January 22, 2018 | Dr. Mark A. Israel has been appointed the executive director of the Israel Cancer Research Fund, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to funding cancer research in Israel, health care site Healio.com reported yesterday. Israel is a pediatric oncologist and translational scientist who served as a volunteer member of the Israel Cancer Research Fund’s scientific review panel and chair of the translational cancer research proposal evaluation panel for the last 12 years. He has also served as director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center from 2001 to 2016. He was also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Molecular and Systems Biology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College. Before Dartmouth, he was a professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of California in San Francisco, where he headed the Preuss Laboratory of Molecular Neuro-Oncology. Founded in 1975 by a group of North American physicians, scientists and other leaders, the Israel Cancer Research Fund was established in North America to create funding for cancer research but also to keep Israel’s top medical researchers in the country to do their cancer research.