E-Progress Report of The Hormel Institute

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Dear Friends,
Our wish for each of you is that the coming year is one filled with peace, sustained with good health, and prospered with all that is most meaningful to you.  We truly thank you for helping us improve human health through research, so people live longer, healthier lives.

Enjoy a happy, holiday season!

In friendship,

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


Major Breakthrough in Understanding How Skin Cancer Develops
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. The research used a bone marrow transplantation model to induce carcinogenesis with a hydrocarbon carcinogen and a plant compound as a tumor promoter.

$2 Million in Prostate Cancer Research Grants for The Hormel Institute
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 into prostate cancer and understand how the genetic changes in patients affect tumor development.

The Hormel Institute named 9th in Nation
Grad School Hub named The Hormel Institute 9th in a ranking of graduate research institutes in the United States. The institutes were ranked based on their research activity, grant funding, awards and facilities, among other items. See the full list here: https://www.gradschoolhub.com/best/graduate-research-institutes/


SURE Internship Applications Open
The Hormel Institute’s Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Internship is open to undergraduate students entering their junior or senior year of school. This paid, ten-week program allows students to work in the lab with researchers at The Hormel Institute. All application items are due by March 1, 2019. New this year is an online application process. Learn more and apply here:

Seminar Series Continues
The Hormel Institute’s weekly bi-weekly seminar series continues to be an excellent opportunity for our faculty and staff to stay updated with research conducted internally and beyond. Recent seminars have included “Topoisomerase poisons and PARP inhibitors: Improved efficacy or enhanced toxicity in ovarian cancer?” by Dr. Scott Kaufmann of Mayo Clinic, and “Adenovirus Library and Its Application to Infectivity Selective Oncolytic Adenovirus” by Dr. Masato Yamamoto of University of Minnesota.


Eagles Cancer Telethon coming end of January
The annual 5th District Eagles Cancer Telethon will air January 19-20, 2019. The telethon has donated over $3 million to The Hormel Institute since 1999. Be sure to tune in!

Lyle Area Cancer
Lyle Area Cancer will hold their huge annual Lyle Area Cancer Auction on January 19, 2019. Lyle Area Cancer donates all money raised throughout the year to the Eagles Cancer Telethon in Rochester, which is then distributed to The Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic, and University of Minnesota.

Paint the Town Pink page updated
Our Paint the Town Pink page has been updated with the 2019 dates for all major events and new events are added all the time. Learn more here: https://www.hi.umn.edu/pttp/

Business After Hours on January 8
The Hormel Institute and Hy-Vee Foods will host Austin Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event on Tuesday, January 8 from 5-7pm. There will be a pink costume contest and “Stuff the Bag” fundraiser so make sure to mark your calendar and join us!

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