E-Progress Report of The Hormel Institute


Dear Friends-

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota continues to make progress in sharing the cancer research discoveries in Austin, Minnesota with a larger audience, gaining more interested collaborators and inspiring advocates.

Recently, Dr. Ann M. Bode, Associate Director of The Hormel Institute and leader of Biomarkers and Drug Resistance and co-leader of Molecular and Cellular Biology research sections at The Hormel Institute, and Dr. James Robinson, leader of the Cell Signaling & Tumorigenesis research section, were featured presenters at the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit. Hundreds of researchers, physicians, agencies, organizations, survivors, and caregivers from throughout the State of Minnesota gathered on June 29 as part of Vice President Joe Biden’s national symposium.

Drs. Bode and Robinson spoke on two panels (Cancer Prevention and Beyond Chemo & Radiation: Using the Immune system to Beat Cancer), along with researchers and physicians from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and Mayo Clinic.

We deeply appreciate Vice President Biden’s focus on the importance of collaboration, funding support for research, doing a better job sharing published research information and discoveries with the public and vitally important, doing all with a sense of urgency.

The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota shares these same goals and we appreciate the Masonic Cancer Center’s support. We all are truly “Coming Together for the Cure.”

In friendship,

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


Institute participates in Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Health hosted the Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit on June 29. The summit, part of the national initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden, aimed to generate ideas and commitments that will accelerate advances in cancer research, prevention, treatment and survivorship. For more information on the summit, please read, “The Hormel Institute Featured at Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit” or visit the summit webpage.

To watch Minnesota Cancer Moonshot Summit presentations and panel, please the Masonic Cancer Center’s facebook page. The page’s content is open to the public – you do not need to be a Facebook member/user.

Internal seminar series at Institute shares research

Recent internal seminars at The Hormel Institute featured a variety of research projects.

Dr. Da-Qing Yang of the Nutrition & Metabolism research section at The Hormel Institute, presented June 16 on “Targeting cytoplasmic ATM protein kinase and elevated glucose uptake as a novel therapeutic and diagnostic strategy against cancer.” On June 30, Dr. Margarita Malakhova, a scientist in the Cellular & Molecular Biology research section at The Hormel Institute, gave a presentation titled, “Structural insights on RSK/ERK complex formation.” The Hormel Institute’s internal lectures are offered every other week and aimed at generating feedback on projects as well as fostering scientific collaborations.


Institute to host summer expansion open houses

The public can look forward to two more opportunities this summer to tour The Hormel Institute’s expansion. Free tours will take visitors through the new labs and the Ray 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. The open houses will take place on Friday, July 29, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


GRAUC congratulates The Hormel Institute on recent expansion

Many members of Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges (GRAUC) attended The Hormel Institute’s Expansion Grand Opening on June 1. After the celebration, Mark Utz, GRAUC Board Chairman and Don Supalla, GRAUC Executive Director, wrote in to the Post Bulletin congratulating The Hormel Institute on the expansion. To read the letter to the editor, read “Letter: Expansion of Hormel Institute provides collaboration for regional benefits.

Memorial motorcycle ride in Iowa to raise funding for Institute’s cancer research

For the third-straight year, the 5th annual Norma Foster Memorial “Ride for a Reason” fundraiser has designated The Hormel Institute as the recipient of the proceeds from its event, which will be July 30 in Riceville, Iowa. In 2015, “Ride for a Reason” donated $21,000 in support to The Hormel Institute in memory of Norma Foster, who passed away in 2011 at age 55 from cancer. Aside from the motorcycles and classic cars, the event also will feature live and silent auctions along with raffles and food. For more information, visit the “Ride for a Reason” facebook event.


Gifted & Talented Symposium Visits Institute

The Hormel Foundation Gifted & Talented Symposium visited The Hormel Institute June 13. Attendees of the symposium toured the new research labs and learned about the cutting-edge technology housed at the Institute. They also enjoyed a dinner in the new Ray Live Learning Center. To view pictures of the event, please visit The Hormel Institute’s facebook post.


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