Dr Alice M Turner MBChB (Hons), MRCP, PGCE (MedEd), PhD

Dr Alice Turner

Institute of Applied Health Research
Professor of Respiratory Medicine
Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician
Institute Director of Research Knowledge and Transfer

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alice’s research interests are predominantly in clinical aspects of alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), fields in which she has published widely. Optimising monitoring and therapy for AATD is a major focus for her group. They are also studying aspects of care delivery for COPD, particularly those that span from secondary into primary care and including clinical trials that optimise self-management of COPD.


  • FRCP 2020
  • PGDip Leadership & quality improvement 2019
  • PhD in Respiratory Medicine 2010
  • PGC in Medical Education 2007
  • MRCP 2004
  • MBChB (Hons) 2001


Postgraduate supervision

Alice Turner’s research interests are predominantly in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, fields in which she has published widely. She lectures to both Medical and Dental Students at the University and is involved in clinical teaching and examining in several local hospitals.

The following is a list of recent or current postgraduate degree supervision. Enquiries from self-funded potential students or those wishing to pursue a Fellowship in Dr Turner's current areas of research interest are welcome by email.

PhD - Cell specific genomics exploring shared pathogenesis between COPD and lung cancer (year 2)
PhD - The role of hypoxia in vascular co-morbidity in chronic inflammatory disease (write up)

Other activities

Academic/clinical committees

•           International

o          ERS AATD task force (2015-)

o          EARCO European AATD registry steering group (2018-)

o          Clinical Biomarker Qualification consortium, imaging subgroup (2018-)

•           National

o          BTS working party for care bundles (2013-14) 

o          BTS Specialist Advisory Group (SAG) on COPD (2015-18)

o          West Midlands Quality Review Service COPD steering group (2016-)

o          NICE health technology appraisal committee (2018-21)

o          NIHR HTA prioritization committee (2019-)

o          BTS quality improvement committee (2019-22)


Recent publications


Ellis, P, Parekh, G, Duvoix, A, Watson, L, Sharp, A, Mobeen, F, Pye, A, Stockley, R & Turner, A 2024, 'Characteristics of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency related lung disease exacerbations using a daily symptom diary and urinary biomarkers', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 2, e0297125. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0297125

Patel, K, Pye, A, Edgar, R, Beadle, H, Ellis, P, Sitch, A, Dickens, A & Turner, A 2024, 'Cluster randomised controlled trial of specialist led integrated COPD care (INTEGR COPD)', Thorax. https://doi.org/10.1136/thorax-2023-220435

Fernandes, G, Williams, S, Adab, P, Gale, N, de Jong, C, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Cooper, BG, Dickens, AP, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maghlakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stamenova, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach, R, Turner, A, Pan, Z, Pang, H, Zhang, J & Jordan, RE 2024, 'Engaging stakeholders to level up COPD care in LMICs: lessons learned from the "Breathe Well" programme in Brazil, China, Georgia, and North Macedonia', BMC Health Services Research, vol. 24, no. 1, 66. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-023-10525-4

Patel, K, Smith, DJ, Huntley, CC, Channa, S, Pye, A, Dickens, AP, Gale, N & Turner, A 2024, 'Exploring the causes of COPD misdiagnosis in primary care: A mixed methods study', PLOS One, vol. 19, no. 3, e0298432. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0298432

Waeijen-Smit, K, Crutsen, M, Keene, S, Miravitlles, M, Crisafulli, E, Torres, A, Mueller, C, Schuetz, P, Ringbaek, T, Fabbian, F, Mekov, E, Harries, TH, Lun, C-T, Ergan, B, Esteban, C, Galdakao, B, Lopez, JMQ, Lopez-Campos, JL, Chang, CL, Hancox, RJ, Shafuddin, E, Ellis, H, Janson, C, Ulrik, CS, Gudmundsson, G, Epstein, D, Dominguez, J, Lacoma, A, Osadnik, C, Alia, I, Spannella, F, Karakurt, Z, Mehravaran, H, Utens, C, de Kruif, MD, Ko, FWS, Trethewey, SP, Turner, AM, Bumbacea, D, Murphy, PB, Vermeersch, K, Zilberman-Itskovich, S, Steer, J, Echevarria, C, Bourke, SC, Lane, N, de Batlle, J, Sprooten, RTM, Russell, R, Faverio, P, Cross, JL, Prins, HJ, Spruit, MA, Simons, SO, Houben-Wilke, S & Franssen, FME 2024, 'Global mortality and readmission rates following COPD exacerbation-related hospitalization: a meta-analysis of 65945 individual patients', ERJ Open Research, vol. 10, no. 1, 00838-2023. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00838-2023

