Mrs Roseanne Peel

Senior Project Supervisor

Office of the PVC Health and Medicine (Public Health)

Career Summary


Ms Peel is a Registered Nurse and has completed a Graduate Certificate Intensive Care Nursing, qualified as an Authorised Nurse Immuniser, and has completed a Master of Public Health with Distiction (specialising in research methodology).

Ms Peel has a strong background in Intensive Care Nursing, Acute Stroke Nursing, Coronary Care Nursing and most recently qualified in Immunisation. Ms Peel has managed Case-Control Studies, Randomised Controlled Trials and Cohort Studies predominately with the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle.

Roseanne has greater than ten years research project management experience and greater than thirty years nursing experience. Her current position involves the overall co-ordinating of a national multi-centre randomised controlled trial. She is also the longstanding Study Coordinator for the Hunter's Prospective Cohort Study - the Hunter Community Study, a Public Health and Health Services research resource that has attracted  collaborations nationally and internationally and has produced over 60 publications including high impact journals such as Nature.

Research Expertise
Research Research Assistant/Senior Research Assistant School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle, 2003-Present time Health Projects and Role: Study Manager Multi-Centre RCT: Australian Study for the Prevention through Immunisation of Cardiovascular Events (AUSPICE) Trial (Pneumococcal Vaccine versus Placebo), Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), University of Newcastle October, 2014-Present Time Investigator, Pilot RCT: Does zinc supplementation delay or prevent diabetes in pre-diabetic adults? Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB), University of Newcastle 2011-Present Time Research Study Co-ordinator: Olfactory Stress Test(Alzheimer’s Disease), CCEB, University of Newcastle, July 2012- Present time Research Study Co-ordinator & Clinic Manager Cohort Study Hunter Community Cohort Study, CCEB, University of Newcastle: January 2007 – Present Time Research Assistant: Extending Treatments and Networks in Depression (xTEND) Study CCEB, University of Newcastle: April 2010 – December 2011 Research Study Co-ordinator: Media Dr. And Heart Failure Validation Studies Clinical Pharmacology, University of Newcastle: June 2011 –December 2011 Study Co-ordinator RCT: Cerebral Hypothermia in Ischaemic Lesion (CHIL) Study Acute Stroke Service, Hunter New England Health: March 2009 – November 2010 Study Co-ordinator RCT: Comprehensive Stroke Unit Study CCEB, University of Newcastle: January 2009 – November 2010 Study Co-ordinator Case-Control Study – Acute Coronary Syndrome and Cox 2 Inhibitors/NSAIDS , Clinical Pharmacology: 2004-2006 Research Assistant : Case-Control Study – Heart Failure and Cox 2 Inhibitors/NSAIDS, Clinical Pharmacology: August –Dec 2003 Multicentre Open Label Randomised Controlled Trial – “Nice” Study (Normoglycaemia In intensive Care Evaluation), John Hunter Hospital ICU Multicentre Randomised Double Blinded Clinical Trial- “Safe” Study (Saline versus Albumin Fluid Evaluation), Multicentre Randomised Double Blinded Clinical Trial- “Selfotel” Study (Drug trial in head injured patients in Intensive Care), John Hunter Hospital ICU

Teaching Expertise
Research role

Administrative Expertise
Research Role

Roseanne works with Professor John Attia and Dr Mark McEvoy and provides a supporting role in their research collaborations with students and academics within the University of Newcastle, other National Universities and International Universities.


  • Master of Public Health, University of Newcastle
  • Registered Nurse, NSW Nurses Registration Board
  • Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Intens Care Nurs), John Hunter Hospital


  • Health Protection
  • Immunisation
  • Public Health
  • Research role only

Fields of Research

111799Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified100


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (17 outputs)

2015Vashum KP, McEvoy MA, Hancock SJ, Islam MR, Peel R, Attia JR, Milton AH, 'Prevalence of and associations with excessive daytime sleepiness in an Australian older population.', Asia Pac J Public Health, 27 NP2275-NP2284 (2015)
DOI10.1177/1010539513497783Author URL
Co-authorsMilton Hasnat, John Attia
2015Chan JPL, Thalamuthu A, Oldmeadow C, Armstrong NJ, Holliday EG, McEvoy M, et al., 'Genetics of hand grip strength in mid to late life', Age, 37 1-10 (2015)

