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Dr. Yibin Deng of The Hormel Institute promoted to Full Professor

High achieving prostate cancer researcher achieves a career milestone   One of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota's highest achieving scientists, Dr. Yibin Deng, will be promoted to full Professor effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Deng is leader of the Cell Death and Cancer Genetics lab.             Recruited from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center following the [...]

June 14th, 2019|

UMN Institute scientist links ancient virus to cancer risk

Study of chromosome abnormalities reveals link to cancer  The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota announces newly published research concerning remnants of ancient viruses found in human chromosomes and how this may affect the risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Dr. Contreras-Galindo, one of the new lab leaders at The Hormel Institute and a member [...]

May 17th, 2019|

Liver cancer breakthrough at The Hormel Institute

Scientists discover protein’s role in creating a tumor-promoting microenvironment Science is one step closer to eliminating cancer growth in the liver, whether from primary liver cancer or from metastatic tumors from cancers in other areas of the body, thanks to new research published by Dr. Ningling Kang, head of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis lab [...]

May 6th, 2019|

Paint the Town Pink 2019 raises over $334,000

It was revealed Tuesday afternoon that this year’s Paint the Town Pink raised $334,403. Photos by Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com Another record-breaking year for The Hormel Institute's cancer research Paint the Town Pink ends its 2019 campaign with yet another record-breaking year, raising $334,402 for innovative cancer research at The Hormel Institute. That increase of [...]

April 30th, 2019|

Institute’s research battles ovarian cancer recurrence

Dr. Ilana Chefetz' discoveries published in top scientific journal For most people, the only thing worse than hearing the diagnosis "cancer" is hearing that it has returned.  Dr. Ilana Chefetz, leader of The Hormel Institute's "Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis" lab, today published new discoveries about ovarian cancer chemo resistance and recurrence in the top [...]

March 14th, 2019|

Research will shine light on skin cancer prevention

The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Liu awarded skin cancer research grant The Hormel Institute’s newest lab leader, Dr. Liang Liu, was just awarded a grant for an innovative skin cancer research project from Prevent Cancer Foundation. Dr. Liu leads the "Chromatin and Epigenetic Gene Regulation" lab, and currently focuses on skin cancer research involving UV-induced skin [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Bowling for the Battle aims to strike out cancer

The prostate cancer fundraiser returns to Echo Lanes on Saturday Bowling for the Battle – A Fight Against Prostate Cancer is back again this Saturday to raise money for The Hormel Institute’s prostate cancer research. The event will take place at Echo Lanes in Austin, MN at 2pm on Saturday, March 2 and will feature [...]

February 27th, 2019|

EVERY DOLLAR, EVERY CANCER, EVERY PERSON MATTERS

  Open House at The Hormel Institute for Paint the Town Pink Check Presentations All businesses and individuals who have been raising funds the past few weeks for the Paint the Town Pink 2019 season are invited to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota for check presentations/drop off of donations. Large events, like Plunging for [...]

February 20th, 2019|

The Hormel Institute Summer Internship Deadline Soon

The Hormel Institute Summer Internship Deadline Soon Undergraduate students should apply now for SURE program College students interested in research or health sciences careers are encouraged to apply for this year’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) internship program at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. All application materials must be completed no later than March [...]

February 7th, 2019|

BRUINS HOCKEY PLAYS 9th Paint the Rink Pink Game Saturday

Austin Bruins cancer research fundraiser for Paint the Town Pink Make sure to get tickets to the Austin Bruin’s Paint the Rink Pink game early because this hockey game has sold out nearly every year. Paint the Rink Pink is Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:05pm. The Paint the Rink Pink game will benefit Paint [...]

February 1st, 2019|

Polar Temps won’t stop Plunging for Pink on Saturday

Polar plunge will take place despite cold temperatures Leaders of "Plunging for Pink" say the event will take place as scheduled this coming Saturday, January 26 for those who want to jump. It also comes with a warning for participants to prepare for the weather and for spectators to dress warm to watch the fun. [...]

January 23rd, 2019|

Paint the Town Pink’s 9th year launches with “Every Dollar, Every Cancer, Every Person Matters” campaign

Innovative studies underway thanks to $1.5 million invested in cancer research  Paint the Town Pink will kick into high gear for the 2019 season with its campaign “Every Dollar, Every Cancer, Every Person Matters" shared with events produced by the community.  The first annual public event of the year takes place on January 26 with [...]

January 14th, 2019|

Institute Scientist One of Only Two to Receive Grant from Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Research Foundation

Precision, targeted therapies for colon cancer will be studied A $62,000 research grant from the Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Research Foundation was awarded to Dr. Seung Ho Shin, a postdoctoral fellow at The Hormel Institute, to fund an innovative colon cancer research project. The study, titled “Discovery of beta-catenin inhibitors for treatment of colon cancer,” will [...]

