turner, S. (2017). 'Changes in the relationship between asthma and associated risk factors over fifty years'. Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, vol 28, no. 2, pp. 162-169.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/pai.12674
  • Grigg, J., Whitehouse, A., Pandya, H., Turner, S., Griffiths, CJ., Vulliamy, T., Walton, RT., Price, DB., Sanak, M., Holloway, JW., Noimark, L., Lesosky, M., Brugha, R., Koh, L. & Nwokoro, C. (2017). 'Urinary prostanoids in preschool wheeze'. European Respiratory Journal, vol 49, no. 2, 1601390.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01390-2016
  • Turner, S., Richardson, K., Murray, C., Thomas, M., Hillyer, EV., Burden, A. & Price, DB. (2017). 'Long-Acting β-Agonist in Combination or Separate Inhaler as Step-Up Therapy for Children with Uncontrolled Asthma Receiving Inhaled Corticosteroids'. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 99-106.e3.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/j.jaip.2016.06.009
    [Online] AURA: INPRACTICE_D_15_00416R3.pdf
  • Morgan, H., Treasure, E., Tabib, M., Johnston, M., Dunkley, C., Ritchie, D., Semple, S. & Turner, SW. (2016). 'An interview study of pregnant women who were provided with indoor air quality measurements of second hand smoke to help them quit smoking'. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol 16, 305.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1186/s12884-016-1062-1
    [Online] AURA: art_3A10.1186_2Fs12884_016_1062_1.pdf
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