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Fishing for a Cure

Leaders of the annual "Fishing for a Cure" ice-fishing fundraiser -- Jim Nelson, Duane Smith and Mark Turvey -- presented Dr. Joshua Liao, one of the section leaders at The Hormel Institute, with a check for $3,101 to go 100 percent directly toward cancer research. In the past three years, "Fishing for a Cure" has [...]

March 31st, 2011|

The Hormel Institute awarded $425,000 cancer research grant

A $425,000 federal grant is coming to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, to support research into the effectiveness of potential agents for preventing certain types of cancer. The National Cancer Institute, part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health, approved the eight-month grant this week for The Hormel Institute’s Associate Director, Dr. [...]

March 1st, 2011|

Hormel Institute researchers show plants may help prevent cancer

Researchers are studying plant chemicals that can be used to target specific molecular targets AUSTIN, Minn. – (Tuesday, Feb. 21) –   University of Minnesota Hormel Institute researchers believe plant-based food could be used as an effective intervention therapy for cancer prevention, especially for those at high risk of developing the disease. The findings – a [...]

February 23rd, 2011|

Austin Bruins first annual event raises $22,370 for The Hormel Institute

Every dollar donated from ‘Paint the Rink Pink’ will go directly into breast cancer research Austin Bruins owner Craig Patrick on Feb. 8 announced that $22,370 will be coming to The Hormel Institute for its breast cancer research and that “Paint the Rink Pink” will become an annual event. Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of [...]

February 23rd, 2011|

Paint the Rink Pink

   In support of The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned research, the Austin Bruins will wear PINK to battle cancer… “Paint the Rink Pink” Saturday, February 5th 7:00 pm Riverside Arena, Austin PINK custom hockey jerseys will be worn (AND AUCTIONED OFF!) by the Austin Bruins during their hockey game against the Coulee Region Chill – and [...]

January 20th, 2011|

Ellis students work with scientists from The Hormel Institute

Day-long activity Tuesday in its second year at middle school, part of Institute’s education initiative AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, Dec. 2 — Scientists from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic worked on Tuesday, Nov. 30, with students at Austin’s Ellis Middle School in their new science laboratories.     For the second-straight year, The Hormel [...]

December 2nd, 2010|

National group recognizes research by team at The Hormel Institute

Dr. Saleem’s lab section receives award for work on specific protein found in prostate cancer AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, Dec. 2 — A research section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic has been recognized by a national organization for identifying the role of a protein connected with the proliferation of prostate cancer cells. [...]

December 2nd, 2010|

Open house as part of Austin’s “Christmas in the City.”

With a Christmas tree already decorated in its lobby, The Hormel Institute-University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic is getting ready for its first year of participating in Austin’s “Christmas in the City” festivities     An open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, will give people a chance to learn about The Hormel Institute’s [...]

November 24th, 2010|

The Hormel Institute hosts 2nd annual Ellis Day

Hundreds of Austin sixth-graders recently got to experience science in action and learn about today's cutting-edge cancer research. Sixth-grade students and faculty from Austin's public and private middle schools toured The Hormel Institute throughout the day Nov. 4 as part of the second annual Ellis Day. Students from Ellis Middle School arrived about every half [...]

November 10th, 2010|

Memorial golf event gives more than $3,600 to The Hormel Institute

Annual tournament generates money for cancer research, increases its donor status level  An annual golf outing in memory of a former Hormel Foods plant manager has led to more than $3,000 donated this year for cancer research at The Hormel Institute. Officials with the Deryl Arnold Memorial Golf Tournament presented a check for $3,662 to [...]

September 27th, 2010|

The Hormel Institute to honor 5th District Eagles’ fundraising success

   Appreciation event Saturday intended for club members, supporters of annual Cancer TelethonIn the past decade, the 5th District Eagles has given nearly $1.2 million to The Hormel Institute for cancer research, including a little more than $1 million since 2003.    Donated funds from the annual Eagles Cancer Telethon - hosted every January in [...]

September 8th, 2010|

The Hormel Institute study reveals capsaicin can act as cocarcinogen

  Research links chemical in widely consumed foods to skin cancer    The September cover story of the nation’s leading cancer journal, Cancer Research, features a new study from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic, that links capsaicin, a component of chili peppers, to skin cancer.     While the molecular mechanisms of the cancer-promoting effects [...]

September 2nd, 2010|

U.S. Rep. Walz views high-tech research instruments he helped fund

Congressman has secured nearly $2 million in federal grants since '06 for The Hormel Institute The Hormel Institute honored U.S. Rep. Tim Walz on Aug. 11 for being a "Hero of Cancer Research AUSTIN, Minn. - Wednesday, Aug. 11 - U.S. Rep. Tim Walz today viewed cancer-fighting tools he secured through federal funding during a [...]

August 12th, 2010|

Nearly $1.3 million in grants coming to The Hormel Institute

Funding covers five cancer-research projects underway More than $1 million in grants has been approved for five cancer research projects being conducted at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic. Three grants involve studies related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. The others will perform research related to pancreatic cancer, which has [...]

