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Dartmouth, D-HH Launch Major Cancer Research Institute

Jan 18, 2022   |   Dartmouth News

A $25 million gift to Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health from Dorothy Byrne, a longtime supporter of cancer research and patient care, will establish a robust, interdisciplinary cancer research institute to leverage the innovation, entrepreneurship, and collaboration that is deeply embedded in the Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) in order to fast-track world-class scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside to benefit cancer patients in the region and around the world.

Radiation oncologist Lesley Jarvis and Dartmouth Engineering Professor Brian Pogue test the BeamSite Cherenkov camera which captures real-time imaging of radiotherapy on the patient, allowing the oncology team to adjust and optimize treatment.

The Byrne Family Cancer Research Institute at Norris Cotton Cancer Center will transform and accelerate the translation of research to prevent and cure cancer, enhance cancer survivorship, and promote cancer health equity.

The gift, the largest ever given jointly to Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH), is the lead gift in a $50 million campaign to create the institute, which will support the cancer center's mission to radically expand access to immunotherapies, as well as to pioneer cancer prevention, diagnostics, and treatment through precision medicine, which customizes an approach to care and treatment for each patient. The institute will expand the NCCC's biotech entrepreneurship efforts, providing research teams with the support, education, and infrastructure needed to bring innovation to the marketplace. The work will include guidance from alumni in the field as well as industry and investment leaders expanding medical innovations crucial for treating this complex disease.

The Byrne Institute strengthens the connections among the renowned teaching and research efforts of Dartmouth and its Geisel School of Medicine, Tuck School of Business, and Thayer School of Engineering and the expert clinical diagnostics and patient care throughout the D-HH system.

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