Dr Rebecca Morris - International Skin Cancer Conference - Hormel Institute

100 plus scientists further cancer research at The Hormel Institute

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota welcomes skin cancer researchers from around the world for a three-day conference that begins today.

The Hormel Institute hosts the 12th International Skin Carcinogenesis Conference, which is co-chaired by Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director.  The conference, held every two years, focuses on new and innovative research related to skin cancer development, prevention and control. Advances in molecular, cellular, and computational biology, as well as newer technologies, continue to allow scientists to better understand the way normal cells become cancer cells.  This year’s conference will be held in the beautiful new Ray Live Learning Center, the global communications facility completed in June. Over 100 scientists will gather in the auditorium for presentations, and the multi-purpose event room will be used for poster sessions and meetings.

“It is a great honor to welcome scientists here to Austin and to The Hormel Institute,” said Dr. Zigang Dong.  “We are extremely thankful for our beautiful facility with its technologies that make it possible to hold conferences such as this in.  This prestigious conference brings together some of the leading cancer researchers to further our understanding of skin cancer, the most prevalent cancer there is.”

Throughout the conference, scientists will share research, foster discussion, and learn about new technology and techniques. Topics such as molecular mechanisms, risk stratification, and clinical intervention will be discussed.

The symposium showcases twenty-eight speakers split into ten sessions. Of the twenty-eight speakers, four are faculty from The Hormel Institute:  Dr. Zigang Dong, Dr. Ann M. Bode, Dr. Rebecca Morris and Dr. James Robinson.  Each will present research related to skin cancer discovered/or developed from their lab at the Institute.

Thursday’s poster session will feature displays where scientists showcase their research.  This format allows more scientists to share research collaboratively through discussion in a more informal setting, designed to further and inspire innovative thinking. The Hormel Institute has four labs displaying posters during the conference.

Visiting scientists come from as far as Glasgow, Scotland and institutions throughout the United States such as Columbia University, National Cancer Institute, Food and Drug Administration and Penn State. Scientists will also enjoy local attractions, including tours of the Spam Museum and Hormel Historic Home.  As part of Austin’s first “Welcome Week,” a national initiative to foster inclusiveness and diversity, The Hormel Institute’s scientists from Argentina, China, England, India, Russia, South Korea, Sweden and other countries will welcome conference attendees.