Helen Swede, PhD

Assistant Professor, Community Medicine and Health Care, UConn Health (Affiliate)


Research Overview

My chief focus is behaviorally-induced physiologic pathways (e.g., insulin resistance) that lead to colon cancer and pre-malignant lesions. Behaviorial risk factors that I study include excess body weight, physical inactivity, cigarette smoking, and pro-inflammatory nutritional intake. I am a long-term Co-Investigator at the UCHC Colon Cancer Prevention Program; and, have conducted analyses using various NHANES databases. I also engage in research of survival disparities in breast cancer survival. Colleagues and I assembled a database of 2500 breast cancer patients from the Connecticut Tumor Registry database, which we augmented with data from pathology reports. We also conducted a direct chart review of 425 patients to gather detailed data on cancer treatment and co-morbidities at diagnosis.

Education

Ph.D., Epidemiology and Community Medicine, SUNY Buffalo of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, NCI Training Grant, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Molecular Epidemiology, NCI Core Grant, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Emailswede@uchc.edu
Phone860.679.5568
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Department of Community Medicine and Health Care
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 6325
Farmington, CT 06030-6325