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.


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
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut Health Center
Department of Community Medicine and Health Care
263 Farmington Avenue, MC 6325
Farmington, CT 06030-6325