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U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Visits The Hormel Institute

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Visits The Hormel Institute Senator Klobuchar met with The Hormel Institute leadership team and went on a tour to learn about new plans for cancer research facility July 8, 2021 - Austin, MN - U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited The Hormel Institute today to meet with Executive Director Dr. Robert Clarke, [...]

July 8th, 2021|

Research Suggests Use of Biofuels Reduces Cancer Risk

Research Suggests Use of Biofuels Reduces Cancer Risk Review points to fewer toxic chemicals in ethanol-blended gasoline emissions July 6, 2021 - Austin MN - A newly published review of top scientific literature suggests that ethanol-blended fuels widely available at gas stations as E10, E15, or E85 result in less toxic emissions from vehicles and [...]

July 6th, 2021|

Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Happening This Weekend

Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament & Silent Auction Happening This Weekend Annual event raises money for cancer research at The Hormel Institute The friends and family of Ryan Gordon are holding the Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament and Silent Auction event on Saturday at Cedar Valley Golf Course in Adams. The annual event raises money [...]

June 22nd, 2021|

Summer Interns Return to The Hormel Institute

Summer Interns Return to The Hormel Institute 12 College Undergraduate Students join research labs for 10 weeks AUSTIN, Minn. - The Hormel Institute is excited to welcome the 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) interns, who started their internships on Monday. The college students will work with scientists at The Hormel Institute on cancer research [...]

June 7th, 2021|

Despite Covid-19 Pandemic, Dutchtown Jumpers Continue to Support Cancer Research at The Hormel Institute

Despite Covid-19 Pandemic, Dutchtown Jumpers Continue to Support Cancer Research at The Hormel Institute The Dutchtown Jumpers present Paint the Town Pink donation at The Hormel Institute  AUSTIN, Minn – Despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hoot ‘N Ole’s and local businesses and organizations continue to raise money to support cancer research at [...]

May 25th, 2021|

American Cancer Society Funds Innovative Research at The Hormel Institute

American Cancer Society Funds Innovative Research at The Hormel Institute Dr. Luke Hoeppner awarded prestigious American Cancer Society grant to fund study of deadly type of lung cancer Austin, Minn. - The American Cancer Society is proud to announce one of its most prestigious research awards is awarded to Luke Hoeppner, PhD, at The Hormel [...]

May 18th, 2021|

The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Bin Liu’s Research in Top Journals

The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Bin Liu’s Research in Top Journals Minnesota’s only CryoElectron Microscope leads to greater understanding of gene expression AUSTIN, Minn – May 11, 2021 – Dr. Bin Liu, Assistant Professor and leader of the Transcription and Gene Regulation lab at The Hormel Institute, today published discoveries in two top journals. Dr. Liu’s [...]

May 11th, 2021|

Institute scientist receives grant to use CryoEM for new purpose

CryoEM used for Alzheimer’s research Institute scientist receives grant to use CryoEM for new purpose AUSTIN, Minn – April 19, 2021 – The Hormel Institute’s CryoEM microscope will soon be used for a new area of research – Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Amer Alam, head of the Structural Biology of Membrane Transport lab at The Hormel [...]

April 19th, 2021|

Institute researchers find new cancer driver in cells

Institute researchers find new cancer driver in cells Exitron splicing is found to be a new source of tracking cancer genes and neoantigens AUSTIN, Minn – April 15, 2021 – Dr. Rendong Yang, head of the Computational Cancer Genomics lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota published breakthrough research on exitron splicing (EIS) and [...]

April 15th, 2021|

Institute scientist researches new treatment for ovarian cancer

Institute scientist researches new treatment for ovarian cancer Targeted cancer stem cell treatment could reduce recurrence AUSTIN, Minn – April 14, 2021 – Patients who originally respond to treatment for ovarian cancer can see that in the majority of cases, cancer returns and acquires resistance to chemotherapy. This is the problem Dr. Ilana Chefetz is [...]

April 14th, 2021|

New research offers hope to women with POI

New research offers hope to women with POI Dr. Ilana Chefetz publishes research on chemotherapy-induced menopause AUSTIN, Minn – March 31, 2021 – Dr. Ilana Chefetz, head of the Cancer Stem Cells & Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute, has recently published two scientific papers on possible new treatments for primary ovarian insufficiency – a [...]

March 31st, 2021|

Bowling for the Battle joins forces with Casey O’Brien

Bowling for the Battle joins forces with Casey O’Brien Gopher football player and cancer survivor donates signed jersey to support cancer research AUSTIN, Minn – March 10, 2021 – Having to cancel their annual fundraiser hasn’t held Bowling for the Battle back from continuing to raise funds for prostate cancer research at The Hormel Institute. [...]

March 10th, 2021|

Institute hosts MN Chemoprevention Consortium

Institute hosts MN Chemoprevention Consortium Researchers meet to exchange new ideas on chemoprevention AUSTIN, Minn – February 24, 2021 – Today researchers from The Hormel Institute, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic, and Hormel Foods gathered virtually for the Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium meeting. The Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC2) is a group of MN [...]

