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Research rises at Hormel Institute...

I often wonder if area residents realize just how much research happens at the Hormel Institute in Austin, Minnesota (for outsiders, that's "the other Hormel" not Hormel Foods). Check out my archive story from 2004 for a little background on that.


Just this week, the Hormel Institute announced it's getting a $425,000 federal grant"to support research into the effectiveness of potential agents for preventing certain types of cancer."

Hormel, which is part of the University of Minnesota, has partnered recently with Mayo Clinic here in Rochester, Minnesota on cancer-preventive research.

I note that Hormel now calls itself "The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota-Mayo Clinic."

"The National Cancer Institute, part of the federal government’s National Institutes of Health, approved the eight-month grant this week for The Hormel Institute’s Associate Director, Dr. Ann Bode, who is the project’s principal investigator. Executive Director Dr. Zigang Dong and Bode co-lead the Cellular and Molecular Biology section, the largest laboratory at The Hormel Institute," says an institute announcement.

Researchers will study:

• Identification of biomarkers "to reflect mechanistic changes (how the anti-cancer agents affect how the cells work) also relevant to chemoprevention."

• Development and testing of drugs provided by the National Cancer Institute for cancer treatment and prevention

• Testing of drug effectiveness in treating and preventing breast and colon cancer.

• Biomarkers that can predict the effectiveness of the drug in specific types of cancer patients in order to optimize treatment and efficacy.

“We are on a very tight and competitive timeline to complete most of the work within one year” Bode was quoted by the institute as saying. She and Dong publish "regularly in the world’s top cancer journals, including a featured cover article in 2010 in Cancer Research (the top cancer research journal in the United States) and a recent publication (March 2011) in one of the world’s highest impact cancer journals, Nature Reviews Cancer."


Pulse on Health
By Jeff Hansel, member Association of Health Care Journalists
Health Reporter for the Post-Bulletin newspaper, 18 1st Ave. S.E. in Rochester, Minnesota 55904 
Twitter Hansel's Pulse: @Jeff Hansel


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