Helena Furberg, MSPH & PhD

Assistant Attending Epidemiologist
Office Phone:
646-735-8118
Office Fax:
646-735-0010
Education:
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Current Research Interests

Dr. Furberg is a molecular epidemiologist conducting research to identify factors associated genitourinary cancer etiology and prognosis, and genetic factors associated with smoking behavior. She has led the two largest genetic investigations of smoking behavior among European and African ancestry individuals, both of which identified a region on chromosome 15 significantly associated with how much a person smokes per day. She is Co-PI of the MSKCC Urothelial Cancer Registry and an active member of the International Consortium for Bladder Cancer, which seeks to identify new genetic loci associated with bladder cancer etiology and prognosis. Together with clinical colleagues at MSKCC and at Weill-Cornell, she investigates the impact of smoking on bladder cancer prognosis and the accuracy of self-reported smoking among bladder cancer patients. Dr. Furberg has recently developed collaborations with investigators from the MSKCC Kidney Service to evaluate how risk factors for renal cell carcinoma perform as prognostic factors, and whether they are associated with specific mutational profiles of prognostic significance utilizing data from The Cancer Genome Atlas.

Publications by Helena Furberg

Rink M,Furberg H, Zabor EC, Xylinas E, Babjuk M, Pycha A, Lotan Y, Karakiewicz PI, Novara G, Robinson BD, Montorsi F, Chun FK, Scherr DS, Shariat S. Impact of Smoking and Smoking Cessation on Oncologic Outcomes in Primary Non-muscle-invasive Bladder Cancer. Eur Urol. 2013 Apr;63(4):724-32.

Ehdaie B, Furberg H, Zabor E, Ostroff J, Shariat S, Bochner B, Coleman J, Dalbagni G. The Impact of Smoking Status at Diagnosis on Disease Recurrence and Death in Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma. BJUI 2012 [In Press]

David SP, Hamidovic A, Chen GK, Bergen AW,  Wessel J, Kasberger JL, Brown WM, Petruzella S, Thacker EL, Kim Y, Nalls MA, Tranah GJ, Sung YJ, Ambrosone CB, Arnett D, Bandera EV, Becker DM, Becker L, Berndt SI, Bernstein L, Blot WJ, Broeckel U, Buxbaum SG, Caporaso N, Casey G, Chanock SJ, Deming SL, Diver WR, Eaton CB, Evans DS, Evans MK, Fornage M, Franceschini N, Harris TB, Henderson BE, Hernandez DG, Hitsman B, Hu JJ, Hunt SC, Ingles SA, John EM, Kittles R, Kolb S, Kolonel LN, Le Marchand L, Liu Y, Lohman KK, McKnight B, Millikan RC, Murphy A, Neslund-Dudas C,  Nyante S, Press M, Psaty BM, Rao DC, Redline S, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Rybicki BA, Signorello LB, Singleton AB, Smoller J, Snively B, Spring B, Stanford JL, Strom SS, Swan GE, Taylor KD, Thun MJ, Wilson AF,  Witte JS, Yamamura Y, Yanek LR, Yu K, Zheng W, Ziegler RG, Zonderman AB, Jorgenson E, Haiman CA and Furberg H. Genome-wide meta-analyses of smoking behaviors in African Americans. Transl Psychiatry. 2012 May 22;2:e119.

Furberg H, Kim Y, Dackor J, Boerwinkle E, Franceschini N, Ardissino D, Bernardinelli L, Mannucci PL, Mauri F, Merlini PA, Absher D, Assimes TL, Fortmann SP, Iribarren C, Knowles JW, Quertermous T, Ferrucci L, Tanaka T, Bis JC, Furberg CD, Haritunians T, McKnight B, Psaty BM, Taylor KD, Thacker EL, Almgren P, Groop L, Ladenvall C, Boehnke M, Jackson AU, Mohlke KL, Stringham HM, Tuomilehto J, Benjamin EJ, Hwang SJ, Levy D, Preis SR, Vasan RS, Duan J, Gejman PV, Levinson DF, Sanders AR, Shi J, Lips EH, McKay JD, Agudo A, Barzan L, Bencko V, Benhamou S, Castellsague X, Canova C, Conway DI, Fabianova E, Foretova L, Janout V, Healy CM, Holcátová I, Kjaerheim K, Lagiou P, Lissowska J, Lowry R, Macfarlane TV, Mates D, Richiardi L, Rudnai P, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Zaridze D, Znaor A, Lathrop M, Brennan P, Bandinelli S, Frayling TM, Guralnik JM, Milaneschi Y, Perry JR, Altshuler D, Elosua R, Kathiresan S, Lucas G, Melander O, O'Donnell CJ, Salomaa V, Schwartz SM, Voight BF, Penninx BW, Smit JH, Vogelzangs N, Boomsma DI, de Geus EJ, Vink JM, Willemsen G, Chanock SJ, Gu F, Hankinson SE, Hunter DJ, Hofman A, Tiemeier H, Uitterlinden AG, van Duijn CM, Walter S, Chasman DI, Everett BM, Paré G, Ridker PM, Li MD, Maes HH, Audrain-McGovern J, Posthuma D, Thornton LM, Lerman C, Kaprio J, Rose JE, Ioannidis JP, Kraft P, Lin DY, Sullivan PF. Genome-wide meta-analyses identify multiple loci associated with smoking behavior. Nature Genetics 2010 May; 43(5):441-7.

Furberg H, Ostroff J, Lerman C, Sullivan PF. Public health utility of genome-wide association study results for smoking behavior. Genome Medicine 2010 April27; 2(4):26.