July 30th, 2010|

The Hormel Institute hosting summer open house Friday

University of Minnesota cancer-research facility in Austin to offer tours, demos WHO: The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic. WHAT: Monthly, summer open house. WHERE: West lobby, The Hormel Institute, 801 16th Ave. N.E., Austin. WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 30. PHOTO/VIDEO OPTIONS: People taking the tour or viewing demonstrations. WEBSITE: [...]

July 29th, 2010|

Nearly $1.3 million in grants coming to The Hormel Institute

Funding covers five cancer-research projects underway More than $1 million in grants has been approved for five cancer-research projects being conducted at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Three of the grants will involve studies related to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. The others will perform research related to pancreatic cancer, which [...]

July 22nd, 2010|


Medical Research Center's Research Support Services department  will focus on Technology Needs for Cancer Research June 24, 2010, Austin, Minn. - After 15 years and accomplishments including being first to bring internet service to Austin residents and companies, Southern Minnesota Internet Group (SMIG) will be transitioned out of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic. [...]

June 24th, 2010|


 Research on cell death mechanisms by natural products is explored. May 7, 2010 - Austin, MN. Dr. Marc Diederich of Luxembourg's "Fondation ‘Recherche sur le Cancer et les Maladies du Sang' Laboratoire de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire du Cancer Hôpital Kirchberg" shared his area of cancer research expertise with scientists from The Hormel Institute, University [...]

May 12th, 2010|

Walz requests $5 million for The Hormel Institute

Thursday, March 25, 2010 Austin, Minnesota -March 25, 2010 - The Hormel Institute is one of the projects on a list of funding requests Congressman Tim Walz recently submitted to the House Appropriations Committee. The 2011 appropriation request called for $5 million to The Hormel Institute for the second phase of the Institute's expansion. The [...]

May 6th, 2010|

Ice Fishing Cancer Research Fundraiser

Hormel Foods Corporation's Austin plant employees - Jim Nelson, Duane Smith and Mark Turvey -  presented Dr. Zigang Dong of The Hormel Institute with $2100 from the 2nd Annual "Fish For a Cure" ice fishing cancer research fundraiser.  The  group stated "everyone is affected by cancer and we wanted to support the research that is [...]

March 26th, 2010|


Says projects will create jobs, spur economic growth Washington, DC - Today, Rep. Walz voted to make targeted investments in areas that will rebuild our economy and to secure critical projects in southern Minnesota that will create jobs. "My number one priority is rebuilding our economy and creating jobs in Minnesota," said Rep. Walz. "Local [...]

December 15th, 2009|

The Hormel Institute leads successful China-US Forum on Frontiers of Cancer Research: Focus on Prevention

AUSTIN, Minn.—November 20, 2009—The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and research partner of Mayo Clinic,  today announced Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director,  reports findings from the cancer prevention conference he co-chaired in Changsha, Chinawas a great success both in the ground-breaking research shared among leading collaborators and its outstanding attendance.   Dong reports the conference [...]

November 20th, 2009|

The Hormel Institute receives nearly $.5 million to Research Skin Cancer

Grant Secured Through Federal Stimulus Package Funding AUSTIN, Minn.—October 2, 2009—The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and research partner of Mayo Clinic,  today announces Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director, was awarded $495,210 for a two-year skin cancer research project.  Skin cancer is the number one cancer in terms of incidence in the United States.   [...]

October 2nd, 2009|

New Findings Published in Cancer Prevention Research

The Way You Eat May Affect Your Risk for Breast Cancer   · Method of restricting calories is important in tumor prevention · Periods of restriction provide protection · Calorie restriction alters hormone levels, influences cancer risk PHILADELPHIA - How you eat may be just as important as how much you eat, if mice studies [...]

August 4th, 2009|

The Hormel Institute expansion hiring continues

Cancer Research Sections Have Doubled Since Project Began AUSTIN, Minn.—July 23, 2009—The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota and research partner of Mayo Clinic today announces three new cancer sections have been added since the expansion was completed in 2008.  Hiring of five more faculty section leaders is underway as well as staff positions to support [...]

July 27th, 2009|

The Cellular and Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute is featured on cover of Cancer Research journal this month

  The work of Dr. Yong Yeon Cho and Dr. Zigang Dong of The Hormel Institute's Cellular and Molecular Biology group was featured on the cover of Cancer Research (May 15, 2009). The work featured a natural compound known as kaempferol, which is highly abundant in green onions. This compound was found to potently suppress [...]

June 1st, 2009|

Austin Daily Herald Article – Making a Difference

The Hormel Institute is Honored for Tourism By David Richards | Austin Daily Herald Published Tuesday, May 12, 2009 In 2006, the Hormel Institute in Austin launched a $23.4 million expansion project, adding a new two-story research building for housing 20 state-of-the-art research laboratories. The official dedication and grand opening of the project was held [...]

May 13th, 2009|


AUSTIN, Minn., January 15, 2009 -  The Hormel Institute’s Cancer Biology Professor Dr. Junxuan Johnny  Lu will be leading a study on a five-year research project to study an Oriental herbal compound which may help prevent prostate cancer.  Prostate cancer is the second cause of cancer death to men in the United States, according to [...]

