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The Hormel Institute’s sixth annual Sixth Graders Day

  Sixth-graders from Austin’ I.J.Holton Intermediate School arrive Friday at The Hormel Institute for the sixth annual Sixth Graders Day. More than 300 sixth-graders came through the Institute on 11 different tours. More than 300 sixth-graders from Austin’s I.J. Holton Intermediate School came through The Hormel Institute today for the sixth annual Sixth [...]

February 2nd, 2015|

Institute researcher focusing on bone marrow-derived cells

Dr. Rebecca Morris leading new projects targeting skin, breast cancers One of The Hormel Institute’s lead investigators has a new grant to support her innovative studies focused on determining the role of bone marrow-derived cells in the development of skin and breast cancers. Dr. Rebecca Morris, leader of the “Stem Cells and Cancer” research section [...]

January 27th, 2015|

Polar plungers, speeding snowmobiles coming to East Side

3rd annual ‘Plunging for Pink’ to be joined Jan. 31 at lake by first speed run as part of PTTP Snowmobilers will be speeding across the ice of East Side Lake later this month while others take an icy plunge into the water that same day as part of Austin’s 5th annual “Paint the Town [...]

January 20th, 2015|

Plans warming up for 5th annual ‘Paint the Town Pink’

Growing events support saving lives through The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research Organizers are seeking to top the $500,000 mark in overall fundraising for five years with the upcoming 5th annual “Paint the Town Pink” initiative to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research. Since 2011, the Austin area’s “Paint the [...]

January 13th, 2015|

Cancer research donation by Austin Public Schools as part of the “Movember” initiative

The Hormel Institute’s Gail Dennison, Director Public Relations & Development, and Dr. Mohammad Saleem Bhat, a section leader who studies prostate cancer, accept a $1,316 donation this week from Austin Public Schools’ Executive Director of Educational Services John Alberts and Superintendent David Krenz. The funds – which will fully support cancer research – were raised [...]

December 11th, 2014|

Institute identifies key discovery in colon cancer

Newly published paper focused on potential strategy for lowering colorectal deaths Colorectal cancer is one of the most common, deadly cancers but a lack of reliable biomarkers remains a serious issue for detecting the disease early. The study establishes the TXA2 pathway’s importance in the development of colorectal cancer and lays the groundwork for introducing [...]

December 10th, 2014|

The Hormel Foundation to give $7.1 million in 2015

Annual grants benefit Austin area through support of nonprofits   The Hormel Foundation approved $7.1 million in grants as part of its annual contribution budget for 2015 to benefit Austin-area organizations, with the main recipient being The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The Hormel Institute, a world-renowned cancer research center, is the principal recipient of The [...]

December 9th, 2014|

Institute unveils plans for Live Learning Center

250-seat lecture hall to help with global cancer research collaborations Plans for a $4.5 million Live Learning Center were unveiled today by The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota as another way they will continue to grow and collaborate globally on leading cancer research. Institute leaders aim to raise $3 million for the project that will [...]

November 25th, 2014|

Institute adds two cancer research sections

Addition of Drs. Gradilone, Robinson make for 15 faculty overall – triple from ’06 Two more cancer research section leaders have joined The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, filling the last remaining laboratory space created by the 2006-2008 major expansion. Dr. Sergio Gradilone and Dr. James Robinson – both assistant professors now at The Hormel [...]

November 21st, 2014|

Austin Runnings Store Donation

Employees of the Austin Runnings store donated $943 today to support cutting-edge breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota as part of the 5th annual Paint the Town Pink initiative. Pictured (left to right) are store manager Everett Hackensmith; Gail Dennison of The Hormel Institute; Kathi Finley, director of Paint the Town [...]

November 14th, 2014|

Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium Meeting

Scientists focused on ways to prevent cancer gathered Friday afternoon at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota in Austin to present and discuss projects. Dr. Daniel Gallaher of the University of Minnesota gives a presentation on his research Friday at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota in Austin as part of a Minnesota Chemoprevention [...]

October 31st, 2014|

5th annual ‘Paint the Town Pink’ dates set

Institute to host meeting Tuesday for anyone interested in growing PTTP   Tuesday, Oct. 28th 5-6 p.m. The Hormel Institute 801 16th Ave NE Austin, Mn Park in West/Lobby Parking lot Official dates now are set for Austin’s 5th annual “Paint the Town Pink” initiative early next year to raise awareness and support for breast [...]

