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: Stephen William Turner
E - mail: s.w.turner@abdn.ac.uk
Date of birth: 19 February 1969
Place of birth: Blackburn, Lancashire


1992 MBBS (University of Newcastle)
1994 MRCP (UK) part I
MRCP (UK) part II

1998 Postgraduate certificate in medical education (University of Newcastle)

  1. CCST in paediatrics (subspecialty in respiratory paediatrics)
  2. MD (University of Newcastle)

2003  FRCPCH

1995 European Respiratory Society Young Investigator of the Year (runner up)

Pre-registration house officer Newcastle-upon-Tyne Aug’92 – Jan’93
Senior house officer Newcastle-upon-Tyne Feb’93 – Jul’95
Paediatric registrar Hastings (New Zealand) Dec’95 – Nov’96
Specialist registrar in paediatrics Middlesbrough Jan’97 – Apr’99
Paediatric research fellow Perth (Australia) May’99 – Nov’01
Specialist registrar in paediatrics   Newcastle-upon-Tyne Dec’01 – Mar’03 

My research interest is childhood asthma with a focus on mechanisms for the development of asthma and biomarkers for asthma control. I am the principle investigator on a number of recent and current grants and co-investigator on several others. I collaborate with colleagues in secondary and primary care, laboratory sciences and obstetrics. My aim is to develop methods for and then undertake intervention studies aimed at preventing asthma in at-risk unborn children and improving asthma control in those with established disease.


  1. £2 million. MRC. Defining endotypes of wheezing to elucidate mechanisms and genetic predisposition: STELAR (Study Team for Early Life Asthma Research) consortium. Co Applicant November 2012.
  2. £75,000. ARCHIE foundation. Nasal epithelial cells in different wheezing conditions. Lead applicant. October 2010.
  3. £60,000. NHS Grampian. A study of trends in childhood obesity in North East Scotland. Lead applicant. May 2010
  4. £499,662. Big Lottery. Reducing Children’s Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke in the Home. Co-applicant December 2009
  5. £2,500. NHS Grampian Endowments. The Study of Young Children with Recurrent Wheeze – can we distinguish between asthma and viral induced wheeze? Lead Applicant. February 2009
  6. £202,000. Scottish Executive. Environmental Determinants of Public Health in Scotland (EDPHiS). Co-applicant. April 2008


  1. Friend A, Craig LC, Turner SW. The Prevalence of Metabolic Syndrome in Children – a Systematic Review of the Literature. Metabol Syndrome Rel Disorder. 2012 in press
  2. Mullane D, Turner S, Cox D, Goldblatt J, landau L, le Souef P. Reduced infant lung function, active smoking and wheeze in eighteen year olds. Pediatr Adolesc Med 2012 in press
  3. Wilson IS, Mills LM, Semple SE, Ritchie D, O'Donnell R, Shaw A, Bonella P, Turner SW Amos A REFRESH reducing families’ exposure to secondhand smoke in the home: a feasibility study. Tobacco Control 2012, in press.
  4. Mills LM, Semple SE, Wilson IS, MacCalman L, Amos A, Ritchie D, O'Donnell R, Shaw A, Turner SW. Factors Influencing Exposure to Secondhand Smoke in Preschool Children Living With Smoking Mothers. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 2012; 14:435-444
  5. Walker C, Danby S, Turner SW. Impact of a bronchiolitis clinical care pathway on hospital stay. Eur J Pediatr 2012; 171:827-832
  6. Abidin EZ, Semple S, Omar A, Rahman HA, Turner SW, Ayres JG. A survey of schoolchildren's exposure to secondhand smoke in Malaysia. BMC Public Health 2011;11(634).
  7. Turner S, Prabhu N, Danielian P, McNeill G, Craig L, Allan K, Cutts R, Helms P, Seaton A, Devereux G. First and second trimester fetal size and asthma outcomes at age ten years. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2011; 184:407-413
  8. Malik G, Tagiyeva N, Aucott L, McNeill G, Turner SW. Changing trends in asthma in 9-12 year olds between 1964 and 2009. Arch Dis Child 2011;96:227-31.
  9. Smith H, Raju V, Turner S, Oxley C. Are the UK clinical guidelines for H1N1 influenza infection valid in the hospital setting? Arch Dis Child 2011; 96:857-9
  10. Turner, SW., Ayres, J., Macfarlane, TV., Mehta, A., Mukhopadhyay, S., Palmer, C., Cunningham, S., Adams, T., Aniruddhan, K., Bell, C., Corrigan, D., Cunningham, J., Duncan, A., Hunt, G., Leece, R., MacFadyen, U., McCormick, J., McLeish, S., Mitra , A., Miller, D., Waxman, E., Webb, A., Wojcik, S. A methodology to establish a database to study gene environment interactions for childhood asthma. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 2010, 10-107.
  11. Abuzayan I, U.Paraskavi, Turner SW. Changes to exhaled nitric oxide in asthmatic children after drinking a caffeine-containing cola drink Pediatr Pulmonol 2010;45:1228-32.
  12. Turner SW, Campbell D, Smith NA, Craig LC, McNeill G, Forbes SH, Harbour PJ, Seaton A, Helms PJ, Devereux G, Turner SW Associations between fetal size, maternal α-tocopherol and childhood asthma. Thorax 2010;65:391-397
  13. Prabhu N, Smith N, Campbell D, Craig LC, Seaton A, Helms PJ, Devereux G, Turner SW. First trimester maternal smoking habits and fetal growth. Thorax 2010;65:235-40
  14. Abuzayan I, Turner SW. Changes in nitric oxide production after ingestion of L-Arginine – a pilot study.  Pediatr Pulmonol 2010;45:236-40