Hand grip strength (GS) is a predictor of mortality in older adults and is moderately to highly heritable, but no genetic variants have been consistently identified. We aimed to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with GS in middle-aged to older adults using a genome-wide association study (GWAS). GS was measured using handheld dynamometry in community-dwelling men and women aged 55¿85 from the Hunter Community Study (HCS, N = 2088) and the Sydney Memory and Ageing Study (Sydney MAS, N = 541). Genotyping was undertaken using Affymetrix microarrays with imputation to HapMap2. Analyses were performed using linear regression. No genome-wide significant results were observed in HCS nor were any of the top signals replicated in Sydney MAS. Gene-based analyses in HCS identified two significant genes (ZNF295, C2CD2), but these results were not replicated in Sydney MAS. One out of eight SNPs previously associated with GS, rs550942, located near the CNTF gene, was significantly associated with GS (p = 0.005) in the HCS cohort only. Study differences may explain the lack of consistent results between the studies, including the smaller sample size of the Sydney MAS cohort. Our modest sample size also had limited power to identify variants of small effect. Our results suggest that similar to various other complex traits, many genetic variants of small effect size may influence GS. Future GWAS using larger samples and consistent measures may prove more fruitful at identifying genetic contributors for GS in middle-aged to older adults.

Co-authorsJohn Attia, Rodney Scott, Liz Holliday, Christopher Oldmeadow
2014Holliday EG, Attia J, Hancock S, Koloski N, McEvoy M, Peel R, et al., 'Genome-wide association study identifies two novel genomic regions in irritable bowel syndrome', American Journal of Gastroenterology, 109 770-772 (2014) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsRodney Scott, John Attia, Nicholas Talley, Liz Holliday
2014Moayyeri A, Hsu Y-H, Karasik D, Estrada K, Xiao S-M, Nielson C, et al., 'Genetic determinants of heel bone properties: genome-wide association meta-analysis and replication in the GEFOS/GENOMOS consortium', HUMAN MOLECULAR GENETICS, 23 3054-3068 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1093/hmg/ddt675Author URL
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 3
Co-authorsChristopher Oldmeadow, Rodney Scott, John Attia, Liz Holliday
2014Handley TE, Hiles SA, Inder KJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Kelly BJ, Lewin TJ, et al., 'Predictors of Suicidal Ideation in Older People: A Decision Tree Analysis', AMERICAN JOURNAL OF GERIATRIC PSYCHIATRY, 22 1325-1335 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jagp.2013.05.009Author URL
CitationsScopus - 1Web of Science - 1
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Brian Kelly, Kerry Inder, Terry Lewin, F Kaylambkin
2014Islam MR, Attia J, Alauddin M, McEvoy M, McElduff P, Slater C, et al., 'Availability of arsenic in human milk in women and its correlation with arsenic in urine of breastfed children living in arsenic contaminated areas in Bangladesh.', Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source, 13 1-10 (2014) [C1]
Co-authorsCatherine Deste, John Attia, Milton Hasnat, Wayne Smith
2014McEvoy M, Schofield P, Smith W, Agho K, Mangoni AA, Soiza RL, et al., 'Memory Impairment is Associated with Serum Methylarginines in Older Adults', CURRENT ALZHEIMER RESEARCH, 11 97-106 (2014) [C1]
Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Peter Schofield
2014Handley TE, Hiles SA, Inder KJ, Kay-Lambkin FJ, Kelly BJ, Lewin TJ, et al., 'Predictors of suicidal ideation in older people: A decision tree analysis', American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22 1325-1335 (2014) [C1]

Objectives Suicide among older adults is a major public health issue worldwide. Although studies have identified psychological, physical, and social contributors to suicidal thoughts in older adults, few have explored the specific interactions between these factors. This article used a novel statistical approach to explore predictors of suicidal ideation in a community-based sample of older adults. Design Prospective cohort study. Participants and Setting Participants aged 55-85 years were randomly selected from the Hunter Region, a large regional center in New South Wales, Australia. Measurements Baseline psychological, physical, and social factors, including psychological distress, physical functioning, and social support, were used to predict suicidal ideation at the 5-year follow-up. Classification and regression tree modeling was used to determine specific risk profiles for participants depending on their individual well-being in each of these key areas. Results Psychological distress was the strongest predictor, with 25% of people with high distress reporting suicidal ideation. Within high psychological distress, lower physical functioning significantly increased the likelihood of suicidal ideation, with high distress and low functioning being associated with ideation in 50% of cases. A substantial subgroup reported suicidal ideation in the absence of psychological distress; dissatisfaction with social support was the most important predictor among this group. The performance of the model was high (area under the curve: 0.81). Conclusions Decision tree modeling enabled individualized "risk" profiles for suicidal ideation to be determined. Although psychological factors are important for predicting suicidal ideation, both physical and social factors significantly improved the predictive ability of the model. Assessing these factors may enhance identification of older people at risk of suicidal ideation.