Hormel Foods Austin Plant employees donate in memory of Deryl Arnold

Hormel Foods Corp.’s Austin Plant Manager Tim Fritz presents a donation of more than $3,500 this week to The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Joshua Liao, a cancer research section leader. Also pictured (left to right) are plant employees Josh Becker, Randy Arhart, Diane Fuller, Jesse Cass, Sue Lunde and Heath Garey along with Gail Dennison, [...]

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Institute awarded pediatric brain cancer research grant

Dr. Edward Hinchcliffe receives funds from U.S. Dept. of Defense for new project One of The Hormel Institute’s research leaders is targeting childhood brain cancer under a new project recently approved for federal funding. Dr. Edward Hinchcliffe, leader of the “Cellular Dynamics” research section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, has been awarded a [...]

October 1st, 2014|

Austin Packers seeking to ‘Pink Out” stadium

3rd annual game Friday to raise support for Institute’s breast cancer research Hass Stadium will be sporting various shades of pink Friday night as the Austin Packers football team and parents raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. The Austin Packers’ 3rd annual “Pink Out Night” football game is this [...]

September 24th, 2014|

Award-winning scientist visits Institute

Major cancer researcher Dr. Michael Karin collaborating, presenting The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong today with our special guest Dr. Michael Karin, an award-winning cancer researcher from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Michael Karin, an award-winning cancer researcher and member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, is visiting [...]

September 18th, 2014|

Prostate cancer patients may benefit from Institute findings

Dr. Yibin Deng leads team with paper now published in ‘Cell Reports’ CELL DEATH AND CANCER GENETICSSection LeaderYibin Deng, M.D., Ph.D.Assistant Professo Men suffering from highly aggressive, lethal forms of prostate cancer potentially could benefit from new findings made in a project led by scientists at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.   [...]

September 8th, 2014|

China delegation visits The Hormel Institute

Vice Governor Wang Yanling leads group to further research partnership A delegation from China’s Henan Province visited The Hormel Institute today for a special event focused on furthering and strengthening The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research. The Honorable Wang Yanling, Vice Governor of Henan Province – one of China’s largest provinces – led the delegation [...]

September 2nd, 2014|

Nobel Prize-winning scientist visits Institute

Dr. Robert Huber shares protein-crystallography expertise with researchers Dr. Robert Huber, a German scientist who won a Nobel Prize in 1988 for his work with protein crystallography, has been sharing his expertise this week with the cancer researchers at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Huber, a Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, gave a seminar [...]

August 11th, 2014|

Institute scientist’s work published in Oncoscience

Dr. Liao leads paper focused on best cell-death mode for treating cancer One of The Hormel Institute’s section leaders has research published this month in a new, major scientific journal, advocating for chemotherapy to focus more on a lesser-used mode of cell death when treating cancer. Dr. Joshua Liao, leader of the “Translational Cancer Research” [...]

July 24th, 2014|

Brownsdale 5K fundraiser returns for second year

Run with the Breast of Us” run/walk supports Institute’s breast cancer research Brownsdale residents are bringing back a popular 5K run/walk from last year to offer another fun event during the city’s annual festival while raising support for The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge breast cancer research. On Aug. 2, the 2nd annual “Run with the Breast [...]

July 23rd, 2014|

Memorial tourney raises nearly $5,900 for Institute’s cancer research

Roger & Shirley Gordon presenting the donation to The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong. The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota on Wednesday received $5,870 in donations from the 2nd annual Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament to support its world-class cancer research in Austin. Roger and Shirley Gordon, whose son Ryan passed [...]

July 3rd, 2014|

Austin High club tops $10,000 mark in overall support

4th annual ‘Strides’ event raises $3,000 for Institute’s breast cancer research Madison Wuertz, president of the Austin High School Youth Leadership Club, presents a $3,000 donation on Wednesday to Dr. Yibin Deng, a section leader at The Hormel Institute, to support breast cancer research. Also pictured (left to right) are Youth Leadership members Grace [...]

June 12th, 2014|

Ryan Gordon Memorial fundraiser returning to Adams

2nd annual golf tourney, silent auction to support The Hormel Institute’s cancer research An Adams native who passed away at age 42 from stomach cancer will be remembered and celebrated this month through a fundraiser involving one of his passions – golf. On Saturday, June 21, the 2nd annual Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament & [...]

