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


Kaur, D, Mehta, R, Jarrett, H, Jowett, S, Gale, N & Turner, A 2023, 'A phase III, 2 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, pp. 1. <http://bmjopen.bmj.com/>

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

Pang, H, Pan, Z, Adams, R, Duncan, E, Chi, C, Kong, X, Adab, P, Dickens, A, Gale, N, Cheng, KK, Cooper, B, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Enocson, A, Farley, A, Jolly, K, Jowett, S, Maglakelidze, M, Maglakelidze , T, Martins , S, Sitch, A, Stavrikj, K, Stelmach , R, Turner, A, Williams, S & Jordan, R 2022, 'Exploring the need for, and design of, a community lung health service for COPD patients in China: a mixed method study. Findings from the Breathe Well group', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine. <http://www.nature.com/npjpcrm/>

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

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

Smith, D, Gill, A, Hall, L & Turner, A 2022, 'Prevalence, pattern, risks factors and consequences of antibiotic resistance in COPD: a systematic review', COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, vol. 18, no. 6, pp. 672-682. https://doi.org/10.1080/15412555.2021.2000957

Abdel-Aal, A, Lisspers, K, Williams, S, Adab, P, Adams, R, Agarwal, D, Barnard, A, Bouloukak, I, van Boven, JFM, Chavannes, N, Dickens, A, van Gemert, F, Escarrer, M, Haroon, S, Kayongo, A, Kirenga, B, Kocks, JWH, Kotz, D, Newby, C, McNulty, CAM, Metting, E, Moral, L, Papadakis, S, Pinnock, H, Price, D, Ryan, D, Singh, SJ, Correia-de-Sousa, J, Ställberg, B, Szefler, SJ, Taylor, SJC, Tsiligianni, I, Turner, A, Weller, D, Yusuf, O, Tabyshova, AK & Jordan, R 2022, 'Prioritising primary care respiratory research needs: results from the 2020 International Primary Care Respiratory Group (IPCRG) global e-Delphi exercise', NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, vol. 32, no. 1, 6. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41533-021-00266-4

Huntley, C, Patel, K, Bushra, S-E-SB, Mobeen, F, Armitage, MN, Pye, A, Knight, CB, Mostafa, A, Kershaw, M, Mughal, AZ, McKemey, E, Turner, A, Burge, PS & Walters, G 2022, 'Pulmonary function test and CT features during follow-up after SARS, MERS and COVID-19: a systematic review and meta-analysis', ERJ Open Research, vol. 8, no. 2, 00056-2022. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00056-2022

Kanabar, S, Tiwari , A, Soran, V, Balendran, P, Price, M & Turner, A 2022, 'The impact of PD1 and PDL1 immunotherapy on non-small cell lung cancer outcomes: a systematic review', Thorax. https://doi.org/10.1136/thoraxjnl-2020-215614

Litchfield, I, Kingston, B, Narga, D & Turner, A 2022, 'The move towards integrated care: Lessons learnt from managing patients with multiple morbidities in the UK', Health Policy, vol. 126, no. 8, pp. 777-785. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2022.05.010

Faqihi, BM, Trethewey, S, Morlet, J, Parekh, D & Turner, A 2021, 'Bilevel positive airway pressure ventilation for non-COPD acute hypercapnic respiratory failure patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Annals of Thoracic Medicine, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 306-322. https://doi.org/10.4103/atm.atm_683_20

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

Maung, T, Bishop, J, Holt, E, Turner, A & Pfrang, C 2022, 'Indoor air pollution and the health of vulnerable groups: a systematic review focused on particulate matter (PM), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their effects on children and people with pre-existing lung disease', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 19, no. 14, 8752. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19148752

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