January 7th, 2019|

Fighting Cancer Isn’t Pie in the Sky for “Pink Pie in the Face” Fundraiser

Applegate Pork Supplier Donates More Than $30,000 to The Hormel Institute Six faces full of pink whipped cream added up to a more than $30,000 donation to further the cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The Lynch Companies of Waucoma, Iowa, and the company’s October 2018 breast cancer fundraising effort led to this donation — a gift to one and all.Gary Lynch, owner of The Lynch Companies, and Jason Golly, CEO of The Lynch Companies, presented a check for $33,474 to Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute. The cancer institute is considered a leading world center for cancer prevention and control research, based on its publishing and grant records.Lynch, a prostate cancer survivor, and Golly, who is Lynch’s son-in-law and whose mother lost her battle with breast cancer, competed to raise money with the winner getting the honor of smashing the other with a pink whipped cream pie. Four other The Lynch Companies employees joined in the friendly completion. In the end, although Golly raised more money, Lynch promised to match all donations through the Lynch Family Foundation — but only if Golly would take a pie to the face as well. “It was all in good fun, and we’re just happy that the rivalry sparked a lot of interest in the community donating to such a great cause,” said Lynch. Gold Standard Farms, a division of The Lynch Companies, supplies raised without antibiotics and animal-welfare certified pork to Applegate, a member of the Hormel Foods family of companies. “Truly, cancer is a disease that affects us all and through amazing efforts such as these, we can accelerate answers to cancer the only way possible — through research,” said Dong, under whose leadership The Hormel Institute has tripled in size in 2008 and again doubled in size in 2016.”This is an investment in research so people can live longer, healthier lives and where the threat of cancer is diminished,” Dong continued. “We thank all of our new friends at Lynch Livestock for joining us on the front lines. Our entire quest is to improve health by preventing and controlling cancer, so all of our lives can go on longer, uninterrupted by cancer.”Thanks to the annual support provided to The Hormel Institute by The Hormel Foundation, 100 percent of this gift will exclusively fund groundbreaking cancer research, none to administrative or operating expenses. […]

December 18th, 2018|

Major Breakthrough In Understanding How Skin Cancer Develops

The Hormel Institute's Dr. Rebecca Morris publishes discovery in leading journal Nature Communications Dr. Rebecca Morris, I.J. Holton Professor of the Stem Cells and Cancer lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, published break-though skin cancer research based on findings from 14 years of scientific investigation. Her research team included Heuijoon Park, Sonali Lad, [...]

December 13th, 2018|

$2 Million in Prostate Cancer Research Grants for The Hormel Institute

Funds from Bowling for the Battle translated into major support from NIH Over $2 million in grants was awarded to fund prostate cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Dr. Yibin Deng, associate professor and head of the Cell Death and Cancer Genetics lab, achieved the major grant awards to support his research [...]

December 7th, 2018|

Paint the Rink Pink jerseys will name loved ones to support cancer research

Fans can act now to see their loved ones’ names on special edition jersey to benefit The Hormel Institute  Everyone has an opportunity to see a loved one’s name out on the ice with the Austin Bruins during the 2019 Paint the Rink Pink game. The special jersey worn by each player during the annual [...]

December 3rd, 2018|

Institute Scientist Presents Innovative Research

The Hormel Institute highlighted at gynecologic cancer conference Dr. Ilana Chefetz, Assistant Professor and leader of the Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute, was invited to present key research discoveries at the Gynecologic Oncology Fall Research Symposium. The conference was held at the University of Minnesota Medical School as part of [...]

November 30th, 2018|

Institute’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Part Of Major Series

Dr. Ted Hinchcliffe's research featured by Department of Defense program The cancer research conducted by Dr. Edward "Ted" Hinchcliffe focused on pediatric brain tumors is highlighted in an current "In Focus" series on the CDMRP Peer-Reviewed Cancer website. CDMRP (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) is part of the Department of Defense and oversees research that [...]

November 21st, 2018|

Pink gas pumps fund Hormel Institute research

Through the month of October you can support The Hormel Institute’s cancer research by reaching for the pink pump at participating gas stations throughout Iowa and other states. Three cents of every gallon of E15 sold at participating retailers during October will be donated to The Hormel Institute and the National Breast Cancer Foundation as [...]

October 22nd, 2018|

Cancer Suppression Breakthrough Discovered at The Hormel Institute

Published discovery may lead to new therapy for bile duct cancer affecting the liver Dr. Sergio Gradilone and team at The Hormel Institute's Cancer Cell Biology and Translational Research lab published breakthrough cancer research in the high impact journal Hepatology. Dr. Gradilone led the research team that included Drs. Adrian P. Mansini, Estanislao Peixoto and [...]

October 15th, 2018|

Leukemia drug resistance breakthrough published

Institute research discovers epitranscriptomic causes of drug resistance  A major breakthrough in understanding the cause of drug resistance in leukemia was published in Cell Research this week based on the discoveries by Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section at The Hormel Institute. Dr. Liu and his team studied the [...]