June 11th, 2014|

Award-winning scientist visits The Hormel Institute

Vogt’s discovery of cancer-causing genes launched new research era The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong presents a special recognition Tuesday afternoon to Dr. Peter Vogt, a cancer research pioneer whose groundbreaking work helped establish the field of cancer genetics. Vogt, an Executive Vice President at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, [...]

June 10th, 2014|

U of M Regents visit The Hormel Institute

Board touring southern Minnesota, hears about HI’s impact in Austin Pictured together in the center are the Regents Chairman Richard Beeson (brown jacket); Dr. Brian Herman, Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute. Leaders from The Hormel Institute, The Hormel Foundation and [...]

May 30th, 2014|

State leaders celebrate start of Institute expansion

Gov. Dayton, U.S. Sens. Klobuchar, Franken speak at groundbreaking SE View -- The Hormel Institute expansion The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota celebrated today the start of a new expansion project to nearly double in size and greatly enhance its world-class cancer research. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton joined U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and [...]

May 28th, 2014|

Austin High students coordinating yearly 5K fundraiser

4th annual ‘Strides’ run/walk continues support for Institute’s breast cancer research Austin High School students once again are aiming to raise support for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research by coordinating an annual 5K run/walk in May that also will feature a new 5-mile race. Members of Austin High’s Youth Leadership Club are planning the [...]

April 30th, 2014|

Institute scientists to share latest discoveries at AACR

Annual conference brings together best of cancer research from around world Scientists from The Hormel Institute will share their cutting-edge projects this weekend with other top cancer researchers from around the world at a major annual conference. Starting Saturday, the 105th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will host about 18,000 [...]

April 3rd, 2014|

HI Presentations at the AACR Conference

April 1st, 2014|

‘Plunging for Pink” raises over $37,700 for Institute

2nd annual polar plunge more than doubles in support of breast cancer research Organizers with the 2nd annual "Plunging for Pink" polar plunge address the sellout crowd Saturday night during an on-ice program at the Austin Bruins' 4th annual "Paint the Rink Pink" game. This year's plunge drew more than 215 plungers and raised [...]

February 24th, 2014|

AgStar commits $10,000 yearly to Institute

Historic pledge gift continues after donating $30,000 over last 3 years AgStar Fund for Rural America announced today it will make an ongoing commitment to donate $10,000 annually to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research. While the pledge will be evaluated annually, AgStar hopes to inspire other organizations to do the same. AgStar has grown [...]

February 21st, 2014|

Institute researcher’s work highlighted nationally

Department of Defense honors Dr. Saleem’s cutting-edge prostate cancer research Promising research at The Hormel Institute focused on effectively attacking a form of prostate cancer resistant to chemotherapy is being recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Mohammad Saleem, leader of the Molecular Chemoprevention and Therapeutics research section at The Hormel Institute, University [...]

February 20th, 2014|

Brownsdale PTTP, ‘Fishing for a Cure’ this weekend

People encouraged to decorate their home, business with pink for February Two major events are happening this weekend ahead of Austin’s official “Paint the Town Pink” festival, with the 12th annual “Fishing for a Cure” contest at East Side Lake and a flurry of events in Brownsdale. Austin’s annual “Fishing for a Cure” ice-fishing contest [...]

February 6th, 2014|

Rose Creek to host first rural PTTP events Saturday

Festivities to include beanbag tourney, silent auction, pink shoe walk by firefighters Rose Creek will host the first, official rural “Paint the Town Pink” festivities on Saturday in support of The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the Rose Creek Fire Hall will host a beanbag tournament – cost is $20 [...]

January 30th, 2014|

AHS football’s ‘Pink Out Night’ returns Wednesday

2nd annual game supports The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge breast cancer research Pink Packers and Cougars will converge on Hass Stadium this Wednesday night to raise awareness of breast cancer and support for The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge research against the disease. The 2nd annual “Pink Out Night” fundraising night will happen Wednesday evening at Hass Stadium [...]

October 14th, 2013|

‘Paint the Town Pink’ spreading beyond Austin

Brownsdale first community to officially plan own PTTP fundraising in February Pink plans for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research are expanding outside of Austin into surrounding communities, with Brownsdale first to officially set dates. Following an invitation to southern Minnesota and neighboring communities to join the annual fundraiser, Brownsdale residents formed a PTTP committee [...]