February 26th, 2021|

University of Minnesota, UMN Hormel Institute, and Mayo Clinic collaborate on new citizen science project

University of Minnesota, UMN Hormel Institute, and Mayo Clinic collaborate on new citizen science project Project will help biologists understand the complex roles that lipids play in health and disease MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/17/2021) — A University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic partnership has joined with the Zooniverse citizen scientist platform and the Francis Crick Institute in [...]

February 18th, 2021|

Paint the Town Pink Power Hour February 18

Paint the Town Pink Power Hour February 18 Learn how PTTP dollars are used during this seminar and Q&A AUSTIN, Minn – February 10, 2020 – How do your Paint the Town Pink donations get used? Learn the answer and why those Paint the Town Pink donations are so important during the Paint the Town [...]

February 11th, 2021|

The Great Paint the Town Pink Challenge on Feb 6

The Great Paint the Town Pink Challenge on Feb 6 Adventure around Austin to support cancer research at The Hormel Institute AUSTIN, Minn – January 28, 2020 – A new event, The Great Paint the Town Pink Challenge, joins the Paint the Town Pink lineup this year as an option for people to have fun [...]

January 28th, 2021|

Institute researcher uses CryoEM to study cardiovascular disease

Institute researcher uses CryoEM to study cardiovascular disease Dr. Raja Dey publishes two articles in collaboration with worldwide scientists AUSTIN, Minn – January 20, 2020 – Dr. Raja Dey, a researcher in the Nucleotide Metabolism and Drug Discovery lab at The Hormel Institute, a biomedical research institute at the University of Minnesota, recently published two [...]

January 21st, 2021|

Eagles Cancer Telethon auction and on-air this week

Eagles Cancer Telethon auction and on-air this week Funds raised furthers cancer research at The Hormel Institute, UMN and Mayo Clinic AUSTIN, Minn – January 19, 2020 – The Eagles Cancer Telethon will look slightly different this year, but the mission is the same – support for FURTHER CANCER RESEARCH discoveries.  The spirit of generosity [...]

January 19th, 2021|

Institute Scientist Awarded ~ $4 Million for Leukemia Research

  Institute Scientist Awarded ~ $4 Million for Leukemia Research Dr. Shujun Liu research will focus on new target to control leukemia AUSTIN, MN – Jan 13, 2021 – Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics & Experimental Therapeutics lab and an Associate Professor at The Hormel Institute, was awarded a major grant from [...]

January 13th, 2021|

Paint the Town Pink 2021 kicks off

Paint the Town Pink 2021 kicks off Business After Hours introduces events, ambassador for the cancer research campaign AUSTIN, Minn – January 12, 2020 – The 2021 Paint the Town Pink cancer research fundraising season was kicked off tonight with the annual Chamber of Commerce’s January “Business After Hours” event. The virtual meeting was cohosted [...]

January 13th, 2021|

Breakthrough research linking breast cancer to diet

Breakthrough research linking breast cancer to diet New Institute scientist publishes research on a natural compound’s effects on breast cancer AUSTIN, Minn – January 11, 2021 – Dr. Leena Hilakivi-Clarke, head of the Women’s Health research section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, published new research into dietary modifications that could lead to reduced [...]

January 11th, 2021|

Institute scientist is author in book on cell death

Institute scientist is author in book on cell death Dr. Chefetz wrote two chapters sharing her expertise on research methods AUSTIN, Minn – January 8, 2021 – Dr. Ilana Chefetz, head of the Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute, has written two chapters in the newly published book Detection of Cell [...]

January 8th, 2021|

$50,000 awarded for new technology at The Hormel Institute

$50,000 awarded for new technology at The Hormel Institute New imaging system will accelerate cancer research projects December 16, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – Dr. Rafael Contreras, head of the Genome Instability & Chromosome Biology lab at The Hormel Institute, has received a $50,000 Grant-in-Aid Award from University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for [...]

December 16th, 2020|

Despite Pandemic Karl Potach Foundation donates $60,000

Despite Pandemic Karl Potach Foundation donates $60,000 Foundation furthers Wilms’ tumor cancer research at The Hormel Institute AUSTIN, Minn – Dec 15, 2020 – Dr. Kurt and Brenda Potach of The Karl Potach Foundation gave a $60,000 gift to further the Wilms’ tumor research they spearheaded at The Hormel Institute. With this gift, the Karl [...]

December 15th, 2020|

Ovarian Cancer Midwest Focus 2020 held November 5-6

Ovarian Cancer Midwest Focus 2020 held November 5-6 Scientists gather remotely to discuss the latest in ovarian cancer research November 9, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – The 2020 Ovarian Cancer Midwest Focus Conference took place last Thursday and Friday, November 5-6, 2020, with all speakers and attendees participating remotely. The conference focused on basic science, translational [...]