October 12th, 2018|

Institute scientists to attend elite conference

American Cancer Society sponsored meeting focuses on groundbreaking research   Dr. James Robinson, head of the Cell Signaling & Tumorigenesis lab at The Hormel Institute, and Dr. Edward “Ted” Hinchcliffe, head of the Cellular Dynamics lab at The Hormel Institute, will attend the Jiler Professors and Fellows Conference meeting this week. The Jiler Professors & [...]

September 25th, 2018|

Local funds launch Innovative Prostate Cancer Research

Local funds launch Innovative Prostate Cancer Research New prostate cancer research is underway at The Hormel Institute, thanks to grants funded by "Bowling for the Battle," organized by the Tom Gillard family and Farmers Insurance. The two grants were established by the Institute and awarded internally to scientists with innovative ideas for advancing answers to [...]

July 31st, 2018|

Register for Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament

  Tournament raising funds for cancer research for 6th year  The Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament & Silent Auction is coming to Adams again this June. Started in 2013, the tournament has donated over $35,000 to The Hormel Institute to fund innovative cancer research. This year’s tournament and silent auction will take place on Saturday, [...]

May 29th, 2018|

PTTP Concert Tickets at More Locations

Tickets for the Paint the Town Pink concert on July 10 featuring Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” are now on sale at locations around Austin. Visit Austin Hy-Vee, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, Austin ArtWorks Center, Coffee House on Main, or The Hormel Institute to purchase tickets. Tickets are $100 each and are [...]

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Another Institute Breakthrough – Lung Cancer Target Identified

Dr. Luke Hoeppner lab pinpoints protein involved in cancer growth A new target leading to a potential novel therapy for lung cancer was discovered through research led by Dr. Luke Hoeppner, head of the Molecular Biology and Translational Cancer lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The research, published in Communications Biology, is a [...]

May 11th, 2018|

Colon Cancer Metastasis Breakthrough Discovered at The Hormel Institute

Published discovery may lead to new therapy for deadly cancer  Dr. Tatyana Zykova, along with other scientists in the Cellular & Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, led by Dr. Zigang Dong, published breakthrough colon cancer research in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Dr. Zykova and team discovered how a specific [...]

May 1st, 2018|

University of Minnesota and partners launch statewide cancer clinical trials network

New clinical trials network is funded in partnership with the State of Minnesota Minnesotans living in rural areas throughout greater Minnesota will soon have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery, thanks to a new state-funded partnership between University of Minnesota and the state's major health and research systems. As part of [...]

April 11th, 2018|

Ilana Chefetz Confronts Ovarian Cancer

The University of Minnesota researcher is on the front lines in the fight against the disease. Ilana Chefetz isn’t someone who backs down from a challenge. During her mandatory service in the Israeli military police back in 1997, a male colleague working with her to investigate a motorbike theft opined that young women were not cut [...]

April 2nd, 2018|

Inflammation’s impact on cancer is a breakthrough

The Hormel Institute finds link in colon cancer prevention   Colon cancer could be better treated -- or even prevented -- thanks to continuing discoveries between inflammation and a common cellular process, established in new research by The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.  Dr. Ke Yao of Dr. Zigang Dong's Cellular and Molecular Biology lab  published [...]

March 10th, 2018|

Institute scientist makes liver cancer breakthrough

Discovery suppresses liver tumor growth Dr. Ningling Kang and team from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota published exciting new research in the high impact journal Gastroenterology impacting liver cancer development. The research focuses on the role that specialized cells and enzymes play in tumor growth in the liver. The article, “P300 acetyltransferase mediates stiffness-induced [...]

February 16th, 2018|

Scientists identify new targets to restore damage caused by cancer development

Important discovery has potential for new cancer therapy The Hormel Institute's Drs. Adrian Mansini, Estanislao Peixoto, Suji Jin, Kristen Thelen, and SURE intern researcher Maetzin Cruz-Reyes, along with lab section leader and professor Dr. Sergio Gradilone, published groundbreaking research in the high impact journal Hepatology. The article, "MiR-433 and miR-22 dysregulations induce HDAC6 overexpression and [...]

February 7th, 2018|

Paint the Town Pink Events Start Now!

Eighth annual campaign aims to raise $300,000 and growing  This week marks the beginning of the official 2018 Paint the Town Pink campaign, which runs from January 27-February 11. Communities all across the area are holding events to raise money to support The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge cancer research. Paint the Town Pink started in Austin [...]

January 25th, 2018|

Institute discovery a Wilms’ Tumor breakthrough

Institute discovery a Wilms' Tumor breakthrough Karl R. Potach Foundation funded research published in Carcinogenesis  Researchers from the Cellular and Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute had their cutting edge Wilms' Tumor research discovery published in the top cancer journal, Carcinogenesis. The research team was led by Dr. Kun Yeong Lee and included Drs. [...]