October 3rd, 2013|

Annual Hormel Foods Tourney Supports Institute Again

(Left to right): Gail Dennison, The Hormel Institute; Jesse Cass, Hormel Foods; Sue Lunde, Hormel Foods; Diane Fuller, Hormel Foods; Liz Nelson, Hormel Foods; Tim Fritz, Austin Plant Manager, Hormel Foods; Associate Director Dr. Ann M. Bode, The Hormel Institute; Dr. Edward Hinchcliffe, The Hormel Institute; Elton Edland, Hormel Foods; and Dr. Joshua Liao, [...]

August 28th, 2013|

‘Paint the Town Pink’ details announced for 2014 festival

Goal to raise $150,000 for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research Volunteers for the annual “Paint the Town Pink” initiative announced today their goal to raise $150,000 in February to support The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Recognizing today as the six-month mark from the start of the 2014 festival, members of the “Paint [...]

August 14th, 2013|

Over 200 registered so far for Austin’s first ‘Color Dash’

5K event to serve as early kickoff for 2nd annual Austin ArtWorks festival More than 200 people already have registered for Austin’s first “5 for 5” Color Dash 5K Walk/Fun Run later this month at the Historic Downtown Power Plant. Calling itself “the world’s brightest 5K,” The Color Dash organization based in Owatonna will start [...]

August 2nd, 2013|

New 5K in Brownsdale to support breast cancer research

Run/walk event to raise funds for The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge work After doctors found a mass during her routine mammogram in 2012, Tina Ellis decided – without hesitation – to have a double mastectomy due to her family’s strong history of cancer. Now, Ellis is leading the first “Run with the Breast of Us” 5K [...]

July 30th, 2013|

Group of girls from Austin donated money to The Hormel Institute’s cancer research

A group of girls from Austin donated $50 today in support of The Hormel Institute's cancer research. They raised the money by offering face-painting at the Jellystone Campground, east of Austin, in late June. (left to right) are Katherine Schumacher, Payton Kempen, Sophia Tweeten, Ellie Guanella, Natalie Guanella, Nora Tweeten and Dr. Zigang Dong. [...]

July 22nd, 2013|

Institute researchers publish article in Nature

Dr. Edward Hinchcliffe  -  Cellular Dynamics Section Dr. Rhoderick Brown - Membrane Biochemistry Section at the Hormel Institute Drs. Brown, Hinchcliffe lead team behind discovery featured in top science journal Researchers at The Hormel Institute led a group of scientists in discovering a “missing link” in the major cell pathway involved in chronic inflammation, [...]

July 22nd, 2013|

New memorial golf tourney donates nearly $2,500

Roger and Shirley Gordon, of Adams, presented on Tuesday a $2,450 donation to The Hormel Institute in their son’s memory. Event dedicated to Adams native Ryan Gordon who died from cancer in 2011 Friends and family of the late Ryan Gordon, who passed away in November 2011 from stomach cancer at age 42, [...]

July 17th, 2013|

5 nonprofits combine for first ‘Color Dash’ in Austin

The Hormel Institute, other groups to benefit from 5K walk/fun run on Aug. 18 Austin will get a significant dash of color later this summer when The Hormel Institute joins four other local nonprofits to raise money for their charitable efforts through a new 5K walk/run. Austin’s first “5 for 5” Color Dash 5K Walk/Fun [...]

June 25th, 2013|

Institute finds skin cancer inhibitor in milk thistle

Team led by Dr. Zigang Dong shows natural anticancer agent silybin inhibits melanoma   Researchers at The Hormel Institute have discovered that an anticancer agent in milk thistle significantly inhibits the growth of melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer afflicting millions of people worldwide. The cutting-edge discovery by a research team led by The [...]

May 20th, 2013|

AHS club’s 3rd annual Strides fights breast cancer

5K run/walk to raise support for The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge research Young leaders from Austin High School once again are raising support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research by organizing a 5K run/walk Saturday morning. Members of the AHS Youth Leadership Club, which last year raised $2,500 for The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge breast [...]

May 15th, 2013|

Institute research professor to share expertise with Ellis students

Dr. Hinchcliffe to give 7th-graders presentations about science and research AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, March 14, 2013 — Dr. Edward “Ted” Hinchcliffe, a section leader at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, will give educational and entertaining presentations throughout the day on Monday to 7th-grade students at Austin’s Ellis Middle School. As part of [...]

March 14th, 2013|

‘Paint the Town Pink’ raises over $110,500 in donations

2nd annual citywide initiative supports The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research "Paint the Town Pink" funds will go 100 percent directly to supporting The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge research into ways to prevent and control breast cancer. Austin’s 2nd annual "Paint the Town Pink" has raised more than $110,500 for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned [...]