November 9th, 2020|

Research breakthrough on specific form of cell death may overcome chemoresistance

Research breakthrough on specific form of cell death may overcome chemoresistance Institute researchers find evidence in favor of necroptotic therapies November 2, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – Dr. Ilana Chefetz, head of the Cancer Stem Cells & Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute, published a review article focusing on a specific type of cell death called [...]

November 2nd, 2020|

Breakthrough research using light-activated proteins for targeted therapy

Breakthrough research using light-activated proteins for targeted therapy Discoveries may impact future brain tumor therapy and treatment for hospital-acquired infections October 27, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – The Nucleotide Metabolism & Drug Discovery lab at The Hormel Institute, led by Dr. Jarrod French, recently published three research papers in major scientific journals. The articles detail the [...]

October 27th, 2020|

Institute scientists receive award for pediatric brain tumor research

Institute scientists receive award for pediatric brain tumor research Will present research at national meeting October 15, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – Drs. Charles Day, James Robinson, and Edward "Ted" Hinchcliffe of The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota were awarded the Marit Mary Swenson Award for Pediatric DMG/DIPG from the Society for Neuro-Oncology. The award will [...]

October 15th, 2020|

Innovative tech used in research leads to breakthrough in understanding breast cancer

Innovative tech used in research leads to breakthrough in understanding breast cancer Dr. Robert Clarke of The Hormel Institute publishes research in top journal Nature Communications September 25, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – Dr. Robert Clarke, executive director of The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota, is one of five cancer researchers who collaborated to publish discoveries [...]

September 25th, 2020|

Dr. Robert Clarke part of expert team publishing review of cancer metastasis research

Dr. Robert Clarke part of expert team publishing review of cancer metastasis research Executive director contributes a systems biology approach to cancer September 22, 2020 (Austin, Minn.) – Dr. Robert Clarke, executive director of The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota, joined Drs. Rakesh Kumar and Simak Ali to guest edit the September special issue in [...]

September 22nd, 2020|

Inspired Heroes of the Pandemic

Read the Star Tribune's special section Coverage supported by The Hormel Institute Using Science to find solutions. Click below to read... Inspired Heroes of the Pandemic  

September 15th, 2020|

Austin, MN & Mower County Celebrate Welcoming Week by “Creating Home Together”

  The theme for Welcoming Week this year is creating home.  Please find this year's event schedule attached and share with your friends and family.  More information and weather related updates will be posted on our Facebook page @austinhumanrightscommission Voting is now open for the Immigrant Owned Business of the Year: Vote favorite business here Hope you [...]

September 11th, 2020|

Longest Day of Golf to raise funds for cancer research

Longest Day of Golf to raise funds for cancer research Dutchtown Jumpers get creative with newest fundraiser for The Hormel Institute AUSTIN, Minn. – September 3, 2020 – What do you get when six men go out on the golf course with the goal of speeding through as many holes as possible to raise money [...]

September 3rd, 2020|

The Hormel Institute Welcomes Dr. Robert Clarke

The Hormel Institute Welcomes Dr. Robert Clarke Sixth Executive Director to Lead Cancer Research Center AUSTIN, Minn. – August 31, 2020 – Dr. Robert Clarke today joins The Hormel Institute as its sixth executive director. Dr. Clarke is a recognized world leader in cancer research and will lead the Institute’s next era of scientific advancement [...]

September 1st, 2020|

College students’ innovative research at The Hormel Institute

College students' innovative research at The Hormel Institute Multiple labs give undergraduates remote research experiences to further education AUSTIN, Minn. – August 24, 2020 – Students and faculty at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota worked together to find creative ways to offer important education and career building research experiences this summer. Despite the inability [...]

August 25th, 2020|

Institute continues impact on national cancer research

Institute continues impact on national cancer research Dr. Sergio Gradilone asked to join national grant review study section AUSTIN, Minn. – _August 17, 2020 – _Dr. Sergio Gradilone, senior faculty member of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, earned an invite to serve as a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Hepatobiliary Pathophysiology [...]

August 17th, 2020|

‘Karl’s Tourney’ is on with an online fundraiser

'Karl's Tourney' is on with an online fundraiser Auction, matching funds, and more move online to support childhood cancer research AUSTIN, Minn. – August 3, 2020 – Cancer research will be moving forward with the 23rd Annual "Karl's Tourney" going forward in a new format so pediatric cancer research can continue. This year, due to [...]

August 3rd, 2020|

Exploring the dynamics of living cells through technology

Exploring the dynamics of living cells through technology Institute scientists get cutting edge confocal microscope to further research AUSTIN, Minn. – July 22, 2020 – Scientists at The Hormel Institute know technology precedes important discoveries. Their latest acquisition to help further answers to cancer and other diseases is a state-of-the-art confocal microscope. The $350,000 Zeiss [...]

July 22nd, 2020|

Institute researchers further cancer research online

Institute researchers further cancer research online Scientists shift seminars, meetings, and more in remote work environment AUSTIN, Minn. – July 9, 2020 – Scientists at The Hormel Institute continue their mission to accelerate answers to cancer despite the COVID-19 environment and inability to meet in person. The 20+ section principle investigators, researchers and post docs [...]