December 21st, 2017|

Institute scientist awarded American Cancer Society grant

Research Scholar Grant will fund melanoma research for four years Dr. James Robinson, head of The Hormel Institute's Cell Signaling and Tumorigenesis lab, was awarded an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant. The nearly $800,000 Research Scholar Grant award will help fund a research project titled “Determination & Validation of Resistance Mechanisms in Melanoma.” Melanoma [...]

November 30th, 2017|

Institute pairs biomarkers to help develop biomedicine

Colon cancer "precision" research makes cover of top cancer journal   Groundbreaking cancer research from The Hormel Institute's Dr. Seung Ho Shin made the cover article of a top online research journal EBioMedicine. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and therefore better and more effective research and treatments for this [...]

November 29th, 2017|

Institute scientist presents prostate cancer research

Conference grants awarded to The Hormel Institute's Dr. Arsheed Ganaie A Hormel Fellow researcher in the Molecular Therapeutics & Cancer Health Disparity lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota received an award from the Society for Basic Urological Research 2017 Fall Symposium in recognition of his excellent research. Dr. Arsheed Ganaie presented his research [...]

November 28th, 2017|

Institute’s colon cancer research published in high impact National Academy of Sciences journal

Research studies affects on immune system in quest to help prevent metastases  Dr. Ke Yao from Dr. Zigang Dong's Cellular and Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota published colon cancer research this week in the top scientific journal  PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The research team included Drs. [...]

November 15th, 2017|

The Hormel Foundation contributions reach record $244.5 million

  Community will be richly impacted with another $8.2 million in gifts  The Hormel Foundation approved a budget of $8.2 million for 2018 grants and annual contributions to benefit Austin-area organizations. With this year's contributions, The Hormel Foundation has distributed $244.5 million to the community, with 86% of that since 2000. "It is a tremendous [...]

November 13th, 2017|

New Researcher at The Hormel Institute Awarded Ovarian Cancer Research Grant

Grant aimed at research to help prevent Ovarian Cancer Recurrence One of The Hormel Institute's new section leaders, Dr. Ilana Chefetz, was awarded a coveted junior faculty grant from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA).  The Liz Tilberis Award honors the OCRFA's late president and provides a three-year grant of $150,000 per year.  It [...]

November 9th, 2017|

Golf tournament raises $4,607 for cancer research

  he Deryl Arnold Memorial Golf Tournament raised $4,607 at this year’s event in support of cancer research for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The Deryl Arnold Memorial Golf Tournament raised $4,607 at this year’s event in support of cancer research for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The tournament, run by [...]

October 20th, 2017|

Leukemia breakthrough provides a new therapeutic strategy

The Hormel Institute research published in top scientific journal  The results of a study led by Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section at The Hormel Institute, were published in Leukemia this week. Dr. Liu’s study shows that fatty acid-binding protein 4 (FABP4) and DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) work together [...]

October 19th, 2017|

The Hormel Institute leads international cancer conference

China-US Hormel (Henan) Cancer Institute hosts forum to further research The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota recently cohosted the 8th China-U.S. Forum on Frontiers of Cancer Research and The 5th Zhengzhou International Cancer Forum on September 14-15, 2017 in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. The quest to accelerate answers to cancer was the mission of the conference [...]

October 4th, 2017|

New discovery in lung cancer at The Hormel Institute

The results of a study led by Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section at The Hormel Institute, were published in the high impact journal Oncogene this week. Dr. Liu’s study shows that DNA methyltransferases (DNMT) and receptor tyrosine kinases (RTK) create a vicious circle that acts as a key [...]

September 7th, 2017|

Austin doctoral student advances to highest level

PhD Thesis Defense at The Hormel Institute Mr. Seung Ho Shin is a 6th year Ph.D. student enrolled in the University of Minnesota (Rochester) Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program. Mr. Shin’s dissertation is entitled “Drug Development and novel combination strategies with phytochemicals for precision medicine in cancer”. A panel of advisors from throughout [...]

August 17th, 2017|

Institute’s research identifies a breakthrough for leukemia therapy

Groundbreaking leukemia research discoveries were published in Clinical Cancer Research, a leading oncology journal, by The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section, and other researchers from Mayo Clinic and the Ohio State University, including Drs. Na Shen, Fei Yan, Jiuxia Pang, Na Zhao, Naseema Gangat, Laichu Wu, [...]

July 26th, 2017|

$200,000 in Paint the Town Pink Grants Distributed

New cancer research projects at The Hormel Institute funded through PTTP Paint the Town Pink had set ambitious goals this year and reached them. The popular fundraiser brought in more than the $300,000 goal and today, the majority of those funds were distributed. Through multi-community PINK events ranging from signature events such as Paint the [...]

