Helena Furberg, MSPH & PhD

Associate Attending Epidemiologist

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Helena Furberg, Associate Attending Epidemiologist

Office Phone

646-888-8246

Education

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Current Research Interests

Dr. Furberg is a molecular epidemiologist conducting research to identify factors associated with genitourinary cancer etiology and prognosis. She is Co-PI of the MSK Urothelial Cancer Registry, an institutional resource to identify genetic and non-genetic factors associated with bladder cancer risk and outcomes. She is PI of an American Cancer Society-funded grant to conduct a prospective study to determine the impact of post-diagnosis smoking on bladder cancer recurrence risk and BCG treatment. She is also funded to identify germline genetic variants that are associated with response to platinum-based chemotherapy in bladder cancer patients. Together with clinical colleagues at MSK, Weill Cornell and the University of Waterloo, she is investigating the prognostic relevance of body size in urologic malignancies with an emphasis on the obesity paradox in kidney cancer.

Publications

Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Hakimi AA, Furberg H, Zabor EC, Jacobsen A, Schultz N, Ciriello G, Mikklineni N, Fiegoli B, Kim PH, Voss MH, Shen H, Laird PW, Sander C, Reuter VE, Motzer RJ, Hsieh JJ, Russo P. An epidemiologic and genomic investigation into the obesity paradox in renal cell carcinoma. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2013 Dec 18;105(24):1862-70. PMID: 24285872. PMCID: PMC3866155.
  2. Albiges L, Hakimi AA, Xie W, McKay RR, Simantov R, Lin X, Lee JL, Rini BI, Srinivas S, Bjarnason GA, Ernst S, Wood LA, Vaishamayan UN, Rha SY, Agarwal N,Yuasa T, Pal SK, Bamias A, Zabor EC, Skanderup AJ, Furberg H, Fay AP, de Velasco G, Preston MA, Wilson KM, Cho E, McDermott DF, Signoretti S, Heng DY, Choueiri TK. Body Mass Index and Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma: Clinical and Biological Correlations. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 6. pii: JCO667311. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27601543
  3. Robinson WR, Furberg H, Banack HR. Selection bias: A missing factor in the obesity paradox debate. Obesity. 2014 Mar; 22(3):625. PMID: 24738156.
  4. 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. PubMed PMID: 20418890; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2914600.
  5. 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, Furberg H. Genome-wide meta-analyses of smoking behaviors in African Americans. Transl Psychiatry. 2012 May 22;2:e119. PubMed PMID: 22832964; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3365260.

View a full listing of Helena Furberg’s journal articles.

Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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Helena Furberg discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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