July 9th, 2020|

The Hormel Institute hires new Chief of Staff

The Hormel Institute hires new Chief of Staff Administrator joins Institute from Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota AUSTIN, Minn. – June 29, 2020 – In the midst of the COVID-19 quarantine, Elizabeth (Liz) Fedie joined The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota in May as the new Chief of Staff. Fedie came to The Hormel [...]

June 29th, 2020|

Breakthrough in lung cancer research at The Hormel Institute

Breakthrough in lung cancer research at The Hormel Institute Dr. Luke Hoeppner links specific protein to tumor growth AUSTIN, Minn. – June 10, 2020 – Dr. Luke Hoeppner, head of the Cancer Biology lab at The Hormel Institute, has published new lung cancer research, shedding light on a protein that causes small cell lung cancer [...]

June 10th, 2020|

Major skin cancer research study to begin at The Hormel Institute

Major skin cancer research study to begin at The Hormel Institute Institute scientist to study epithelial cells in bone marrow AUSTIN, Minn. – June 8, 2020 – Dr. Rebecca Morris leader of the Stem Cells and Cancer lab at The Hormel Institute received a multi-year grant to study stem cells originating in adult bone marrow and [...]

June 8th, 2020|

The Hormel Institute’s CryoEM discovery may support new antibiotic

The Hormel Institute's CryoEM discovery may support new antibiotic Institute scientist makes key gene transcription discovery AUSTIN, Minn. – June 4, 2020 – Using CryoEM technology, Dr. Bin Liu and his team at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota discovered how bacteria use gene transcription to produce the flagellum that allow them to move and [...]

June 4th, 2020|

Dr. Robert Clarke named new Executive Director to lead The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota

Dr. Robert Clarke named new Executive Director to lead The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota 6th director comes from Georgetown University Dr. Robert Clarke of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has been named the next executive director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Dr. Clarke, an internationally recognized leader in breast cancer research, will [...]

May 11th, 2020|

The Hormel Institute’s CryoEM is used to fight antibiotic resistance

The Hormel Institute's CryoEM is used to fight antibiotic resistance Institute scientist discovers important step in bacterial transcription A new discovery based on research using The Hormel Institute’s powerful electron microscope - the CryoEM - was published by Dr. Bin Liu, head of the Transcription and Gene Regulation lab. Dr. Liu’s research offers new understanding [...]

May 6th, 2020|

Institute scientist finds breakthrough for liver cancer promotion

Institute scientist finds breakthrough for liver cancer promotion New research sheds light on metastatic cancer in the liver Dr. Ningling Kang, head of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis lab at The Hormel Institute UMN, published a discovery describing how a particular protein, diaphanous homolog 1 (Diaph1), turns normal liver cells into cancer-promoting cells. “Protein diaphanous [...]

May 5th, 2020|

The Hormel Institute Research Continues During COVID-19

The Hormel Institute Research Continues During COVID-19 New CryoEM project aimed at understanding coronavirus The Hormel Institute has been adapting to many changes since the COVID-19 "stay at home" order was mandated in Minnesota. As part of University of Minnesota, The Hormel Institute follows guidelines set forth by the Board of Regents, President Joan Gabel, [...]

April 29th, 2020|

Ovarian cancer research receives $75,000 boost at Institute

Ovarian cancer research receives $75,000 boost at Institute Hormel Institute scientist receives grant for novel research Dr. Ilana Chefetz has been awarded a $75,000 Rivkin Center Pilot Award to fund new research into ovarian cancer. Dr. Chefetz leads the Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute and her study “AMPK-alpha-like proteins in [...]

March 20th, 2020|

$670,000 Gene Therapy Partnership Grant for The Hormel Institute

Dr. George Aslanidi joins with Mayo Clinic researcher for gene therapy study Gene therapy has become a powerful instrument for the treatment of many diseases to prevent or stop the disease from progressing.  Dr. George Aslanidi, Associate Professor and head of the Molecular Bioengineering and Cancer Vaccine lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, [...]

February 25th, 2020|

The Hormel Institute scientists awarded nearly $1 million Minnesota partnership grant targeting cancer and neurological disease

Children’s cancer, brain tumors, pancreatic cancer and a range of neurological conditions comprise the diseases targeted by this year’s research projects selected by the Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics.  Dr. Edward "Ted" Hinchcliffe leader of the Cellular Dynamics lab at The Hormel Institute UMN is the lead PI from the UMN (The Hormel [...]

February 13th, 2020|

$250,000 grant will study effects of cancer treatment on fertility

Institute's Dr. Ilana Chefetz will lead innovative study to help young women  As if cancer were not traumatic enough, there is another fear common to most young women undergoing treatment for cancer - the concern of chemotherapy affecting fertility.  Dr. Ilana Chefetz, leader of Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute, was [...]

February 13th, 2020|

Dr. Luke Hoeppner awarded lung cancer research grant from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation

Research discoveries aimed at how to prevent cancer drug resistance One of the most prevalent and deadly challenges in cancer treatment is drug resistance - therapies may work for a while but often tumors become resistant and return.  Dr. Luke Hoeppner, leader of the Cancer Biology research section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, [...]