February 15th, 2013|

‘Paint the Rink Pink’ tops $100,000 over 3 years

Austin Bruins raise nearly $40,000 from this year’s game for Institute’s breast cancer research Austin Bruins owner Craig Patrick on Monday presented The Hormel Institute's Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong with a $39,819 donation from the hockey team's 3rd annual "Paint the Rink Pink" game Feb. 2. Also pictured (left to right) are The [...]

February 13th, 2013|

New events to conclude 2nd annual ‘Paint the Town Pink’

‘Pretty in Pink’ movie, polar plunge to support The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research. AUSTIN, Minn. – Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 — Two new events this weekend will conclude Austin’s 2nd annual “Paint the Town Pink” festivities to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Historic Paramount Theatre is hosting [...]

February 7th, 2013|

Free Seminar to Discuss Lowering Cancer Risk with Food, Fitness

Dr. Margot Cleary, breast cancer researcher at The Hormel Institute, to speak Wednesday Dr. Margot Cleary, one of The Hormel Institute’s section leaders focused on breast cancer research, will give a presentation Wednesday as part of a new “Staying in the Pink” health seminar. Free to the public, the “Staying in the Pink” seminar will [...]

February 5th, 2013|

Local Sixth-graders to Get Unique Tour of Institute

Science demos, high-tech cancer research part The Hormel Institute’s 4th annual Ellis Day Media are invited to follow Austin sixth-graders as they tour The Hormel Institute throughout today as part of the 4th annual Ellis Day. Hundreds of students from Austin’s Ellis Middle School will meet scientists and experience interactive – as well as messy [...]

January 30th, 2013|

‘Hoops for Hope’ makes first major PTTP donation

AHS boys basketball team, booster club raise $2,500 for Institute’s breast cancer research Austin High School’s boys basketball team and its booster club donated $2,500 today to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research, making it the first major donation of Austin’s 2nd annual "Paint the Town Pink" initiative that officially starts Friday, [...]

January 30th, 2013|

New contest encourages all to decorate in pink

"Paint the Town Pin'’ free contest signup due Friday; décor must be ready by Feb. 1 A new "Paint the Town Pink" citywide contest is aiming to add more pink around Austin in the coming weeks, helping to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. This Friday is the signup [...]

January 18th, 2013|

Packer boys basketball to shoot ‘Hoops for Hope’

Team, parents supporting Institute’s breast cancer research Thursday with pink event AUSTIN, Minn. – Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 — As an early kickoff for the 2nd annual “Paint the Town Pink,” the Austin Packers boys basketball team and their parents will raise awareness and support Thursday evening for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. [...]

January 15th, 2013|

Institute leader awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants

Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong targeting skin, colon cancers with new funds   AUSTIN, Minn. – Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 — Nearly $1.8 million in federal grants have been approved for research led by The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong that is focused on preventing skin and colon cancers. One grant totals about [...]

January 7th, 2013|

Packer football parents donate “Pink Out Night” funds

Members of the Austin Packers football team present a check on Tuesday for $790 to The Hormel Institute's Dr. Yibin Deng, a research section leader, and Gail Dennison, Director of Development and Public Relations, outside of Hass Stadium. The team's parent booster club raised the funds for breast cancer research during an inaugural "Pink [...]

November 1st, 2012|

Packer football parents donate ‘Pink Out Night’ funds

First-time event raises $790 for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 — Austin High School’s football parents, players and others recently helped raise $790 for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. On Tuesday, members of The Hormel Institute, the Austin Packers football team and the [...]

November 1st, 2012|

Annual golf tourney supports The Hormel Institute

Deryl Arnold Memorial Golf Tournament now has donated over $10,000 since 2009 AUSTIN, Minn. – Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 — Nearly $2,400 was donated Tuesday by employees of the Hormel Foods Corporation’s Austin plant in support of The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research. Hormel Foods employees presented a check to The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director [...]

October 24th, 2012|

Packer football parents to host ‘Pink Out Night’ Friday

First-time event to support The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge breast cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – Wednesday, Oct. 10 — Pink will be sported along with the usual Austin Packers scarlet and white colors during Friday night’s football game as part of an inaugural effort to raise awareness and support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer [...]