June 22nd, 2017|

Dr. Scott Lippman visited The Hormel Institute

Dr. Scott Lippman visited The Hormel Institute on June 14 to meet with Dr. Zigang Dong, faculty members, and to give a seminar titled “Precancer Atlas to Drive Precision Prevention and Immune Interception.” Dr. Lippman is currently the Director of Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego and a member of The Hormel Institute Scientific [...]

June 16th, 2017|

Institute’s research identifies a breakthrough in cancer drug resistance

Discovery featured in Cancer Immunotherapy journal PLOS ONE The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section, and other researchers from Mayo Clinic and SiChuan University, including Drs. Fei Yan, Jiuxia Pang, Yong Peng, Julian R. Molina, and Ping Yang, had groundbreaking research highlighted in PLOS this week. The [...]

June 14th, 2017|

Scientists enjoy Hormel heir art exhibit at The Hormel Institute

While celebrating the 75th year since Jay C. Hormel developed and gifted The Hormel Institute to the University of Minnesota, this summer scientists at the world-class cancer research center in Austin - as well as the public - are invited to enjoy a selection of art pieces created by his son. Thomas DuBois Hormel, a [...]

May 30th, 2017|

2017 Paint the Town PINK tops cancer research goal again

AUSTIN – Thursday, March 30, 2017 – Paint the Town Pink exceeded its 2017 campaign goal. Today PTTP leaders announced southern Minnesota and northern Iowa communities raised $303,367 for cancer research for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. PTTP has raised $1.129 million since 2011 with the first "Paint the Rink Pink" hockey game bringing [...]

May 1st, 2017|

The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Arsheed Ganaie gets Meritorious ‘Young Investigator’ Award

  Important discovery for colon cancer prognosis and prevention April 13, 2017 (Austin, Minnesota) - A scientist from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota received an international meritorious award for his abstract selected by the American Association of Indian Scientists.  The award was given at the AAISR's 24th annual cancer research meeting just held in [...]

April 12th, 2017|

Scientists identify targets inhibiting metastasis of colon cancer

Important discovery for colon cancer prognosis and prevention - Critical discoveries about the metastasis of colon cancer were published this week in EBioMedicine, a leading peer reviewed, open access journal.  The research was led by Drs. Tatyana Zykova, Feng Zhu, Lei Wang, Haitao Li, Ruihua Bai, Do Young Lim, Ke Yao, Ann M. Bode and [...]

April 5th, 2017|

Inhibition of Breast Cancer by Targeting Thromboxane A2 Pathway

npj Precision Oncology new online journal shares discovery of breast cancer inhibitor Nature Partner Journal Precision Oncology today published research identifying a new target that can inhibit breast cancer. In recent research, targeting the estrogen receptor (ER) as a strategy has been the gold standard for breast cancer chemoprevention or preventing breast cancer recurrence, but [...]

April 4th, 2017|

The Hormel Institute launches npj Precision Oncology

Online journal major achievement for cancer center The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, today announced its inaugural launch of Nature Partner Journal (npj) Precision Oncology.  This milestone achievement is a collaboration between one of the world's top research journals (Nature) and The Hormel Institute, a University of Minnesota medical research center located in Austin, Minnesota. [...]

March 20th, 2017|

Institute’s research accepted in Leukemia

Obesity connection to leukemia may lead to new target for treatment The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section, and other researchers including Drs. F. Yan, N. Shen, J.X. Pang, W. Zhang, Ann M. Bode, D. Zhang, M. Litzow and B. Li had groundbreaking research published in the [...]

November 29th, 2016|

The Hormel Institute’s Cancer Research Achieves National Attention

Dr. Ted Hinchcliffe's discoveries focus for Department of Defense  Dr. Edward "Ted" Hinchcliffe, leader of the Cellular Dynamics section at The Hormel Institute in Austin, MN, has his research featured on the US Department of Defense website, specifically the homepage for Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs.  Dr. Hinchcliffe’s research focuses on mitosis, or the division [...]

October 4th, 2016|

7th Annual PTTP launches with new hot air balloon event

2017 likely to reach $1 million mark for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research Paint the Town Pink is planning another record breaking year with favorite events returning and exciting new events such as an extreme long distance hot air balloon event joining the annual effort to support The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota’s world-renowned [...]

October 3rd, 2016|

Institute hosts International Skin Cancer Conference

100 plus scientists further cancer research at The Hormel Institute The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota welcomes skin cancer researchers from around the world for a three-day conference that begins today. The Hormel Institute hosts the 12th International Skin Carcinogenesis Conference, which is co-chaired by Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director.  The conference, held every two [...]

September 22nd, 2016|

The Hormel Foundation gives $197 million in 75 years

Anniversary Recognizes Transformation of Community The Hormel Foundation celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, and leaders gathered today in downtown Austin to recognize the impact of the $197 million given to Austin organizations over 75 years. Through the Foundation's support and leadership, grants have virtually transformed all parts of the Austin community through providing everything [...]