December 10th, 2019|

The Hormel Institute acquires major data storage upgrade for CryoEM

Innovative Minnesota start-up company meets the need With one of the largest needs for data storage in the state due to its bioinformatics research data and the Titan Krios cryo-electron microscopy research, Jeff McDonald, PhD, new director of The Hormel Institute's Information Technology department, shared news of the technology expansion. "The amount of data storage [...]

December 4th, 2019|

Innovative model gives atomic detail to critical process

  Institute scientist’s research published A first-of-its-kind model of a process important to the filaments that maintain our cells’ structure and integrity was published this month and relied heavily on the research of Raja Dey, a scientist in the Cellular and Molecular Biology research section of The Hormel Institute. The article, “A proposed atomic model [...]

November 26th, 2019|

A new understanding of aggressive cancer growth is identified

Top cancer research journal publishes The Hormel Institute research The results of a study led by Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics lab at The Hormel Institute, were published in the high impact journal Nature Communications this week. The research, led by Dr. Liu and team, showed a significant new [...]

November 7th, 2019|

Cancer development breakthrough at The Hormel Institute

Cancer development breakthrough at The Hormel Institute Scientist shares a potential new measurement to monitor chromosome changes in cancers  One of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota's new section leaders, Dr. Rafael Contreras-Galindo, just published research in a high impact journal, Scientific Reports, an on-line open access journal published by Nature, the world's top research [...]

August 22nd, 2019|

Bowling for the Battle strikes at cancer with $76,260

Another record-breaking year from the community for  The Hormel Institute's prostate cancer research fundraiser The ever-growing "Bowling for the Battle – A Fight Against Prostate Cancer " group raised a record $76,260 for innovative prostate cancer research at The Hormel Institute during its 2019 event. This was the fifth annual bowling tournament fundraiser with a [...]

June 27th, 2019|

Major prostate cancer research grant awarded to The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Rendong Yang

U.S. Department of Defense provides funding for innovative research Dr. Rendong Yang, head of the Computational Cancer Genomics lab at The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota, received an $895,852 grant from the national Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Idea Development Award to support his innovative prostate cancer.  Research on the grant will be [...]

June 27th, 2019|

Dr. Sergio Gradilone receives University of Minnesota Chainbreaker Grant

Funds will further innovative cancer research at The Hormel Institute  A Masonic Cancer Center University of Minnesota peer review committee awarded Dr. Sergio Gradilone, Associate Professor in the Cancer Cell Biology and Translational Research lab at The Hormel Institute, a $75,000 grant to fund an innovative cancer research project. The research project, "Ciliomax: Development of [...]

June 18th, 2019|

Dr. Ilana Chefetz shares ovarian cancer research with national foundation

The Hormel Institute's global impact grows through sharing discoveries Left to Right;Andre Lieber, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Ilana Chefetz PhD The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota and Dan Veljovich, M.D. Swedish Cancer Institute Dr. Ilana Chefetz, Assistant Professor and head of the Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis cancer research lab at The [...]

June 18th, 2019|

Dr. Yibin Deng of The Hormel Institute promoted to Full Professor

High achieving prostate cancer researcher achieves a career milestone   One of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota's highest achieving scientists, Dr. Yibin Deng, will be promoted to full Professor effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Deng is leader of the Cell Death and Cancer Genetics lab.             Recruited from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center following the [...]

June 14th, 2019|

UMN Institute scientist links ancient virus to cancer risk

Study of chromosome abnormalities reveals link to cancer  The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota announces newly published research concerning remnants of ancient viruses found in human chromosomes and how this may affect the risk of developing cancer and other diseases. Dr. Contreras-Galindo, one of the new lab leaders at The Hormel Institute and a member [...]

May 17th, 2019|

Liver cancer breakthrough at The Hormel Institute

Scientists discover protein’s role in creating a tumor-promoting microenvironment Science is one step closer to eliminating cancer growth in the liver, whether from primary liver cancer or from metastatic tumors from cancers in other areas of the body, thanks to new research published by Dr. Ningling Kang, head of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis lab [...]

May 6th, 2019|

Paint the Town Pink 2019 raises over $334,000

It was revealed Tuesday afternoon that this year’s Paint the Town Pink raised $334,403. Photos by Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com Another record-breaking year for The Hormel Institute's cancer research Paint the Town Pink ends its 2019 campaign with yet another record-breaking year, raising $334,402 for innovative cancer research at The Hormel Institute. That increase of [...]

April 30th, 2019|

Institute’s research battles ovarian cancer recurrence

Dr. Ilana Chefetz' discoveries published in top scientific journal For most people, the only thing worse than hearing the diagnosis "cancer" is hearing that it has returned.  Dr. Ilana Chefetz, leader of The Hormel Institute's "Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis" lab, today published new discoveries about ovarian cancer chemo resistance and recurrence in the top [...]

