Robert (Bob) Gerlach, Associate Director for Administration & Scientific Affairs at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center, has served on the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s Board of Directors since 2011. He also works closely with cancer researchers and clinicians to produce Emerging Issues in Cancer briefs released by the NH CCC.
“Norris Cotton Cancer Center staff members have partnered with the Collaboration on projects like Sense in the Sun, community education about preventive measures people can take to decrease their chances of developing skin cancer,” Bob said. “Our North Country community and employer-based health education programs also collaborate with other NH CCC partners.”
Norris Cotton Cancer Center is one of 41 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers that seek to control cancer through advancement of research, services, and education.
As a component of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Norris Cotton Cancer Center also oversees the training of the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians. One hundred and fifty faculty members receive $65 million annually in peer-reviewed research funding; additionally, clinicians care for about 5,000 new and over 30,000 returning cancer patients each year.
Norris Cotton Cancer Center organizes many community-based activities and programs such as events to publicize colonoscopy guidelines and to recruit participants in the national bone marrow donor registry. Grand Rounds are broadcast on the Norris Cotton Cancer Center website every Tuesday for cancer care providers. Norris Cotton Cancer Center conducts ongoing efforts to enroll participants in clinical trials and survivorship support studies including a new campaign for health care providers and the general public regarding lung cancer screening. See the latest Emerging Issues brief Lung Cancer Screening.
Every year, Bob participates in The Prouty, Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s signature fundraising event. Last year more than 5,000 participants, including 1,250 volunteers and 122 businesses, helped raise nearly $2.6 million for research and patient services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This year The Prouty is July 12-13.
“I believe we need to show the community, when we ask them to raise money to fight cancer, that we ourselves deem it a cause worth investing our own time and money,” Bob said. “Most of our research funding is restricted to a specific project that is an outgrowth of past findings. The Prouty gives us the vital discretionary funds we need to respond quickly to unexpected opportunities.”