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$3.35M going to cancer research at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

February 7, 2021 GMT

LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Three new gifts totaling $3.35 million will go toward cancer immunotherapy research and teaching at a New Hampshire cancer center.

The funds will help accelerate the development of multiple, promising, next-generation immunotherapies, which harness a patient’s own immune system, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

“These drugs take the brakes off the immune system and allow it to recognize, treat and cure a cancer, just as it would an infection,” says Steven Leach, director of the center and the Preston T. and Virginia R. Kelsey Distinguished Chair in Cancer at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

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These recent gifts were made by Paul Guyre, an immunologist, entrepreneur, and emeritus professor of microbiology and immunology at Geisel; Bob Barber, whose wife, Esther, was treated at the center; and Justin Gmelich and Victoria Hall Gmelich, who is a 1991 graduate of Dartmouth College.