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


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

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

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

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

Ellis, PR, Holm, KE, Choate, R, Mannino, DM, Stockley, RA, Sandhaus, RA & Turner, AM 2023, 'Quality of Life and Mortality Outcomes for Augmentation Naïve and Augmented Patients with Severe Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency', Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 139-147. https://doi.org/10.15326/jcopdf.2022.0339

Gjorgjievski, D, Stavrikj, K, Jordan, R, Adab, P, Stanoevski, G, Stamenova, A, Krstevska, E, Simonovska, S, Trpcheski, F, Adams, R, Easter, C, Rai, K, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Cooper, B, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze , M, Maghlakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stelmach , R, Turner, A, Williams, S & Farley, A 2023, 'Randomised controlled trial testing effectiveness of feedback about lung age or exhaled CO combined with very brief advice for smoking cessation compared to very brief advice alone in North Macedonia. Findings from the Breathe Well group', BMC Public Health. <https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/>

Stockley, RA, Pye, A, De Soyza, J, Turner, AM & Miravitlles, M 2023, 'The prevalence of bronchiectasis in patients with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency: initial report of EARCO', Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, vol. 18, no. 1, 243. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13023-023-02830-2

Martins, SM, Dickens, A, Salibe-Filho , W, Albuquerque Neto , AA, Adab, P, Enocson, A, Cooper, BG, Sousa, LVA, Sitch, A, Jowett, S, Adams, R, Cheng, KK, Chi, C, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Maglakelidze, M, Maghlakelidze, T, Stavrikj, K, Turner, A, Williams, S, Jordan, R & Stelmach, R 2022, 'Accuracy and economic evaluation of different screening tests and their combinations for undiagnosed COPD among people with hypertension in Brazil', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 32, 55 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41533-022-00303-w

Litchfield, I, Turner, A, Ferreira Filho, JB, Lee, M & Weber, P 2022, 'Automated conflict resolution for patients with multiple morbidity being treated using more than one set of single condition clinical guidance: a case study', Computers in biology and medicine, vol. 144, 105381. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compbiomed.2022.105381

Pang, H, Pan, Z, Adams, R, Duncan, E, Chi, C, Kong, X, Adab, P, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maglakelidze, T, Martins, S, Sitch, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach, R, Turner, A, Williams, S & Jordan, R 2022, 'Community lung health service design for COPD patients in China by the Breathe Well group', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 32, no. 1, 27. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41533-022-00286-8

Maglakelidze , M, Kurua, I, Maglakelidze, N, Maglakelidze, T, Chkhaidze, I, Gogvadze, K, Chkhaidze, N, Beadle, H, Redden-Rowley, K, Adab, P, Adams, R, Chi, C, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Dickens, A, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Gale, N, Jowett, S, Martins, SM, Rai, K, Sitch, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach , R, Turner, A, Williams, S, Jordan, R & Jolly, K 2022, 'Feasibility of a pulmonary rehabilitation programme for patients with symptomatic chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Georgia: a single site, randomized controlled trial from the Breathe Well Group', BMJ open, vol. 12, no. 9, e056902. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-056902

Review article

Balbirsingh, V, Mohammed, AS, Turner, A & Newnham, M 2022, 'Cardiovascular disease in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a narrative review', Thorax, vol. 77, no. 9, pp. 939-945. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2021-218333

Dretzke, J, Wang, J, Yao, M, Guan, N, Ling, M, Zhang, E, Mukherjee, D, Hall, J, Jowett, S, Mukherjee, R, Moore, DJ & Turner, AM 2022, 'Home non-invasive ventilation in COPD: a global systematic review', Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 237-251. https://doi.org/10.15326/jcopdf.2021.0242

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