October 11th, 2012|

Institute announces next worldwide development

Gov. Dayton, Sen. Klobuchar, Rep. Walz help greet Chinese leaders behind partnership AUSTIN, Minn. — Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 — Leaders from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, and China’s Henan Province announced a major partnership development today that will accelerate discoveries aimed for improving health worldwide. Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong of The [...]

October 11th, 2012|

Institute Receives Major Funding for Skin Cancer Study

Dr. Morris awarded 5-year federal grant totaling more than $1.7 million Dr. Rebecca Morris. AUSTIN, Minn. – Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012 — A five-year federal grant totaling more than $1.7 million has been awarded for skin cancer research led by Dr. Rebecca Morris, leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer section at The [...]

August 23rd, 2012|

Institute Remembers Former Director

Dr. Ralph T. Holman well known for researching, naming omega-3, omega-6   AUSTIN, Minn. – Thursday, Aug. 16 — Dr. Ralph T. Holman, a highly distinguished scientist and former Executive Director of The Hormel Institute who named the omega-3 fatty acids, died Wednesday at age 94. Holman, who joined The Hormel Institute in [...]

August 17th, 2012|

Tolly Tourney Donates Thousands Again to Institute

2nd annual memorial golf event raises $13,500 to support cancer research in Austin More than $13,000 in donations are going toward The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research thanks to significant support from the 2nd annual Dave “Tolly” Tollefson Memorial Golf Tournament. Tollefson’s wife, family and friends on Monday presented a check for $13,500 [...]

August 14th, 2012|

The Hormel Institute again offering summer open houses

Free, monthly event starts Thursday, gives inside look at world-renowned cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – June 26, 2012 — World-renowned cancer research will be on display Thursday evening as The Hormel Institute offers its first of three scheduled open houses for the public this summer. The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic will offer an [...]

June 27th, 2012|

President of large Chinese medical college visits

Delegation from Guangdong Medical College tours The Hormel Institute in Austin AUSTIN, Minn. — Friday, June 15, 2012 — A president of a large medical college in China brought his traveling delegation Friday morning to The Hormel Institute for a tour of the state-of-the-art research facility led by Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong. [...]

June 15th, 2012|

AHS club raises funds again for The Hormel Institute

Students give $2,500 from 2nd annual ‘Strides for a Cure’ to support breast cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – Tuesday, June 12, 2012 — Austin High School’s Youth Leadership Club donated $2,500 on Tuesday in support of The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research after raising money for the second-straight year through a “Strides [...]

June 13th, 2012|

President of cancer center in China visits The Hormel Institute

AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, May 31 — Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, on Thursday hosted the president of the Cancer Institute & Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CIHCAMS). Dr. Jie He, whose own research includes novel work in cancer diagnostics and therapeutics, was visiting as a guest speaker [...]

June 1st, 2012|

Legislators honored for work to secure bonding for Institute

City of Austin officials now starting planning process; groundbreaking possibly late this year AUSTIN, Minn. – Tuesday, May 15 – Local leaders today thanked their local legislators Sen. Dan Sparks and Rep. Jeanne Poppe , among other state legislators, for their successful efforts in the Legislature’s recent session to secure bonding funds to support The [...]

May 15th, 2012|

Bonding bill gives full funding request for Institute expansion

Bipartisan support leads legislators to include $13.5 million for cancer-research project AUSTIN, Minn. – Tuesday, May 8 —State legislators on Monday approved the full $13.5 million in bonding funds requested by Austin Port Authority to help expand The Hormel Institute, allowing construction to begin within the year. Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated his support for [...]

May 8th, 2012|

AHS students offer second 5k walk/run against cancer

Event to raise money again for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – Tuesday, May 1 — Austin High School students again are supporting The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research by raising money through a 5k walk/run this month. Members of the AHS Youth Leadership Club – which last year raised $2,500 [...]

May 1st, 2012|

Dong to co-lead cancer prevention session at national conference

Executive director, 20 other scientists from The Hormel Institute to present at AACR event AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, March 29 — Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, will help lead a session focused on new approaches to cancer prevention at an upcoming national conference in Chicago. Dong will [...]

April 2nd, 2012|

Dong to co-lead cancer prevention session at national conference

Executive director, 20 other scientists from The Hormel Institute to present at AACR event AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, March 29 — Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, will help lead a session focused on new approaches to cancer prevention at an upcoming national conference in Chicago. Dong will [...]