Ellis, P, Bailey, E, Choate, R, Holm, KE, Sandhaus, RA, Turner, A & Newnham, M 2024, 'Prevalence of Cardiovascular Disease and Rate of Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Severe Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency COPD', International Journal of COPD, vol. 2024, no. 19, pp. 149-159. https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S419846

Lasserson, D, Gaddu, P, Mehta, S, Ignatowicz, A, Greenfield, S, Prince, C, Cummins, C, Robinson, G, Rodrigues, J, Noble, S, Jowett, S, Toshner, M, Newnham, M & Turner, A 2024, 'Stopping anticoagulation for isolated or incidental pulmonary embolism: the STOPAPE RCT protocol', NIHR Journals Library.

Fromme, M, Hamesch, K, Schneider, CV, Mandorfer, M, Pons, M, Thorhauge, K, Pereira, V, Sperl, J, Frankova, S, Reichert, MC, Benini, F, Burbaum, B, Kleinjans, M, Amzou, S, Rademacher, L, Bewersdorf, L, Verbeek, J, Nevens, F, Genesca, J, Miravitlles, M, Nuñez, A, Schaefer, B, Zoller, H, Janciauskiene, S, Waern, J, Oliveira, A, Maia, L, Simões, C, Mahadeva, R, Fraughen, DD, Trauner, M, Krag, A, Lammert, F, Bals, R, Gaisa, NT, Aigner, E, Griffiths, WJ, Denk, H, Teumer, A, McElvaney, NG, Turner, A, Trautwein, C & Strnad, P 2023, 'Alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) augmentation and the liver phenotype of adults with AAT deficiency (genotype Pi*ZZ)', Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cgh.2023.08.038

Crapo, JD, Gupta, A, Lynch, DA, Turner, AM, Mroz, RM, Janssens, W, Ludwig-Sengpiel, A, Koegler, H, Eleftheraki, A, Risse, F & Diefenbach, C 2023, 'Baseline characteristics from a 3-year longitudinal study to phenotype subjects with COPD: the FOOTPRINTS study', Respiratory research, vol. 24, no. 1, 290. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12931-023-02584-2

Newnham, M, Quinn, M & Turner, A 2023, 'Estimating the prevalence of AATD patients in the UK to identify underdiagnosis and determine the eligibility for potential augmentation therapy', International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vol. 18, pp. 1197-1205. https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S395663

Moitra, S, Adan, A, Akgun, M, Anderson, A, Brickstock, A, Eathorne, A, Tabrizi, AF, Haldar, P, Henderson, L, Jindal, A, Jindal, SK, Kerget, B, Khadour, F, Melenka, L, Moitra, S, Moitra, T, Mukherjee, R, Semprini, A, Turner, AM, Murgia, N, Ferrara, G & Lacy, P 2023, 'Less social deprivation is associated with better health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in asthma and is mediated by less anxiety and better sleep quality', Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaip.2023.03.052

Krishnan, A, Ellis, P, Antoine-Pitterson, P, Oakes, A, Jones, B, Turner, A & Mukherjee, R 2023, 'Long-Term Mortality following Acute Noninvasive Ventilation for Obesity-Related Respiratory Failure: A Retrospective Single-Centre Study', Canadian respiratory journal, vol. 2023, 5370197. https://doi.org/10.1155/2023/5370197

Kaur, D, Mehta, RL, Jarrett, H, Jowett, S, Gale, N, Turner, A, Spiteri, M & Patel, N 2023, 'Phase III, two arm, multi-centre, open label, parallel-group randomised designed clinical investigation of the use of a personalised early warning decision support system to predict and prevent acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: ‘Predict & Prevent AECOPD’ – study protocol', BMJ open, vol. 13, no. 3, e061050. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2022-061050

Spittle, D, Mansfield, A, Pye, A, Turner, A & Newnham, M 2023, 'Predicting Lung Function Using Biomarkers in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency', Biomedicines, vol. 11, no. 7, 11072001. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines11072001

Review article

Huntley, CC, Patel, K, Mughal, AZ, Coelho, S, Burge, PS, Turner, AM & Walters, GI 2023, 'Airborne occupational exposures associated with pulmonary sarcoidosis: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Occupational and Environmental Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1136/oemed-2022-108632

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