September 21st, 2016|

“Hunt for a Cure” with Pheasants Forever

Mower County chapter offering Oct. 8 event near LeRoy for ‘Paint the Town Pink’ Pheasant hunters from throughout the region will again roam a game preserve near LeRoy in early October as part of a hunt to support research in the fight against breast cancer. Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever is organizing the 2nd [...]

September 19th, 2016|

Norma Foster Memorial Ride Tribute Grows

5th annual event raises $21,600 for cancer research at Institute More than 250 participants including 100 motorcycles and classic cars gathered in northern Iowa this month, leading to a record $21,600 donation for cancer research for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.  As always, 100 % of the donation goes to research. "That is very [...]

August 30th, 2016|

19th Karl Tourney Cancer Research Fundraiser Aug 15

Reaching million dollar mark for 2016 CONTACT:  LANCE POGONES                         lancep@gppaustin.com  cell 507.438.1653  or work 507.433.7593 Nearly $900,000 has been raised in the past 18 years by the Karl R. Potach Foundation. The 19th annual "Karl's Tourney" golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, August 15th at Austin Country Club.  Event organizers are seeking teams, sponsors [...]

June 30th, 2016|

The Hormel Institute featured at Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit

Leadership from The Hormel Institute involved in nationwide effort    Vice President Joe Biden is organizing a Cancer Moonshot Summit, which will spark cancer discussions in communities across the United States. Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Health are hosting the conversation on Wednesday, June 29 in Minneapolis, simulcasting with Vice [...]

June 23rd, 2016|

4th annual Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament and Silent Auction

RYAN GORDON MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT AND SILENT AUCTION   SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016 CEDAR RIVER GOLF COURSE - ADAMS, MINNESOTA 4-PERSON BEST SHOT 12:00 NOON SHOT-GUN START COST: $50 PER PLAYER INCLUDING HAMBURGER MEAL AFTER PLAY CART RENTAL AVAILABLE ($30 AT YOUR EXPENSE) - REGISTER EARLY TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY   NON-GOLFERS --$10 DONATION FOR MEAL [...]

June 3rd, 2016|

The Hormel Institute to host summer open house Saturday

Tours for public to view Institute expansion, world-class cancer research  The Hormel Institute will host the first of three summer open houses this Saturday for anyone interested in touring the newly constructed east addition of 20 laboratories and the Ray Live Learning Center. Free tours will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting [...]

June 2nd, 2016|

The Hormel Institute – 2nd major expansion in 8 years

Institute hosts Grand Opening for 20 new labs and Live Learning Center  Cutting edge cancer research in Southern Minnesota continues to expand thanks to the newly completed expansion of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Hundreds gathered on June 1 to celebrate the two-year building project that more than doubles the size of the cancer [...]

June 1st, 2016|

Institute’s research in top journal Nature

Dr. Hinchcliffe leads groundbreaking cancer research study A recent research study at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota is providing insight into the regulation of chromosome segregation and the mechanisms used by cells to prevent them from forming tumors. Dr. Edward “Ted” Hinchcliffe, leader of the Cellular Dynamics section, directed the research now featured in [...]

May 11th, 2016|

AHS Youth Leadership fundraising with 5K, 5-mile runs

Annual ‘Strides’ run/walk continues support for Institute’s breast cancer research For a sixth-straight year, the Austin High School Youth Leadership Club will raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge breast cancer research by coordinating its annual “Strides for a Cure” run/walk event this weekend. Registration is ongoing for the 6th annual “Strides for [...]

May 6th, 2016|

Live Learning Center ready to launch

Institute encourages gifts to the LLC through April 29th  The Hormel Institute is nearing completion on the new Live Learning Center and the last push for campaign contributions for the state-of-the-art communications and education center continues. The $4.5 million project has received tremendous support with donations still being accepted through next week. Less than $200,000 [...]

April 21st, 2016|

Institute researchers to present at upcoming conferences

The Hormel Institute will share some of its cutting-edge cancer research projects over the coming days at two major conferences that attract top researchers from around the world. Starting Saturday, the 107th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host around 19,000 cancer researchers from more than 60 countries during its [...]

April 18th, 2016|

$15,000 grant secured from Pink Pumpkin Patch at Farmer John’s

New PTTP fundraiser secures $15,000 for breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute A new Paint the Town Pink fundraiser is still reaping the benefits from last year’s season of planting. The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation recently announced The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota as the recipient of this year’s $15,000 grant to support breast [...]

April 1st, 2016|

Institute scientists make strides with prostate cancer research

Dr. Yibin Deng leads team with new work published in ‘EBioMedicine’ Findings from recent preclinical studies at The Hormel Institute may offer new therapeutic strategies for treating aggressive, lethal forms of prostate cancer. Dr. Yibin Deng, leader of the “Cell Death & Cancer Genetics” research section at The Hormel Institute, and his team were recently [...]