March 14th, 2019|

Research will shine light on skin cancer prevention

The Hormel Institute’s Dr. Liu awarded skin cancer research grant The Hormel Institute’s newest lab leader, Dr. Liang Liu, was just awarded a grant for an innovative skin cancer research project from Prevent Cancer Foundation. Dr. Liu leads the "Chromatin and Epigenetic Gene Regulation" lab, and currently focuses on skin cancer research involving UV-induced skin [...]

March 13th, 2019|

Bowling for the Battle aims to strike out cancer

The prostate cancer fundraiser returns to Echo Lanes on Saturday Bowling for the Battle – A Fight Against Prostate Cancer is back again this Saturday to raise money for The Hormel Institute’s prostate cancer research. The event will take place at Echo Lanes in Austin, MN at 2pm on Saturday, March 2 and will feature [...]

February 27th, 2019|

EVERY DOLLAR, EVERY CANCER, EVERY PERSON MATTERS

  Open House at The Hormel Institute for Paint the Town Pink Check Presentations All businesses and individuals who have been raising funds the past few weeks for the Paint the Town Pink 2019 season are invited to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota for check presentations/drop off of donations. Large events, like Plunging for [...]

February 20th, 2019|

The Hormel Institute Summer Internship Deadline Soon

The Hormel Institute Summer Internship Deadline Soon Undergraduate students should apply now for SURE program College students interested in research or health sciences careers are encouraged to apply for this year’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) internship program at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. All application materials must be completed no later than March [...]

February 7th, 2019|

BRUINS HOCKEY PLAYS 9th Paint the Rink Pink Game Saturday

Austin Bruins cancer research fundraiser for Paint the Town Pink Make sure to get tickets to the Austin Bruin’s Paint the Rink Pink game early because this hockey game has sold out nearly every year. Paint the Rink Pink is Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 7:05pm. The Paint the Rink Pink game will benefit Paint [...]

February 1st, 2019|

Polar Temps won’t stop Plunging for Pink on Saturday

Polar plunge will take place despite cold temperatures Leaders of "Plunging for Pink" say the event will take place as scheduled this coming Saturday, January 26 for those who want to jump. It also comes with a warning for participants to prepare for the weather and for spectators to dress warm to watch the fun. [...]

January 23rd, 2019|

Paint the Town Pink’s 9th year launches with “Every Dollar, Every Cancer, Every Person Matters” campaign

Innovative studies underway thanks to $1.5 million invested in cancer research  Paint the Town Pink will kick into high gear for the 2019 season with its campaign “Every Dollar, Every Cancer, Every Person Matters" shared with events produced by the community.  The first annual public event of the year takes place on January 26 with [...]

January 14th, 2019|

Institute Scientist One of Only Two to Receive Grant from Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Research Foundation

Precision, targeted therapies for colon cancer will be studied A $62,000 research grant from the Minnesota Colorectal Cancer Research Foundation was awarded to Dr. Seung Ho Shin, a postdoctoral fellow at The Hormel Institute, to fund an innovative colon cancer research project. The study, titled “Discovery of beta-catenin inhibitors for treatment of colon cancer,” will [...]

January 7th, 2019|

Fighting Cancer Isn’t Pie in the Sky for “Pink Pie in the Face” Fundraiser

Applegate Pork Supplier Donates More Than $30,000 to The Hormel Institute Six faces full of pink whipped cream added up to a more than $30,000 donation to further the cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The Lynch Companies of Waucoma, Iowa, and the company’s October 2018 breast cancer fundraising effort led to this donation — a gift to one and all.Gary Lynch, owner of The Lynch Companies, and Jason Golly, CEO of The Lynch Companies, presented a check for $33,474 to Dr. Zigang Dong, executive director of The Hormel Institute. The cancer institute is considered a leading world center for cancer prevention and control research, based on its publishing and grant records.Lynch, a prostate cancer survivor, and Golly, who is Lynch’s son-in-law and whose mother lost her battle with breast cancer, competed to raise money with the winner getting the honor of smashing the other with a pink whipped cream pie. Four other The Lynch Companies employees joined in the friendly completion. In the end, although Golly raised more money, Lynch promised to match all donations through the Lynch Family Foundation — but only if Golly would take a pie to the face as well. “It was all in good fun, and we’re just happy that the rivalry sparked a lot of interest in the community donating to such a great cause,” said Lynch. Gold Standard Farms, a division of The Lynch Companies, supplies raised without antibiotics and animal-welfare certified pork to Applegate, a member of the Hormel Foods family of companies. “Truly, cancer is a disease that affects us all and through amazing efforts such as these, we can accelerate answers to cancer the only way possible — through research,” said Dong, under whose leadership The Hormel Institute has tripled in size in 2008 and again doubled in size in 2016.”This is an investment in research so people can live longer, healthier lives and where the threat of cancer is diminished,” Dong continued. “We thank all of our new friends at Lynch Livestock for joining us on the front lines. Our entire quest is to improve health by preventing and controlling cancer, so all of our lives can go on longer, uninterrupted by cancer.”Thanks to the annual support provided to The Hormel Institute by The Hormel Foundation, 100 percent of this gift will exclusively fund groundbreaking cancer research, none to administrative or operating expenses. […]

December 18th, 2018|

Major Breakthrough In Understanding How Skin Cancer Develops

The Hormel Institute's Dr. Rebecca Morris publishes discovery in leading journal Nature Communications Dr. Rebecca Morris, I.J. Holton Professor of the Stem Cells and Cancer lab at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, published break-though skin cancer research based on findings from 14 years of scientific investigation. Her research team included Heuijoon Park, Sonali Lad, [...]

