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.


“I am very pleased to receive this grant so more research can be done on the cancer that affects so many,” said Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute.    “More people suffer from sun induced cancer than any other type. The more research funding we have, such as through this federal grant, the more scientists can be hired so progress can be made even faster.  This grant is aimed to find the cause of skin cancer and also prevention methods.”


The funding for research was designated  in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) (H.R. 1, S. 1 – PDF-1MB), a Federal public law passed by the 111th United States Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009.


The Hormel Institute comprises a group of highly successful medical scientists who have focused their efforts on determining the basic molecular mechanisms of cancer development in order to use their findings for the development of new anti-cancer agents.