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Join the Live Learning Center project – be named on an extraordinary and beautiful new donor wall if you respond this week by April 29!

Two years ago we celebrated a monumental groundbreaking – the beginning of The Hormel Institute’s second major building expansion in eight years. Thanks to your support, we are now nearing completion on 20 new cancer research laboratories and a high tech global communications center – the Live Learning Center. Your outstanding support continues to allow us to accelerate research to help find answers to cancer. Along with many of the Institute’s scientists, I had the honor of attending and presenting at the 107th American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting. The conference fosters collaborations among cancer researchers from all over the world and we will continue those collaborations through the Live Learning Center – an education center where knowledge about cancer research discoveries will be shared and furthered. Cancer discoveries indeed will be accelerated through the expansion of The Hormel Institute and the collaborative platform it provides.

Please consider joining the front lines of cancer research.  We are continuing to fundraise for the $4.5 million Live Learning Center project and every tax-deductible gift of $500 and more (received by April 29) will be recognized on an extraordinary, beautiful donor wall in the Live Learning Center. The donor wall will be featured inside the multifunction room in front of the entrance to the auditorium. The wall will include donor names or memorial statements and feature research cell images in the background. Donors who gift $1,000 or more to the Live Learning Center will be invited to the June 1 Grand Opening and the historic reception for its first international cancer conference, The 7th China-U.S. Forum on Frontiers of Cancer Research symposium.

Thank you for “Coming Together for the Cure.”

In friendship,

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


Scientists present at international cancer conferences

Also, Scientists from The Hormel Institute joined about 19,000 other cancer researchers from more than 60 countries in April for the 107th annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). Institute researchers shared results from numerous projects including findings related to cancer of the liver, colon, and lungs. Section leaders from The Hormel Institute who had research shared at the conference, included Drs. Zigang Dong, Ann M. Bode, Ningling Kang, and Yibin Deng. Also, Dr. Rebecca Morris, leader of the Stem Cells & Cancer research section, presented recently at the Singapore International Conference on Skin Research. For more information, read “Institute researchers to present at upcoming conferences.”

The Hormel Institute partakes in MC2 Meeting

Attendees of the Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC²) gathered for the quarterly meeting, hosted by University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center on April 6 to discuss innovative projects and proposals for new investigations. Dr. Luke Hoeppner of The Hormel Institute presented his lab’s research with zebrafish and how these models relate to human disease.  MC² is a collaborative group consisting of researchers from The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota; Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis; Mayo Clinic; Hormel Foods Corp; and the University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca and other interested scientists.

Internal seminar series at Institute hosts research collaborators

Recent internal seminars at The Hormel Institute featured  projects from research collaborators. On March 31, The Hormel Institute hosted Dr. Aaron Sarver, from the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Dr. Sarver presented his seminar “Bone tumors in Man, Dog, and Mouse: a Summary Score Deconstruction Analyses of Osteosarcoma RNA-Seq Transcriptomics across three species” to the scientists of the Institute. On April 7th, Dr. Gina Razidlo visited the Institute and presented about pancreatic cancer. Dr. Razidlo is an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. The Hormel Institute’s internal lectures are offered every other week and aimed at generating feedback on projects as well as fostering scientific collaborations.


Expansion and Live Learning Center ready to launch

The Hormel Institute is nearing completion on the 2014-16 expansion and new Live Learning Center (LLC). The last push for campaign contributions for the LLC state-of-the-art communications and education center continues. The $4.5 million project has received tremendous support with donations still being accepted through next week. Only a small amount is left to raise for the $4.5 million project and every tax-deductible gift of $500 and more (received by April 29) will be recognized on a new, beautiful donor wall in the Live Learning Center. Donors who gift $1,000 or more to the Live Learning Center will be invited to the June 1 Grand Opening and the historic reception for its first international cancer conference, The 7th China-U.S. Forum on Frontiers of Cancer Research symposium. For more, read, “Live Learning Center ready to launch

Institute to host summer expansion open houses

As summer approaches, the public can look forward to opportunities to tour the expansion. The Hormel Institute will offer three open houses this summer. Free tours will take visitors through the new labs and Live Learning Center – including views of the new state-of-the-art auditorium and technology – to get an inside look at the tools used to accelerate cancer research. Open houses will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 4, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on July 29, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 30.


The Hormel Institute featured in new Spam ® Museum

Hormel Foods’ new Spam® Museum, now located in downtown Austin, opened to the public on April 22. Through interactive exhibits, the museum offers visitors a look into the history and making of Spam® and its global impact on the world today. The Hormel Institute, created by Jay C Hormel and gifted to the University of Minnesota in 1942, is also featured in the museum. A panel features The Hormel Institute and The Hormel Foundation, the Institute’s major benefactor. The Hormel Foundation is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Thanks to The Hormel Foundation’s support, 100% of every research donation to The Hormel Institute goes entirely to further cancer research. To see images of the panels, please view The Hormel Institute’s facebook post.


“Paint the Patch Pink” fundraiser helps secure $15,000 grant for breast cancer research.

A new Paint the Town Pink fundraiser is still reaping the benefits from last year’s season of planting. The Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation recently announced The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota as the recipient of this year’s $15,000 grant to support breast cancer research. Farmer John’s Pumpkin Patch was one of the nation’s pumpkin growers who committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold last fall to organizations involved in breast cancer research through the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. Formed in 2012, the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation provides aid in the fight against breast cancer by raising donations and then reviewing and awarding grant applications to cancer research organizations. For more, read “$15,000 grant secured from Pink Pumpkin Patch at Farmer John’s.


Scientists make annual visit to work with middle-school students

Dr. Edward “Ted” Hinchcliffe and senior lab technician Todd Schuster of The Hormel Institute made their annual visit to Austin’s Ellis Middle School in April to talk about science and work directly with students in the school’s science laboratories. The annual Ellis visit by Hinchcliffe and Schuster is part of The Hormel Institute’s extensive educational outreach efforts throughout the year that also include science fair judging; hosting all Austin 6th-graders for a full day of tours; and providing paid summer lab internships for undergraduate college students through our SURE program, among numerous other efforts. For more information, view the KIMT feature, “Middle school students get a visit from local scientists.”


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