Support makes research progress possible

In the start to 2013, The Hormel Institute has received important support from numerous individuals, families, businesses and organizations as well as from fundraisers that included many first-time events. This strong display of support for The Hormel Institute’s world-class cancer research is encouraging, as it shows that those who give clearly understand that research is the only answer to cancer.

With every financial gift given to The Hormel Institute, 100 percent of the donation goes directly to our cutting-edge cancer research focused on discoveries leading to the prevention and control of cancer. On behalf of faculty and staff, we at The Hormel Institute deeply thank you for your support that helps us continue to make progress in our aggressive fight against this devastating disease.

Today’s research will lead to tomorrow’s cures.

In friendship,

Zigang Dong, M.D., Dr. P.H.
Executive Director



S.U.R.E. – March deadline approaching for college internship program

A reminder The Hormel Institute’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (S.U.R.E.) internship program has an application deadline coming up. The program mainly is focused on science majors entering his/her junior or senior year next fall.
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New annual report for The Hormel Institute now available

The Hormel Institute’s 2011-2012 annual report is available for viewing online by clicking here.


Institute leader receives nearly $1.8 million in research grants

Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute and leader of its Cellular & Molecular Biology research section, received two federal grants totaling nearly $1.8 million overall for research focused on preventing skin and colon cancers. Both grants became effective in January, with a $1.5 million grant running through 2017 and the other for over $290,000 going through 2014. For more information, read “Institute leader awarded nearly $1.8 million in grants.

Liao making progress on gene-related cancer research

Dr. Joshua Liao, leader of the Translational Cancer Research section at The Hormel Institute, had a busy 2012 year as he published or co-published 12 research papers in scientific journals, including one of the world’s leading cancer journals, Oncogene, in May 2012. Liao, who joined The Hormel Institute’s faculty in 2006, focuses his research on several genes that are key promoters or inhibitors of breast, prostate and pancreatic cancers. His section’s main interests are to explore how these genes are expressed and whether the expression can be directed to a cancer in an inhibitory way. Overall, Liao now has published 22 papers in the past two years.


2nd annual ‘Paint the Town Pink’ now at $114,000

The Hormel Institute, Austin Bruins hockey organization, Austin Convention & Visitors Center and others raised $110,000 that has now grown to more than $114,000 through Austin’s 2nd annual “Paint the Town Pink” citywide initiative. As the festival’s main event, the Austin Bruins’ 3rd annual “Paint the Rink Pink” hockey game raised nearly $40,000 this year, putting the team at over $100,000 donated in three years. The success of the first “Paint the Rink Pink” in February 2011 led to the creation of “Paint the Town Pink.”

For more information, click here.
For pictures of various “Paint the Town Pink” events, click here.


Healthy Recipe: Cranberry Pancakes

This recipe features a winter favorite, cranberries, which are an excellent source of proanthocyanidan, a cancer-fighting compound. Fresh cranberries can be hard to find year round, so get them while they are in season and just throw the bag in the freezer. When ready to use, rinse well and thaw.

Serves 2 (2 pancakes each)
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes

All you need:
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp plus 2 tsp whole-wheat flour
1 tbsp yellow cornmeal
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
6 tbsp nonfat milk
2 tbsp pasteurized egg substitute, such as Egg Beaters
1 1/2 tsp walnut oil or canola oil
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

All you do:
1. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add cranberries; boil for 2 minutes. Drain and cool for 5 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a large bowl.
3. Whisk milk, egg substitute, oil and vanilla in a small bowl until combined.
4. Coarsely chop the cranberries; stir into the milk mixture. Stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients just until combined.
5. Coat a griddle or large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium heat. Using 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake, cook 2 pancakes at a time until bubbles dot the surface, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until browned, 1 to 2 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter.

Nutrition facts per serving: 189 calories; 4g fat (0g sat, 1g mono); 1mg cholesterol; 34g carbohydrate; 6g added sugars; 6g protein; 3g fiber; 336mg sodium; 185mg potassium.
Carbohydrate servings: 2
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat
Source: Adapted from Eating Well, Inc.

Other Healthy Recipes:
Healthy Dessert – Click here for a Cranberry Granola Parfait recipe.

Healthy Beverage – Click here for a Fireside Sipper recipe, featuring green tea, apple juice and cinnamon.

Recipes have been provided by Jen Haugen, Registered Dietitian, at Hy-Vee supermarket of Austin, Minnesota. Jen works with one goal in mind: To help customers live out the Hy-Vee mission statement of “making lives easier, healthier, happier.”

Information about donating to The Hormel Institute

THANK YOU for your contribution to The Hormel Institute – creating a cancer free world is a noble vision we share and can only accomplish through working together. Your donation makes you part of all we do here – your financial support is so important. Your gift is for every person in this world because advances in preventing and controlling cancer – a disease that causes so much suffering and loss – is indeed worthy.

Please know your donation is tax deductible and gifts $250 and above will receive a receipt from The Hormel Institute for tax documentation.

As we are part of the University of Minnesota system, you will also receive a thank you and notice from the University of Minnesota Foundation. Though donations filter through the University of Minnesota accounting system, EVERY DOLLAR is returned for research and use at The Hormel Institute and remains local.

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