March 24th, 2016|

Paint the Town Pink’s $272,000 Fundraiser Surpasses Goal

 PINK efforts throughout region support Institute's breast cancer research Leaders and scientists with The Hormel Institute, “Paint the Town Pink” steering committee, and 2016 PTTP ambassadors unveil the 2016 “Paint the Town Pink” grand total to date of $272,000 in the Institute lobby. More than $272,000 was raised in support of cutting-edge breast [...]

March 17th, 2016|

Annual event raises $36,000 for Institute’s prostate cancer research

“Bowling for the Battle” reaches new record Tom Gillard of Farmers Insurance presents a $36,176 donation Wednesday for prostate cancer research to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong accepted the donation on behalf of the Institute. The donation was raised March 5 at the second “Bowling for the Battle” [...]

March 17th, 2016|

Deadline approaching for summer internships at Institute

SURE program offers college undergraduates 10-week, paid lab experience College students interested in research/health sciences careers are encouraged to apply for this year’s SURE internship program at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. All application materials must be postmarked no later than March 1 to be considered for The Hormel Institute’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience [...]

February 16th, 2016|

Ellis Middle School students raise cancer awareness

Weekend events wrap up 2016 Paint the Town Pink Ellis Middle School students will show off their own “cancer research” and creative and scientific minds on Friday as scientists from The Hormel Institute judge decorated doors, a project for Paint the Town Pink to raise cancer awareness. Each Ellis classroom studied a different type of [...]

February 11th, 2016|

Hy-vee Management Meeting

Around 80 Hy-Vee food store general managers met at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota today to collaborate and share store ideas and information. Senior Vice President Nate Stewart of Des Moines also received a tour of The Hormel Institute and its world-class laboratories and learned of The Hormel Institute’s research of nontoxic anticancer compounds [...]

February 10th, 2016|

PTTP Top Fundraiser Ready to Make Another Splash

4th annual ‘Plunging for Pink’ and other PTTP events kick off official 2016 PTTP  The official 2016 Paint the Town Pink festivities will again start with a splash this year. This Saturday, 200+ polar plungers wearing an array of creative pink costumes will jump into the icy waters of East Side Lake and snowmobilers will [...]

January 28th, 2016|

Hormel Institute researcher awarded $1.7 million grant

Dr. Saleem receives major grant from National Cancer Institute for 5-year study More than $1.7 million has been awarded to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota for research aimed to develop innovative new treatment options for prostate cancer. Dr. Mohammad Saleem (Bhat), leader of the Molecular Chemoprevention & Therapeutics research section at The Hormel Institute, [...]

January 25th, 2016|

MC2 January 2016

Dr. Rebecca Morris of The Hormel Institute gives a presentation on her research Tuesday to attendees of the Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC²) meeting, hosted by Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute. The group meets quarterly to hear presentations on current projects. The collaborative group consists of researchers from The Hormel Institute, University [...]

January 22nd, 2016|

Austin’s Sixth-Graders Inspired by Science in Action

The Hormel Institute Hosts Seventh Annual Sixth-Graders Day  Hundreds of sixth-graders from Austin’s I.J. Holton Intermediate School and Pacelli Catholic Schools visited The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota today for the seventh annual “Sixth Graders Day at The Hormel Institute” aimed at getting students excited about science.  In addition to its cutting edge cancer research, [...]

January 21st, 2016|

Leadership Austin & Minnesota Visit The Hormel Institute

Members of Austin Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Austin and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Minnesota groups visited The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota on Thursday. Over 60 leaders from throughout the community and state learned about The Hormel Institute’s history, toured the world-renowned cancer research medical facility, and spoke with scientists about their cutting edge [...]

January 19th, 2016|
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6th Annual PTTP ready to launch for 2016

PTTP expanding regionally thanks to new Sterling Drug campaign Astrup Drug, Inc. Chief Operating Officer, Sam Ewing, presents a $23,235 donation to Dr. Ann Bode, Associate Director of The Hormel Institute, to support The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota’s cutting-edge breast cancer research. Sterling raised the funds through a Cancer Awareness pins fundraiser at [...]

January 15th, 2016|

Decorating Contest Returns to Add More Pink

Decorating Contest winners invited to Live Learning Center research reception The Paint the Town Pink Steering Committee announces the return of a citywide decorating contest as part of the 2016 Paint the Town Pink initiative. The contest, that last took place in 2013, aims to add more pink around Austin in the coming weeks, helping [...]

January 14th, 2016|

Details coming together for 6th annual PTTP initiative

Blooming Prairie Cancer Group makes $15,000 gift toward 2016 initiative’s $200,000 goal Leaders with the Blooming Prairie Cancer Group present on Tuesday a $15,000 donation to Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, to support breast cancer research. The gift counts toward the $200,000 fundraising goal for the 6th [...]