April 2nd, 2012|

The Hormel Institute taking internship applications until March 31

Deadline approaching for undergraduate college students interested in 10-week, paid opportunity AUSTIN, Minn. — Monday, March 19 — Applications are due in full by the end of March for college undergraduates interested in the 10-week, paid summer internship offered by The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic. Items must be postmarked no later than March [...]

March 19th, 2012|

The Hormel Institute taking internship applications until March 31

  Deadline approaching for undergraduate college students interested in 10-week, paid opportunity AUSTIN, Minn. — Monday, March 19 — Applications are due in full by the end of March for college undergraduates interested in the 10-week, paid summer internship offered by The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic. Items must be postmarked no later than [...]

March 19th, 2012|

Institute hosts winners of its science fair awards

Students from Austin’s public, private schools take tour of world-renowned cancer research center   AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, March 15 — Austin students who received a special award from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic during this year’s local science fairs got to take a tour of the world-renowned cancer research facility [...]

March 19th, 2012|

Institute hosts winners of its science fair awards

Students from Austin’s public, private schools take tour of world-renowned cancer research center AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, March 15 — Austin students who received a special award from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic during this year’s local science fairs got to take a tour of the world-renowned cancer research facility on [...]

March 19th, 2012|

Scientists from The Hormel Institute work with Ellis students

For third-straight year, Institute researchers visit Austin middle school for day-long science activities AUSTIN, Minn. — Tuesday, March 13 — Scientists from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic worked with about 600 students in 7th and 8th grades throughout the day on Tuesday, March 13, at the Ellis Middle School’s classroom science [...]

March 14th, 2012|

Scientists from The Hormel Institute to work with Ellis students

  For third-straight year, Institute researchers visit Austin middle school for day-long science activities AUSTIN, Minn. — Tuesday, March 13 — Scientists from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic worked with about 600 students in 7th and 8th grades throughout the day on Tuesday, March 13, at the Ellis Middle School’s classroom [...]

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‘Paint the Town Pink’ tops $62,500 in overall donations

Austin’s first citywide effort to decorate itself in pink has led to more than $62,500 raised for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research.

February 15th, 2012|Tags: |

‘Fishing for a Cure’ posts record donation, turnout

Annual ice-fishing contest in Austin raises about $12,000 for the Institute’s cancer research AUSTIN – Monday, February 13 — With about 270 people ice fishing – more than double the previous high for a turnout in its 10-year history – “Fishing for a Cure” recently netted nearly $12,000 in donations for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned [...]

February 14th, 2012|

‘Paint the Rink Pink’ donation in ’12 soars higher

Austin Bruins present more than $38,000 for The Hormel Institute’s breast cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – Friday, February 10 — More than $38,000 is going to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research thanks to the Austin Bruins’ 2nd annual “Paint the Rink Pink” fundraiser game last weekend that drew a sellout crowd of nearly [...]

February 13th, 2012|

Institute study makes key finding in stem cell self-renewal

Cancer research by The Hormel Institute published in top scientific journal February 5, 20112 – Austin, Minn. - A University of Minnesota-led research team has proposed a mechanism for the control of whether embryonic stem cells continue to proliferate and stay stem cells, or differentiate into adult cells like brain, liver or skin. The work [...]

February 7th, 2012|

The Hormel Institute says THANK YOU !

  The Hormel Institute gives our community a huge THANK YOU for the "Paint the Rink Pink" and "Paint the Town Pink" events during February 1-5. Donations from the weekend are still pouring in. Estimates show well over $31,000 will be given to The Hormel Institute for breast cancer research from the Austin Bruins' hockey [...]

February 6th, 2012|

Institute Director Receives Top Award

South Korea selects Dr. Zigang Dong for 2011 Ohdang Award AUSTIN, Minn. – Friday, Dec. 2, 2011 — One of the scientific community’s more prestigious awards was given to The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Zigang Dong.  The Ohdang Award, sponsored by the Pharmaceutical Society of Korea and Professor Sangsup Lee, is given annually for [...]

December 5th, 2011|

Bioscience Triad strengthened through new collaboration

University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, The Hormel Foundation sign Institute agreement   *(Left to right) Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute; Richard L. Knowlton, chairman of The Hormel Foundation; President Eric Kaler of the University of Minnesota; and Dr. Glenn Forbes of Mayo Clinic took part in a major collaborative agreement signing [...]

October 6th, 2011|

AgStar commits $30,000 to The Hormel Institute

    Partnership creates new annual gift plan to benefit Institute’s world-renowned cancer research      In its ongoing efforts to improve the future for rural communities, the AgStar Fund for Rural America has committed $30,000 overall for the next three years to supporting The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research.   This annual giving plan – [...]

