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


  • Belgrave, DCM., Granell, R., Turner, SW., Curtin, JA., Buchan, IE., le Souëf, PN., Henderson, AJ. & Custovic, A. (2018). 'Lung function trajectories from pre-school age to adulthood and their associations with early life factors: a retrospective analysis of three population-based birth cohort studies'. The Lancet. Respiratory medicine, vol 6, no. 7, pp. 526-534.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1016/S2213-2600(18)30099-7
  • Turner, S., Francis, B., Wani, N., Vijverberg, S., Pino-Yanes, M., Mukhopadhyay, S., Tavendale, R., Palmer, C., Burchard, EG., Merid, SK., Melén, E., Maitland-van der Zee, AH. & Pharmacogenomics in Childhood Asthma Consortium (2018). 'Variants in genes coding for Glutathione S-Transferases and asthma outcomes in children'. Pharmacogenomics, vol 19, no. 8, pp. 707-713.
    [Online] DOI: 10.2217/pgs-2018-0027
  • Owens, L., Laing, IA., Zhang, G., Turner, S. & Le Souëf, PN. 'Airway function in infancy is linked to airflow measurements and respiratory symptoms from childhood into adulthood'. Pediatric Pulmonology.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ppul.24062
  • Barwise-Munro, R., Al-Mahtot, M. & Turner, S. (2018). 'Mortality and other outcomes after paediatric hospital admission on the weekend compared to weekday'. PLoS ONE, vol 13, no. 5, e0197494.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0197494
    [Online] AURA: Mortality_and_other_outcomes_after_paediatric_hospital_admis...
  • Turner, S., Custovic, A., Ghazal, P., Grigg, J., Gore, M., Henderson, J., Lloyd, CM., Marsland, B., Power, UF., Roberts, G., Saglani, S., Schwarze, J., Shields, M. & Bush, A. (in press). 'Pulmonary epithelial barrier and immunological functions at birth and in early life - key determinants of the development of asthma?: A description of the protocol for the Breathing Together study'. Wellcome open research.
  • An, S., Warris, A. & Turner, S. 'Microbiome characteristics of induced sputum compared to bronchial fluid and upper airway samples'. Pediatric Pulmonology, vol 53, no. 7, pp. 921-928.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ppul.24037
  • Al-Mahtot, M., Barwise-Munro, R., Wilson, P. & Turner, S. (2018). 'Changing characteristics of hospital admissions but not the children admitted—a whole population study between 2000 and 2013'. European Journal of Pediatrics, vol 177, no. 3, pp. 381-388.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1007/s00431-017-3064-z
    [Online] AURA: Changing_characteristics_of_hospital_admissions_but_not_the_...
  • Turner, S., Miller, D., Walsh, GM., Scaife, A., Power, UF., Shields, MD. & Devereux, G. (2018). 'Pro-inflammatory mediator responses from neonatal airway epithelial cells and early childhood wheeze'. Pediatric Pulmonology, vol 53, no. 1, pp. 10-16.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1002/ppul.23915
  • Turner, S., Fielding, S. & Devereux, G. (2018). 'First trimester fetal size and prescribed asthma medication at 15 years of age'. European Respiratory Journal, vol 51, no. 2, 1701509.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1183/13993003.01509-2017
  • 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, vol 107, no. 2, pp. 333-338.
    [Online] DOI: 10.1111/apa.14140
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