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 of Minnesota today.

The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director, Dr. Zigang Dong, hosted the seminar after meeting the fellow researcher earlier this year at an international conference in Luxembourg. Both scientists study the molecular aspects of cancer development and share an interest and expertise in finding remedies for cancer through natural preventive agents.

“Collaboration is one of the most important aspects necessary in accelerating research discoveries,” said Dong. “To find answers as to what will prevent or cause cancer we must constantly share research information and discuss ideas and strategies with other scientists.”

Apoptosis – or programmed cell death – is an active form of cell death that allows the elimination of defective and potentially dangerous cells. One of the most challenging tasks concerning cancer is to induce apoptosis in malignant cells and this research focus is on natural products to modulate apoptotic signaling pathways. Dr. Diederich’s focus is on inflammation’s effects on cancer development and the main effects of natural compounds on the different apoptotic signaling pathways, including the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis pathways, the NF-kB-mediated pathway, the Wnt signaling, and other main pathways.

“I’m really interested in sharing research information and as a director of a cancer research center, I’m also here to learn about the interesting organization of The Hormel Institute,” said Dr. Diederich. “In my opinion, it is a model of a well working research facility. The Hormel Institute is very inspirational to me for my organization’s future.”

The Hormel Institute regularly features noted cancer research speakers and experts from throughout the world.