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

Dr Alice Turner

Institute of Applied Health Research
Reader in Respiratory Medicine
Honorary Consultant Respiratory Physician

Contact details

Institute of Applied Health Research
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alice Turner (nee Wood) is a Reader and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine.

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, though they are also studying aspects of care delivery for COPD, particularly those that span from secondary into primary care.


  • PhD in Respiratory Medicine 2010
  • PGC in Medical Education 2007
  • MRCP 2004
  • MBChB (Hons) 2001


  • MBChB/1st/Introduction to respiratory medicine (IRM

Clinical module lead 2009-2018

Clinical lectures, small group teaching, assessment

  • MBChB/2nd/PIP

Project lead in lung cancer

1 lecture, 2 small group sessions

  • MBChB/5th

Deputy Lead for year 5

Clinical component lead for Written Professional Communication 

  • BDS/3rd& 4th/Clinical Human Disease

Module lead for medicine

Interim module lead for infection

  • BMedSc/3rd

Average 2 students pa for final year dissertation project

  • MPharm/4th

Average 1 student pa for final year dissertation project

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

Professional/clinical committees

  • European Respiratory Society AATD registry steering committee member 2018-
  • NICE health technology appraisal committee 2018-2021
  • European Respiratory Society taskforce for AATD 2016-
  • British Thoracic Society Specialist Advisory group for COPD 2015-2018 

Positions with peer reviewed journals

  • Associate editor: Canadian Respiratory Journal (2017-), BMC Pulmonary medicine (2017-), Journal of COPD (2018-)
  • Editorial boards: Journal of COPD foundation (2015-), World Journal of Respirology (2013-)


Recent publications


Chukowry, P, Edgar, R & Turner, A 2019, 'Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency: a rare multisystem disease, predominantly affecting the lung', Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs. https://doi.org/10.1080/21678707.2019.1651640

Keene , SJ, Jordan, R, Franssen, FME, Martin, J, Sitch, A, Turner, A, Dickens, A, Fitzmaurice, D & Adab, P 2019, 'External validation of the updated ADO score in COPD patients from the Birmingham COPD cohort', International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Ellis, P & Turner, A 2019, 'What do alpha-1 antitrypsin levels tell us about chronic inflammation in COPD?', Archivos de Bronconeumologia.

Trethewey, S, Edgar, R, Morlet, J, Mukherjee, R & Turner, A 2019, 'Late presentation of acute hypercapnic respiratory failure carries a high mortality risk in COPD patients treated with ward-based NIV', Journal of Respiratory Medicine, vol. 151, pp. 128-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmed.2019.04.013

Lambe, T, Adab, P, Jordan, R, Sitch, A, Enocson, A, Jolly, K, Marsh, J, Riley, RD, Miller, M, Cooper, BG, Turner, A, Ayres, J, Stockley, RA, Greenfield, S, Siebert, S, Daley, A, Cheng, K, Fitzmaurice, D & Jowett, S 2019, 'A model-based evaluation of the long-term cost-effectiveness of systematic case-finding for COPD in primary care', Thorax.

Horvath, I, Canotilho, M, Chlumský, J, Chorostowska-Wynimko, J, Corda, L, Derom, E, Ficker, JH, Kneussl, M, Miravitlles, M, Sucena, M, Thabut, G, Turner, A, van ’t Wout, E & McElvaney, NG 2019, 'Diagnosis and management of Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiency in Europe: an expert survey', ERJ Open Research, vol. 5, no. 1. https://doi.org/10.1183/23120541.00171-2018

Miravitlles, M, Chorostowska-Wynimko, J, Ferrarotti, I, McElvaney, NG, O’Hara, K, Stolk, J, Stockley, RA, Turner, A, Wilkens, M & Greulich, T 2019, 'The European Alpha-1 antitrypsin Deficiency Research Collaboration (EARCO). A new ERS Clinical Research Collaboration to promote research in alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency', European Respiratory Journal.

Trethewey, S, Brown, N, Gao Smith, F & Turner, A 2019, 'Interventions for the management and prevention of sarcopenia in the critically ill: a systematic review', Journal of Critical Care. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrc.2019.01.008

Trethewey, S, Edgar, R, Morlet, J, Mukherjee, R & Turner, A 2019, 'Temporal trends in survival following ward-based NIV for acute hypercapnic respiratory failure in patients with COPD', The Clinical Respiratory Journal.

Trethewey, S, Edgar, R, Turner, A & Mukherjee, R 2018, 'Ward-based non-invasive ventilation in acute exacerbations of COPD: a narrative review of current practice and outcomes in the UK', Healthcare, vol. 6, no. 4, 145. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare6040145

Litchfield, I, Hoye, C, Shukla, D, Backman, R, Turner, A, Lee, M & Weber, P 2018, 'Can process mining automatically describe care pathways of patients with long-term conditions in UK primary care? a study protocol', BMJ open, vol. 8, no. 12, e019947. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019947

Davies, S, Bishopp, A, Wharton, S, Turner, A & Mansur, A 2018, 'Does Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) improve asthma-related clinical outcomes in patients with co-existing conditions?- A systematic review', Respiratory Medicine, vol. 143, pp. 18-30. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rmed.2018.08.004

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Ellis, P, Dirksen, A & Turner, A 2019, Treatment of lung disease in patients with AATD. in P Strnad, ML Brantly & R Bals (eds), α1-Antitrypsin Deficiency. ERS monograph, European Respiratory Society, pp. 78-92. https://doi.org/10.1183/2312508X.10032718


Ubhi, G, Mason, J & Turner, A 2019, 'Exploring cost awareness as an influence on prescribing behaviours in secondary care: a mixed methods study', International Journal of Pharmacy Practice, vol. 27, no. S2. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijpp.12533


Madan, A & Turner, A 2019, 'Identifying the at risk smokers: who goes on to get COPD?', The European respiratory journal.

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