Our health has a major impact on our quality of life as humans—and it’s a no-brainer that most of us would prefer to stay as healthy as possible. To accomplish that, it helps to have recommendations backed by scientific evidence. 

That’s where clinical research comes in.

Clinical research helps us understand what keeps humans healthy—and what factors may contribute to illness or disease. Findings from clinical research can help people make more informed decisions to protect their health and lead to safe, effective treatment or preventative measures when illness or injury arise.

We are proud to serve as a site for various clinical research studies that help represent the rural communities in Southeastern Minnesota.  Learn more about our current studies.

Participate in a Dietary Study

Help with important research! At The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota, we are looking for men and women 18 years or older to take part in a 20-week long dietary study looking at the effects of organic grass-fed beef on people who are prediabetic. Participants will get four free meals per week for 16 weeks and compensation up to $220. For more information, visit redcap.link/HormelBeefStudy


Smoking and Alcohol Study

Are you 21 years of age or older, in good health and want to make a little extra money? If so, the University of Minnesota and The Hormel Institute are looking for daily cigarette smokers and non-smokers along with light, moderate or non-alcohol drinkers to take part in a clinical study. You will be asked to attend two clinic visits, each lasting about 60 minutes. The two visits will take place about 2 weeks apart.  Prior to the clinic visits you will attend a virtual or in-person consent meeting to discuss the study in detail.  You will be paid $75 for each completed visit and $25 bonus for completing your daily surveys.  Minneapolis/St. Paul Metro Area: Call (612)-393-8967 or Email: smoking-alcohol@umn.edu  Austin, MN Area: Call (507) 355-5209 or Email: moe00193@umn.edu


Participants Still Needed for 10,000 Families Study

The Hormel Institute is excited to announce our partnership with the 10,000 Families Study (10KFS) of the University of Minnesota! 10KFS is a study of family health across Minnesota, looking at how environment, genetics, and daily life affect health and illness over time. We are partnering to invite families from Mower County and broader Southeast Minnesota to join the study; let’s make sure our region is represented in this landmark project! We’re also offering the opportunity to come over to the Institute for health visits, the in-person part of 10KFS, rather than go up to the Twin Cities. Want to see if your family is eligible to join 10KFS? Click on z.umn.edu/10KFS-Hormel. Questions? Email tenkfs@umn.edu.


For more information, contact:

Emily Heath, RN BSN
Clinical Research and Outreach Nurse
The Hormel Institute University of Minnesota
Office: 507-437-9642
Email: eheath@umn.edu