E-Progress Report of The Hormel Institute


With the new year upon us, we are one step closer to completion of the 2014-16 Expansion. This project will enhance and strengthen our worldwide research, add jobs, grow collaborations and allow us to host many new conferences and symposiums. We look forward to another year of groundbreaking progress, as research is the path to finding cures. You can help advance research and worldwide collaborations by supporting The Hormel Institute’s Live Learning Center. You have raised nearly $4.5 million for this state of the art facility, with only $300,000 left to go! 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 – two of which will be held this year. 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. We look forward to many events and celebrations this year: Expansion grand opening celebration, two international conferences, a major meeting for Hormel Foods Corp. and expanding our collaborations worldwide. As the number of our faculty and staff jobs grow at The Hormel Institute, please remember our work is for you

Today’s RESEARCH, Tomorrow’s CURES.

In friendship,

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


The Hormel Institute’s 2014-15 Annual Report now available online for viewing

Progress in cancer research is detailed throughout The Hormel Institute’s 2014-15 Annual Report, which includes reports from each of its cancer research section leaders. Pictures and details on The Hormel Institute’s research, growing staff and tremendous support from you, our friends, donors and community, are featured throughout the report. Please contact us if you have questions about the annual report and share it with others to raise awareness of the Institute’s leading work in cancer research.


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 – you will be part of the answers to cancer we are finding.


The Hormel Institute hosts MC2 Meeting

Attendees of the Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC²) gathered at The Hormel Institute on January 19 to discuss innovative projects and proposals for new investigations. The meeting was hosted at the Institute by consortium leader, Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute. The group meets quarterly to hear presentations on current projects. The collaborative group consists 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.


Events are underway throughout the region for Paint the Town Pink, with the 6th Annual Paint the Town Pink fundraiser officially running from Jan. 30 to Feb. 14.  The familiar pink flags and ribbons will be decorating Austin and nearby communities along with numerous “pink” events, including the marquee event – the Austin Bruins’ 6th annual “Paint the Rink Pink” hockey game Feb. 6 vs. the Coulee Region Chill at Riverside Arena.  For a complete list and details on PTTP events, go online to The Hormel Institute’s website  and click on the PTTP link at the top to view the PTTP calendar or go to Paint the Town Pink’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/austinpttp.  Thank you for this wonderful gift and your support, as the proceeds support cutting edge research that accelerates answers to not only breast cancer, but all cancers.

Chamber’s “Business After Hours” kicks off 2016 Paint the Town Pink

Sterling Drug and The Astrup Family Foundation presented a $23,235 check from their October 2015 breast cancer pin initiative to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota for breast cancer research, as Paint the Town Pink organizers kicked off the 2016 pink initiative with the Austin Area Chamber of Commerce’sBusiness After Hours” event. Hy-Vee co-sponsored the event providing pink food and treats attended by chamber members, Austin Bruins hockey team, and PTTP leaders.

Blooming Prairie Cancer Group makes $15,000 gift toward 2016 PTTP’s $200,000 goal

Blooming Prairie made a significant gift in December to the Paint the Town Pink initiative to support The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota’s breast cancer research. The Blooming Prairie Cancer Group presented The Hormel Institute’s Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong with a $15,000 donation raised from the organization’s various efforts throughout the year. A majority of the group’s annual fundraising goes to the 5th District Eagles Cancer Telethon that provides research funding to The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota.


Leadership Groups Learn More about Cancer Research

Members of Austin Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Austin and Minnesota Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Minnesota groups visited The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota on Thursday. Over 60 leaders from throughout the community and state learned about The Hormel Institute’s history, toured the world-renowned cancer research medical facility, and spoke with scientists about their cutting edge cancer research. For photos of the Leadership groups, view our Facebook post.

Austin’s Sixth-Graders Inspired by Science in Action

Hundreds of sixth-graders from Austin’s I.J. Holton Intermediate School and Pacelli Catholic Schools visited The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota on January 21st for the seventh annual “Sixth Graders Day at The Hormel Institute” aimed at getting students excited about science. Throughout the day, 12 tours brought students and faculty through the halls of The Hormel Institute to get a firsthand look at cancer research in Austin. Students toured the building, learned about the history of the Institute, watched science demonstrations and 3D imaging, and viewed two IBM supercomputers. For more information, read “Trying out science; Students make annual visit to The Institute.”


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