As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the principal function of Norris Cotton Cancer Center is to coordinate a program of research, education, and patient care conducted as part of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, one that effectively promotes joint initiatives, collaborations, and interactions within and among its components.
The Cancer Center's activities are characterized by interdisciplinary collaboration to provide a more effective means for fostering bi-directional translational research within the Cancer Center, and, eventually, into effective interventions to prevent or treat cancer.
The Cancer Center's role in fostering interdisciplinary research is the principal mandate of the Cancer Center Support Grant (Core Grant) provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In addition to supporting administrative and executive leadership functions, the Core Grant supports Shared Resources and provides developmental funds to facilitate the cancer-related interdisciplinary research of Cancer Center scientists.
Cancer Center members generally hold a primary appointment in a department of Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Certain members have a dual primary appointment both in an academic department and in the Cancer Center.