December 28th, 2015|

Visit by a Chinese Delegation to The Hormel Institute

A group of doctors and administrators from China recently visited The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic Health System-Austin facilities. Members of the visiting delegation met with Mayo Clinic physicians and administrators as well as leaders from The Hormel Institute, including Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong. The group discussed best practices, exchanged [...]

December 4th, 2015|

Top researchers helping guide Institute

Dong creates advisory board to assist expanding research center A Nobel Prize Laureate along with members of the National Academy of Sciences and other renowned medical researchers are serving on a newly created board to help guide The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota into its growing future. Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel [...]

November 24th, 2015|

Austin Runnings store’s “Paint the Town Pink” donation

Austin Runnings store manager Everett Hackensmith presents a $1,493 donation Friday to Paint the Town Pink director Kathi Finley to support The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota’s cutting-edge breast cancer research. Also pictured (left to right) are Runnings team members Mike Aanonson, Nicki Griffith and Diane Whipple. Runnings raised the funds through the Austin store’s [...]

November 20th, 2015|

Home Federal Savings Bank in Austin Donation

Tom Klapperich, president of Home Federal Savings Bank in Austin, presents a $5,000 donation recently for The Hormel Institute’s future Live Learning Center to Gail Dennison, Director of Development & Public Relations; and Dr. James Robinson, a section leader at the Institute.   Home Federal joins other businesses, organizations and individuals locally and statewide that [...]

November 18th, 2015|

University of Minnesota provides $1.5 million for Live Learning Center

Funding will support The Hormel Institute’s collaborative cancer research The Hormel Institute is excited to announce the University of Minnesota has provided $1.5 million toward the establishment of its future Live Learning Center to enhance global scientific collaborations and accelerate cancer research. Expected to be completed in early 2016, the $4.5 million center will feature [...]

November 9th, 2015|

Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever Chapter #670 present a $3,000 donation

Volunteers with Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever Chapter #670 present a $3,000 donation Friday to support breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Paint the Town Pink Director Kathi Finley (far left) and Dr. Margot Cleary, a section leader at The Hormel Institute who studies breast cancer, accept the gift on [...]

November 2nd, 2015|

Brownsdale 5K fundraiser returns for Halloween

Costumes encouraged for 3rd annual ‘Run with the Breast of Us” run/walk Runners and walkers will look more festive at this year’s “Run with the Breast of Us” 5K event in Brownsdale as it takes place for the first time on Halloween morning to raise support for breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University [...]

October 26th, 2015|

New research section joins The Hormel Institute

Dr. Hoeppner opens lab focused on finding better ways to treat lung cancer Lung cancer – the leading cause of cancer-related death for U.S. men and women – is being targeted by the newest section leader to join The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Dr. Luke Hoeppner, an assistant professor, recently opened his Molecular Biology [...]

October 12th, 2015|

Dates announced for 6th annual Paint the Town Pink

PTTP aiming for $200,000 in fundraising for Institute’s breast cancer research Paint the Town Pink is aiming for another record fundraising year that will include more than a dozen new communities joining the annual effort focused on raising awareness and support for The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota’s world-renowned breast cancer research. PTTP Director Kathi [...]

October 2nd, 2015|

Pheasants Forever to host ‘Hunt’ fundraiser

Mower County chapter offering Oct. 3 event near LeRoy for ‘Paint the Town Pink’ Pheasant hunters from throughout the region will roam a game preserve near LeRoy in early October as part of a hunt to support research in the fight against breast cancer. Mower County Habitat & Pheasants Forever is organizing a “Hunt for [...]

September 23rd, 2015|

Pink aplenty at Farmer John’s pumpkin patch

New PTTP fundraiser this weekend for all ages to support Institute’s research You can pick a pink pumpkin or paint a pumpkin pink this weekend, among numerous other activities, at a new fundraiser event in rural Austin to support The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research. Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch is hosting its first “Paint the [...]

September 23rd, 2015|

Prostate cancer focus of new research grant

Dr. Saleem receives $380,000 for 2-year study related to African-Americans Prostate cancer exhibits the most striking racial disparity, with African-American men at a higher risk of being diagnosed with and dying from the disease compared to other racial or ethnic groups. A new federal grant awarded to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota aims to [...]

September 8th, 2015|

Hormel Foods plant raises over $4,200

Annual Deryl Arnold Memorial golf event supports Institute’s cancer research Plant Manager Tim Fritz presents more than $4,200 for cancer research at The Hormel Institute. Dr. Sergio Gradilone (center), a section leader, accepted the gift on behalf of The Hormel Institute’s faculty and staff. Also pictured (left to right) from Hormel Foods are Kim [...]

September 3rd, 2015|