Merle K. Barash MA AEd, MA Psya
Merle K. Barash is Secretary on the Board of Trustees and Director of Development.
Merle has been dedicated to Strang for over 25 years. In 2009 together with Dr. Michael P. Osborne they co-founded Strang Institute and shared a vision to preserve Strang’s 90 year legacy as the nation's first institution for the early detection of cancer thus securing Strang’s future. They pioneered its continuance as a prominent not for profit institution ensuring its mission:
Dedicated to Promoting 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.
A businessperson, visionary, and educator, Merle created Strang’s image for the 21st century.
Today, the unprecedented Strang website attracts and navigates medical professionals and the public to a wealth of academic and scientific research and resources. In 2014 she created the Dianne Zola Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in honor of a dear friend. In 2016 Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore Maryland was chosen to be the first recipient of Strang’s funding for their research of the Papgene test for the early detection of ovarian cancer.
Merle is Editor in Chief of Strang's PREVENTION newsletter and a Research Associate in the Strang study of educating primary care physicians on cancer screening and prevention. Merle creates educational forums and events. She is the liaison to Strang supporters and donors.