Merle K. Barash MA AEd, MA Psya

Merle K. Barash is a Strang Trustee and Director of Program Development at Strang Cancer Prevention Institute.


Merle has an extraordinary history of dedication to Strang for 28 years.


With a vision to preserve Strang’s 87 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 is a Research Associate in the Strang study of educating primary care physicians nationwide on cancer screening and prevention using PREVENTION e-newsletters. She 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 fundraising events and is Editor in Chief of the organizations Prevention newsletter.

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