E-Progress Report of The Hormel Institute



Dear Friends,

The holidays are nearly here and another year nearly over.  We ask you to take a very important action to make 2018 significant for one and all –  help us accelerate answers to cancer with a gift to support The Hormel Institute in your end of year giving plan. This year important new discoveries were found leading to the better understanding of how cancer works and more effective ways to prevent and control this disease. These discoveries have been published in top cancer journals, shared with scientists around the world.   Our scientists are dedicated to furthering answers so people – you – can live longer, healthier lives, with a goal to stop the devastation cancer causes.  We are thankful for The Hormel Foundation’s support – 100% of your gift funds our comprehensive, cutting-edge research. In 2018 several cancer research grants were launch solely through your gifts.   Thank you for your continued support – together we share the vision of “Today’s Research, Tomorrow’s Cures.”

In friendship,

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


 Leukemia drug resistance breakthrough published

A major breakthrough in understanding the cause of drug resistance in leukemia was published in Cell Research this week based on the discoveries by Dr. Shujun Liu, head of the Cancer Epigenetics and Experimental Therapeutics section at The Hormel Institute. Dr. Liu and his team studied the molecular causes for the development and maintenance of drug resistant phenotypes in leukemia, and looked for new therapeutic options based on that process to cure this blood cancer.


Published discovery may lead to new therapy for bile duct cancer

Dr. Sergio Gradilone and team at The Hormel Institute’s Cancer Cell Biology and Translational Research lab published breakthrough cancer research in the high impact journal Hepatology. “This discovery is critically important because it uncovers novel information on fundamental, ciliary-dependent mechanisms controlling the spread of malignant cells, and provides the foundation for novel anti-cancer therapies,” said Dr. Gradilone. “This research opens the door to a potential future treatment that limits the progression of this cancer that impacts the liver. Our goal is to stop cancer’s progression and life can be protected.”


MC2 meeting at The Hormel Institute

Attendees of the Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC²) gathered at The Hormel Institute on October 12 to discuss innovative projects and proposals for new investigations. The meeting was hosted at The Hormel Institute’s Ray Live Learning Center 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; Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota; Mayo Clinic; Hormel Foods Corp.; and other interested scientists.


For Women in Science

Dr. Ann Bode visited the French Embassy last month for the L’Oreal 2018 For Women in Science awards reception. Norah O’Donnell, co-host of CBS This Morning, hosted the event. The For Women in Science Fellowship is awarded annually to five female postdoctoral students to advance their research.

The Hormel Institute presents at AURI event

Director of Development and Public Relations, Gail Dennison, presented as part of the Disease Management Panel at AURI’s Nexus of Food and Health Event in October. The event looked at the current development and future possibilities for products and services to address specific health issues through food and ingredients.


Pink at the Pump® is back for 2019

Again this October, consumers were able to support The Hormel Institute’s cancer research by reaching for the pink pump at participating gas stations throughout Iowa and other states. This is the second year Pink at the Pump® has benefitted The Hormel Institute and we are grateful to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board for their support.



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