Innogen · People · Former Affiliated staff
Dr Roseanne Cetnarskyj

Lecturer in adult nursing/Genetic nurse specialist, Edinburgh Napier University

Roseanne worked within the SE Scotland clinical genetic department from 1992, working in variety of nursing roles. Initially, Roseanne began with developing the Scottish Huntington’s Disease advisory service for Scotland, then as a Lead Research Nurse and finally, a Genetic Nurse Specialist.

Since November 2006, Roseanne has been a lecturer adult nursing at Edinburgh Napier University and participating in research activity. Roseanne has maintained a small commitment to genetic practice as a Genetic nurse specialist, on a NHS honorary contract. Roseanne was awarded a CSO research training fellowship in 2001 undertaken via Public Health department of The University of Edinburgh and completed her PhD in December 2005, graduating in June 2006. During this time Roseanne remain as a genetic nurse specialist 1 day per week to maintain knowledge and skills. Roseanne is the current Chairperson for the Scottish Genetic Education Network (ScotGEN) (

Research Interests

Roseanne’s research interests involve genetic conditions particularly cancer genetics and family history. Previous research experience is in quantitative research methodology. The subject areas have been ‘individuals with family history of breast and colorectal’, using a family history form within a GP practice, genetic testing on individuals with colorectal cancer under age 55 and a Scottish wide DNA sample collection for individuals with colorectal cancer.

Current Research Activity

Randomised placebo controlled trial of targeted bisphosphonate intervention before disease onset, for individuals identified through genetic testing with a SQSTM1 mutation for Paget’s disease of bone. Principal Investigator – Professor Stuart Ralston, Professor of Rheumatology at The University of Edinburgh.