Merle K. Barash is Director of Program Development at Strang Cancer Prevention Institute.
Merle has an extraordinary history of dedication to Strang for 25 years.
With a vision to protect Strang’s 86 year legacy and to secure Strang’s future, Merle pioneered its continuance as a prominent not for profit institution with its core mission;
Dedicated to Promote Cure by Early Detection and Research to Prevent Cancer since 1933, including Dissemination of Information to the Public, Educating Medical Professionals and Supporting Cancer Prevention Research.
As a businessperson, artist and visionary, Merle created a new image of Strang’s presence for the 21st century. Today, the unprecedented Strang website attracts and navigates the viewer to a wealth of resources for medical information juxtaposed with the play of moving color and design.
In 2014 she created the Dianne Zola Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in honor of her friend Dianne Tashman Zola. In 2016 Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore Maryland was chosen to be the recipient of Strang’s funding for their research of the Papgene test for the early detection of ovarian cancer.
Merle oversees program development and is responsible for Strang’s goals; the growth and expansion of the institution. She is the liaison to Strang supporters and donors. She plans and directs fundraising events and is editor of the organizations Prevention newsletter.