E-Progress Report of The Hormel Institute


Dear Friends,

The urgency of finding answers to cancer keeps us all working extremely hard at The Hormel Institute. Research achievements in lung cancer and colon cancer were recently published and our scientists continue to work every day to find new discoveries to treat and prevent cancer – we are so proud of them and know your dollars invested in The Hormel Institute are producing important results. On July 10 is the Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” PTTP fundraising concert and ticket sales are now underway and going fast. Generous donors are providing $1000 sponsorships to allow families touched by cancer a carefree night. We are so thankful to Gary and Pat Ray for spearheading this event and Richard and Nancy Knowlton, Hy-Vee and others for planning to make this a special and successful evening.  Eight innovative cancer research grants are underway that would NOT be possible without the grants YOU provide. Thank you for helping fund research so people can live longer, healthier lives, uninterrupted by cancer.

In friendship,

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


 Lung Cancer Target Identified by Institute Scientists

A new target leading to a potential novel therapy for lung cancer was discovered through research led by Dr. Luke Hoeppner, head of the Molecular Biology and Translational Cancer lab. Drs. Hoeppner, Sk. Kayum Alam and other colleagues discovered a protein called DARPP-32 accelerates lung cancer growth and helps cancer cells migrate.


Colon Cancer Metastasis Breakthrough Discovered at The Hormel Institute

Dr. Tatyana Zykova, along with other scientists in the Cellular & Molecular Biology lab led by Dr. Zigang Dong, published breakthrough colon cancer research – the team discovered how a specific protein helps colon cancer metastasize and used this discovery to find a possible new colon cancer therapy.



 Four past SURE Interns now employees

Ongoing hiring at The Hormel Institute has brought four familiar faces back to our labs. Four SURE Interns from years past, Kjersten Monson, Stephanie Holtorf, Nick Hanson and Seth Richard, are now employees at The Hormel Institute. We are happy to have them back and working as researchers in our labs.


Hotel California tickets on sale now!

Tickets for the Paint the Town Pink concert on July 10 featuring Hotel California “A Salute to the Eagles” are now on sale. Visit Austin Hy-Vee, Austin Area Chamber of Commerce, Austin ArtWorks Center, Coffee House on Main, or The Hormel Institute to purchase tickets. Tickets are $100 each and are also available online at: https://pttpconcert.eventbrite.com

 Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament

The Ryan Gordon Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on June 16 at the Cedar River Country Club in Adams, MN. This event has donated over $35,000 to The Hormel Institute since 2013. Call the Pro Shop to register at 507-582-3595.


 SURE Interns start June 4

We are excited to welcome our 2018 SURE Interns to The Hormel Institute on June 4. These ten interns are all undergraduate students who have each been paired with a lab at The Hormel Institute for a ten-week, paid research experience.


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