October 6th, 2011|

Golf tourney donates again to The Hormel Institute

Deryl Arnold Memorial Golf Tournament gives more than $3,000 for cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 — Employees from the Hormel Foods Corporation’s Austin plant donated more than $3,000 on Friday, Sept. 23, to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research. Hormel Foods workers who participated in the annual Deryl Arnold Memorial Golf [...]

September 29th, 2011|

Institute Gets 5-year Grant to Study Breast Cancer

Dr. Cleary awarded $1.5 million to research diabetes drug’s potential anti-cancer effects More than $1.5 million for breast cancer research has been awarded to Dr. Margot Cleary, leader of the Nutrition and Metabolism section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. Funded through 2016, the federal grant will support research to determine [...]

September 8th, 2011|

Bicyclists raising money for The Hormel Institute’s cancer research

Austin’s Coast to Coasters to ride nearly 3,500 miles from Oregon to Massachusetts (Left to right) Dr. Dick Schindler; Julie Thomsen (support driver); Jerry Ulwelling; Roe Erlandson; Terry Fox; and Dave Thomsen prepare to depart July 29 from The Hormel Institute. Austin Daily Herald photo Five men – four from Austin and a former long-time [...]

August 3rd, 2011|

Agent shows potential to treat prostate cancer

Researchers suggest lupeol – found in fruits, vegetables – good candidate for clinical testing Lupeol, a chemical constituent found in fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants, shows strong potential for being tested in clinical trials to treat prostate cancer, according to a study led by researchers at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic.             Dr. [...]

July 26th, 2011|

Walk for a Cancer Free World – part of Freedom Fest

The Hormel Institute offers event to raise awareness about its world-renowned cancer research [ Download Registration Form ] People of all ages will be walking together next weekend from The Hormel Institute to Austin’s Bandshell Park as part of the first “Walk for a Cancer Free World.” As a new event with the annual Freedom [...]

June 24th, 2011|

Institute gets Grant for Computational Cancer Research

Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong awarded contract to study chemopreventive agents A nearly $500,000 grant has been awarded to Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, to use computer simulations in studying compounds that show potential for preventing cancer. Awarded this spring, the subcontract for $499,668 runs through June [...]

June 20th, 2011|

AHS club raises $2,500 for The Hormel Institute

High-school students donate money for breast cancer research from first 5k run/walk Austin High School students have donated $2,500 to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research after raising money by organizing a 5k run/walk charity event in May. Members of Austin High’s Youth Leadership Club, a group dedicated to community-wide service work, approached their [...]

June 2nd, 2011|

New research grant focused on breast cancer

Dr. Liao’s section to create world’s first list of breast cancer specific Fusion RNAs A $571,875 grant to study breast cancer has been awarded to Dr. Joshua Liao, leader of the Translational Cancer Research section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and Mayo Clinic. Funded through April 2013, the two-year grant from the U.S. [...]

June 2nd, 2011|

AHS students plan 5k walk/run to fight cancer

AUSTIN, Minn. – Wednesday, May 4 — Austin High School students prove philanthropy can begin early with their 5k walk/run this month at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center. The proceeds raised will support The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Members of Austin High’s Youth Leadership Club selected The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo [...]

May 4th, 2011|

U.S. Sen. Franken tours The Hormel Institute

Senator makes his first visit to one of Minnesota’s top cancer research facilities U.S. Sen. Al Franken got a firsthand look Wednesday at the cutting-edge cancer research performed at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, during his first visit to the medical research facility. Leaders from the Austin community – including representatives from the [...]

April 29th, 2011|

MPRnews: Minnesota Public Radio features The Hormel Institute with “Sounds of Science”

Minnesota Public Radio's "Minnesota Sounds" series recently featured the world-renowned cancer research of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo, in a segment titled, "Austin: Sounds of Science." It focuses on Dr. Rebecca Morris, a professor who leads the Stem Cells and Cancer research section at The Hormel Institute, and the numerous scientific sounds that can [...]

April 14th, 2011|

Scientists from The Hormel Institute to present at national conference

Local researchers to discuss their cutting-edge work at American Association of Cancer Research Several scientists from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, will present their cutting-edge work at the upcoming American Association of Cancer Research conference. The 102nd AACR annual meeting, running from Saturday to Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., showcases the best and latest [...]

April 6th, 2011|