January 16th, 2009|


AUSTIN, Minn., January 15, 2009 -  Business leaders from across the state will visit The Hormel Institute today hosted by the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.  “Leadership Minnesota”, comprised of some 35 business executives from companies across the state of Minnesota along with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, will tour The Hormel Institute as part of [...]

January 15th, 2009|

Anticarcinogenic Mechanisms of Tea Constituents

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death in today's world. An effective way to prevent cancer is to decrease exposure to cancer risk factors, increase the intake of anticancer agents, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Various dietary factors, including many isolated from green tea, black tea, broccoli, ginger root, grapes, and other fruits [...]

October 9th, 2008|

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic and The Hormel Foundation Dedicate New Research Building and Celebrate Expansion Project Grand Opening

Minnesota leaders will gather to applaud the research center’s major expansion   AUSTIN, Minn. Oct. 3, 2008 – The official dedication and grand opening of The Hormel Institute Expansion Project will be celebrated today in Austin, Minn., with 400 supporters in attendance.  Leaders throughout the state will be present for The Hormel Institute Dedication, including [...]

October 3rd, 2008|


Research will focus calorie restriction  and consumption of EPA found in fish AUSTIN, MN (September 5 , 2008) – Cancer researcher Michael Grossmann, Ph.D., with The  Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, has received a $448,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.  Grossmann will use the grant to continue his research [...]

September 5th, 2008|

Mayo Clinic Gives $5 Million Donation to The Hormel Institute

ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Mayo Clinic has announced a five-year, $5 million donation to The Hormel Foundation for The Hormel Institute Medical Research Center. The funds will help equip laboratories in the institute’s new research facility and provide program support to researchers from The Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota. Established in 1942, [...]

September 4th, 2008|

IBM – The Hormel Institute – University of Minnesota Supercomputer Institute Join forces

IBM and its Blue Gene/L – the world’s fastest computer – joined forces with The Hormel Institute and the University of Minnesota Supercomputer Institute to accelerate cancer research discoveries. More Info

July 8th, 2008|


Walz praises progress; requests additional funds this year (Austin, MN) – Today, Congressman Walz toured the Hormel Institute and saw first-hand the Institute’s expansion progress, which was partially funded by the $425,000 Walz secured for the Institute in 2007. Walz and Hormel officials also discussed the federal funding request that Walz submitted earlier this year [...]

May 29th, 2008|

Growing Biobusiness is Key to Economic Development

Today over 120 local community and business leaders learned some basic facts about what it will take to grow biobusiness at the “Growing Bio in southern Minnesota” Conference in Austin, MN. Hosted by Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) and local sponsors, the conference featured nationally renowned business expert Mark Drabenstott from the RUPRI Center for [...]

May 22nd, 2008|

Researchers pinpoint first step in sun-induced skin cancer

  Goal is to block cancers before they start Researchers led by Zigang Dong, director of the U's Hormel Institute, have found what may be the first step in the development of skin cancer. By Deane Morrison May 20, 2008 University researchers have pinpointed what may be the earliest event in the development of sun-induced [...]

May 20th, 2008|

The Hormel Institute to hire scientist supported by Karl Potach Memorial Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Leaders of The Hormel Institute and the Karl Potach Memorial Golf Tournament fundraiser today announced their collaborative plans to hire a scientist who will focus exclusively on Wilms Tumor, the cancer that took the life of 4-year-old Karl Potach of Austin in 1997. The research position will be jointly funded by proceeds from the“Karl Tourney”annual [...]

May 14th, 2008|

About The Hormel Institute

The Hormel Institute was established in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel and is a research research unit of the University of Minnesota and collaborative research partner with Mayo Clinic. The Hormel Institute conducts research and provides education in the biological sciences with applications in medicine and agriculture. Its current focus is on cancer prevention and [...]

May 13th, 2008|

U of M researcher discovers the starting point of sun-induced skin cancer

 EMBARGOED UNTIL 12:01 A.M. CT THURSDAY, MAY 15 ~ According to a new study from the University of Minnesota, the earliest event in the development of sun-induced skin cancer may have been identified. The researchers found that the point of entry for skin cancer in response to sun exposure is in receptor molecules, molecular “hooks” [...]

May 1st, 2008|

Hormel Institute beefs up research

Hormel Institute beefs up research

December 6th, 2006|

Hormel Institute Expansion

Hormel Institute Expansion

November 30th, 2006|

Dong Named McKnight Professor

Dong Named McKnight Professor

August 23rd, 2006|

Tuesday, August 21-22, 2006 Press Coverage of Hormel Institute Groundbreaking

Hormel Institute gets $15M for expansion Twin Cities Business Journal, MN - 2 hours ago The money -- $10 million of which comes from the Hormel Foundation, and the remainder from the corporation -- will be put toward a new three-story research ... Hormel Institute breaks new ground Austin Herald, MN - 5 hours ago [...]

August 21st, 2006|

From DNA Doctor to DNA Destroyer

From DNA Doctor to DNA Destroyer

July 18th, 2006|