E-Progress Report of The Hormel Institute

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, takes pride in the achievements of our scientists. Congratulations to Mohammad Saleem (Bhat) Ph.D., leader of the Molecular Chemoprevention and Therapeutics research section, who received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute for research aimed to develop innovative new treatment options for prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States after skin cancer and is the second-leading cause of death from cancer in men. Cancer research saves and extends lives and that research is the key to finding a cure. It is humbling and encouraging to witness the continued support for our cancer research from our community and beyond. This new year has brought many opportunities to connect with individuals of all ages to spread awareness and education about the cancer research taking place at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota. The Hormel Institute also understands the importance of fostering an interest in science in young minds. In the past month our scientists met with sixth graders and international high school students and visited Ellis Middle School to share the importance of research. Education is key and The Hormel Institute is thrilled to be nearing the completion of the 2014-16 expansion project which will expand our research and aid the sharing of scientific ideas around the world. What better purpose of education than knowledge leading to improving and extending human life. The almost-complete Live Learning Center will help advance research and worldwide collaborations. You can also be on the front lines of cancer research by contributing to the Live Learning Center campaign as it successfully comes to a close this spring. Please remember your tax-deductible gift will accelerate cancer research, foster vital scientific collaborations through the facility’s state-of-the-art technology and allow us to host international cancer research conferences. You can play a part in the building of this educational facility. Donors $500 and up will be included on a beautiful new donor wall and $1000 up will be invited to a historic first cancer conference reception. The Hormel Institute scientists are inspired by your trust in our work. Thank you all for your greatly appreciated support. We all are “Coming Together for the Cure.”

In friendship,

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


Dr. Saleem receives major grant from National Cancer Institute for 5-year study

Mohammad Saleem (Bhat) Ph.D., leader of the Molecular Chemoprevention and Therapeutics research section at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, received a five-year, $1.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to continue work on developing new treatments for metastatic prostate cancer disease. For more information, read “Hormel Institute researcher awarded $1.7 million grant.


An in-depth look at the Live Learning Center project

With only months to go before the expansion is complete, the campaign for the center that will accelerate cancer research – the Live Learning Center – is still underway. Learn more about the details of the Live Learning Center in our LLC brochure. Please consider a donation – we need and appreciate you joining us on the front lines – Today’s RESEARCH, Tomorrow’s CURES.


Corporate Collaborations

Around 80 Hy-Vee Food Store general managers from the region met at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota on February 10 to collaborate and share store ideas and information. For more information, read “Hy-Vee Management Meeting.


“Plunging for Pink” Polar Plunge raises record donation amount

The 4th annual “Plunging for Pink” polar plunge raised more than $73,000 for breast cancer research at The Hormel Institute on January 30. 241 participants braved the cold and jumped in the icy waters of East Side Lake to raise awareness and funds for the 2016 Paint the Town Pink initiative. For photos and more information, read the Austin Daily Herald article, “Plunging past $73,000; Dutchtown Jumpers raise $13K.”

Austin Bruins host another successful “Paint the Rink Pink” night

The Austin Bruins’ annual “Paint the Rink Pink” night raised $41,579 for cancer research at The Hormel Institute. The Bruins have raised nearly $195,000 from the event since its creation in 2011. For more information, view the KAAL TV 6 feature, “Paint the Rink Pink Brings in Record Amount.”


Dr. Sergio Gradilone addresses Ellis students

Dr. Sergio Gradilone, leader of the Cancer Cell Biology and Translational Research lab at The Hormel Institute, was a guest speaker during assemblies at Ellis Middle School on February 12. Dr. Gradilone taught 7th and 8th graders about The Hormel Institute and the research conducted by his lab, as well as inspire their interest in science and health related education and future careers.

Ellis decorates doors to spread cancer awareness

Ellis Middle School students showed off their own “cancer research” and creative and scientific minds on February 12 as scientists from The Hormel Institute judge decorated doors, a project for Paint the Town Pink to raise cancer awareness. Each Ellis classroom studied a different type of cancer and designed classroom doors with statistics, information and graphics so students will learn about the many types of cancers. For more information, read the Austin Daily Herald article, “Ellis decks out doors for cancer project.

Austin High School international students learn about careers in science

International students from Mr. Arik Andersen’s Austin High School Chemistry class visited The Hormel Institute on February 8. They met with scientists who shared stories of their science education and what it is like to work at a cancer research center. The students also toured a lab for an up-close look at the equipment used to carry out cancer research experiments. To view photos from the visit, please view our Facebook post.

SURE Summer Internship applications due March 1

Applications for this year’s SURE internship program at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota must be postmarked no later than March 1 to be considered. The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience internship program typically provides about nine paid internships every summer that run for 10 weeks – June 13 through Aug. 19 this year – for college undergraduates. A priority is placed on applicants who are majoring in a science-related field and will be entering his or her junior or senior year following the internship but students who will be sophomores next fall and those with a medical-related major also are encouraged to apply.
Each application is required to have at least a completed application form, résumé, two letters of recommendation and an official transcript from the applicant’s college.


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