December 13th, 2018|

$2 Million in Prostate Cancer Research Grants for The Hormel Institute

Funds from Bowling for the Battle translated into major support from NIH Over $2 million in grants was awarded to fund prostate cancer research at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. Dr. Yibin Deng, associate professor and head of the Cell Death and Cancer Genetics lab, achieved the major grant awards to support his research [...]

December 7th, 2018|

Paint the Rink Pink jerseys will name loved ones to support cancer research

Fans can act now to see their loved ones’ names on special edition jersey to benefit The Hormel Institute  Everyone has an opportunity to see a loved one’s name out on the ice with the Austin Bruins during the 2019 Paint the Rink Pink game. The special jersey worn by each player during the annual [...]

December 3rd, 2018|

Institute Scientist Presents Innovative Research

The Hormel Institute highlighted at gynecologic cancer conference Dr. Ilana Chefetz, Assistant Professor and leader of the Cancer Stem Cells and Necroptosis lab at The Hormel Institute, was invited to present key research discoveries at the Gynecologic Oncology Fall Research Symposium. The conference was held at the University of Minnesota Medical School as part of [...]

November 30th, 2018|

Institute’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Part Of Major Series

Dr. Ted Hinchcliffe's research featured by Department of Defense program The cancer research conducted by Dr. Edward "Ted" Hinchcliffe focused on pediatric brain tumors is highlighted in an current "In Focus" series on the CDMRP Peer-Reviewed Cancer website. CDMRP (Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs) is part of the Department of Defense and oversees research that [...]

November 21st, 2018|

Pink gas pumps fund Hormel Institute research

Through the month of October you can support The Hormel Institute’s cancer research by reaching for the pink pump at participating gas stations throughout Iowa and other states. Three cents of every gallon of E15 sold at participating retailers during October will be donated to The Hormel Institute and the National Breast Cancer Foundation as [...]

October 22nd, 2018|

Cancer Suppression Breakthrough Discovered at The Hormel Institute

Published discovery may lead to new therapy for bile duct cancer affecting the liver Dr. Sergio Gradilone and team at The Hormel Institute's Cancer Cell Biology and Translational Research lab published breakthrough cancer research in the high impact journal Hepatology. Dr. Gradilone led the research team that included Drs. Adrian P. Mansini, Estanislao Peixoto and [...]

October 15th, 2018|

Leukemia drug resistance breakthrough published

Institute research discovers epitranscriptomic causes of drug resistance  A major breakthrough in understanding the cause of drug resistance in leukemia was published in Cell Research this week based on the discoveries by Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section at The Hormel Institute. Dr. Liu and his team studied the [...]

October 12th, 2018|

Institute scientists to attend elite conference

American Cancer Society sponsored meeting focuses on groundbreaking research   Dr. James Robinson, head of the Cell Signaling & Tumorigenesis lab at The Hormel Institute, and Dr. Edward “Ted” Hinchcliffe, head of the Cellular Dynamics lab at The Hormel Institute, will attend the Jiler Professors and Fellows Conference meeting this week. The Jiler Professors & [...]

September 25th, 2018|

Local funds launch Innovative Prostate Cancer Research

Local funds launch Innovative Prostate Cancer Research New prostate cancer research is underway at The Hormel Institute, thanks to grants funded by "Bowling for the Battle," organized by the Tom Gillard family and Farmers Insurance. The two grants were established by the Institute and awarded internally to scientists with innovative ideas for advancing answers to [...]

July 31st, 2018|

Register for Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament

  Tournament raising funds for cancer research for 6th year  The Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament & Silent Auction is coming to Adams again this June. Started in 2013, the tournament has donated over $35,000 to The Hormel Institute to fund innovative cancer research. This year’s tournament and silent auction will take place on Saturday, [...]

May 29th, 2018|

PTTP Concert Tickets at More Locations

Tickets for the Paint the Town Pink concert on July 10 featuring Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” are now on sale at locations around Austin. Visit Austin Hy-Vee, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, Austin ArtWorks Center, Coffee House on Main, or The Hormel Institute to purchase tickets. Tickets are $100 each and are [...]

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Another Institute Breakthrough – Lung Cancer Target Identified

Dr. Luke Hoeppner lab pinpoints protein involved in cancer growth A new target leading to a potential novel therapy for lung cancer was discovered through research led by Dr. Luke Hoeppner, head of the Molecular Biology and Translational Cancer lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The research, published in Communications Biology, is a [...]