CitationsScopus - 1
Co-authorsF Kaylambkin, John Attia, Kerry Inder, Brian Kelly, Terry Lewin
2014Napthali K, Boyle M, Tran H, Schofield PW, Peel R, McEvoy M, et al., 'Thyroid antibodies, autoimmunity and cognitive decline: is there a population-based link?', Dement Geriatr Cogn Dis Extra, 4 140-146 (2014) [C1]
DOI10.1159/000362716Author URL
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Peter Schofield, Christopher Oldmeadow
2013McEvoy MA, Schofield P, Smith W, Agho K, Mangoni AA, Soiza RL, et al., 'Serum methylarginines and incident depression in a cohort of older adults', Journal of Affective Disorders, 151 493-499 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1016/j.jad.2013.06.033Author URL
CitationsScopus - 2Web of Science - 2
Co-authorsBrian Kelly, John Attia, Peter Schofield, Kerry Inder
2013Islam MR, Arslan I, Attia J, McEvoy M, McElduff P, Basher A, et al., 'Is Serum Zinc Level Associated with Prediabetes and Diabetes?: A Cross-Sectional Study from Bangladesh', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0061776Author URL
CitationsScopus - 5Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Milton Hasnat
2013McEvoy MA, Schofield PW, Smith WT, Agho K, Mangoni AA, Soiza RL, et al., 'Serum Methylarginines and Spirometry-Measured Lung Function in Older Adults', PLOS ONE, 8 (2013) [C1]
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0058390Author URL
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Peter Schofield, Wayne Smith
2012Suthers B, Hansbro PM, Thambar S, McEvoy MA, Peel R, Attia JR, 'Pneumococcal vaccination may induce anti-oxidized low-density lipoprotein antibodies that have potentially protective effects against cardiovascular disease', Vaccine, 30 3983-3985 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 4Web of Science - 5
Co-authorsPhilip Hansbro, John Attia
2012Holliday EG, Maguire JM, Evans T-J, Koblar SA, Jannes J, Sturm J, et al., 'Common variants at 6p21.1 are associated with large artery atherosclerotic stroke', Nature Genetics, 44 1147-1153 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 44Web of Science - 44
Co-authorsWayne Smith, Jane Maguire, Lisa Lincz, Chris Levi, Liz Holliday, Christopher Oldmeadow, Rodney Scott, Mark Parsons, John Attia, Pablo Moscato
2012Islam MR, Khan I, Hassan SMN, McEvoy MA, D'Este CA, Attia JR, et al., 'Association between type 2 diabetes and chronic arsenic exposure in drinking water: A cross sectional study in Bangladesh', Environmental Health, 11 1-8 (2012) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 19Web of Science - 7
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Milton Hasnat, Catherine Deste
2011McGettigan P, Lincz L, Attia JR, McElduff P, Bissett L, Peel R, et al., 'The risk of coronary thrombosis with cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors does not vary with polymorphisms in two regions of the cyclo-oxygenase-2 gene', British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 72 707-714 (2011) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 6Web of Science - 6
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Barrie Stokes, Mddah01, Lisa Lincz
2010McEvoy MA, Smith WT, D'Este CA, Duke JM, Peel R, Schofield PW, et al., 'Cohort Profile: The Hunter Community Study', International Journal of Epidemiology, 39 1452-1463 (2010) [C1]
CitationsScopus - 52Web of Science - 51
Co-authorsDerek Smith, Peter Schofield, Mddah01, Rodney Scott, Wayne Smith, John Attia, Julie Byles, Ben Ewald, Catherine Deste
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Conference (4 outputs)

2011Khan I, Hassan S, McEvoy MA, D'Este CA, Attia JR, Peel R, Hasnat MA, 'Association between type 2 diabetes and chronic arsenic exposure in Bangladesh', Epidemiology, - (2011) [E3]
CitationsWeb of Science - 2
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Milton Hasnat, Catherine Deste
2009McGettigan P, Peel R, Stokes BJ, Henderson KM, Whitaker DE, Henry D, 'What did 'safe' mean to prescribers of selective COX-2 inhibitors?', Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, Edinburgh, UK (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsBarrie Stokes
2009Henry D, Lincz L, Attia JR, McElduff P, Bisset L, Peel R, et al., 'Polymorphisms in two regions of the cyclo-oxygenase-2 gene associated with variation in risk of coronary thrombosis with cyclo-oxygenase-2 inhibitors', Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, Edinburgh, UK (2009) [E3]
Co-authorsLisa Lincz, John Attia
2009Henry D, Lincz L, Attia J, McElduff P, Bisset L, Peel R, et al., 'Polymorphisms in Two Regions of the Cyclo-Oxygenase-2 Gene Associated with Variation in Risk of Coronary Thrombosis with Cyclo-Oxygenase-2 Inhibitors', PHARMACOEPIDEMIOLOGY AND DRUG SAFETY (2009) [E3]
Author URL
Co-authorsJohn Attia, Lisa Lincz
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Mrs Roseanne Peel


Senior Project Supervisor
Office of the PVC Health and Medicine
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Focus area

Public Health

Contact Details


RoomHMRI 4109-22
BuildingHunter Medical Research Institute
LocationLevel 4 CCEB