May 11th, 2018|

Colon Cancer Metastasis Breakthrough Discovered at The Hormel Institute

Published discovery may lead to new therapy for deadly cancer  Dr. Tatyana Zykova, along with other scientists in the Cellular & Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, led by Dr. Zigang Dong, published breakthrough colon cancer research in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. Dr. Zykova and team discovered how a specific [...]

May 1st, 2018|

University of Minnesota and partners launch statewide cancer clinical trials network

New clinical trials network is funded in partnership with the State of Minnesota Minnesotans living in rural areas throughout greater Minnesota will soon have better access to new cancer treatments and enhanced care delivery, thanks to a new state-funded partnership between University of Minnesota and the state's major health and research systems. As part of [...]

April 11th, 2018|

Ilana Chefetz Confronts Ovarian Cancer

The University of Minnesota researcher is on the front lines in the fight against the disease. Ilana Chefetz isn’t someone who backs down from a challenge. During her mandatory service in the Israeli military police back in 1997, a male colleague working with her to investigate a motorbike theft opined that young women were not cut [...]

April 2nd, 2018|

Inflammation’s impact on cancer is a breakthrough

The Hormel Institute finds link in colon cancer prevention   Colon cancer could be better treated -- or even prevented -- thanks to continuing discoveries between inflammation and a common cellular process, established in new research by The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.  Dr. Ke Yao of Dr. Zigang Dong's Cellular and Molecular Biology lab  published [...]

March 10th, 2018|

Institute scientist makes liver cancer breakthrough

Discovery suppresses liver tumor growth Dr. Ningling Kang and team from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota published exciting new research in the high impact journal Gastroenterology impacting liver cancer development. The research focuses on the role that specialized cells and enzymes play in tumor growth in the liver. The article, “P300 acetyltransferase mediates stiffness-induced [...]

February 16th, 2018|

Scientists identify new targets to restore damage caused by cancer development

Important discovery has potential for new cancer therapy The Hormel Institute's Drs. Adrian Mansini, Estanislao Peixoto, Suji Jin, Kristen Thelen, and SURE intern researcher Maetzin Cruz-Reyes, along with lab section leader and professor Dr. Sergio Gradilone, published groundbreaking research in the high impact journal Hepatology. The article, "MiR-433 and miR-22 dysregulations induce HDAC6 overexpression and [...]

February 7th, 2018|

Paint the Town Pink Events Start Now!

Eighth annual campaign aims to raise $300,000 and growing  This week marks the beginning of the official 2018 Paint the Town Pink campaign, which runs from January 27-February 11. Communities all across the area are holding events to raise money to support The Hormel Institute’s cutting-edge cancer research. Paint the Town Pink started in Austin [...]

January 25th, 2018|

Institute discovery a Wilms’ Tumor breakthrough

Institute discovery a Wilms' Tumor breakthrough Karl R. Potach Foundation funded research published in Carcinogenesis  Researchers from the Cellular and Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute had their cutting edge Wilms' Tumor research discovery published in the top cancer journal, Carcinogenesis. The research team was led by Dr. Kun Yeong Lee and included Drs. [...]

December 21st, 2017|

Institute scientist awarded American Cancer Society grant

Research Scholar Grant will fund melanoma research for four years Dr. James Robinson, head of The Hormel Institute's Cell Signaling and Tumorigenesis lab, was awarded an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant. The nearly $800,000 Research Scholar Grant award will help fund a research project titled “Determination & Validation of Resistance Mechanisms in Melanoma.” Melanoma [...]

November 30th, 2017|

Institute pairs biomarkers to help develop biomedicine

Colon cancer "precision" research makes cover of top cancer journal   Groundbreaking cancer research from The Hormel Institute's Dr. Seung Ho Shin made the cover article of a top online research journal EBioMedicine. Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S. and therefore better and more effective research and treatments for this [...]

November 29th, 2017|

Institute scientist presents prostate cancer research

Conference grants awarded to The Hormel Institute's Dr. Arsheed Ganaie A Hormel Fellow researcher in the Molecular Therapeutics & Cancer Health Disparity lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota received an award from the Society for Basic Urological Research 2017 Fall Symposium in recognition of his excellent research. Dr. Arsheed Ganaie presented his research [...]

November 28th, 2017|

Institute’s colon cancer research published in high impact National Academy of Sciences journal

Research studies affects on immune system in quest to help prevent metastases  Dr. Ke Yao from Dr. Zigang Dong's Cellular and Molecular Biology lab of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota published colon cancer research this week in the top scientific journal  PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The research team included Drs. [...]

November 15th, 2017|

The Hormel Foundation contributions reach record $244.5 million

  Community will be richly impacted with another $8.2 million in gifts  The Hormel Foundation approved a budget of $8.2 million for 2018 grants and annual contributions to benefit Austin-area organizations. With this year's contributions, The Hormel Foundation has distributed $244.5 million to the community, with 86% of that since 2000. "It is a tremendous [...]

November 13th, 2017|