Cutting-edge biomedical research

Started in 1942 by Jay C. Hormel, The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota has a more than eight-decade history of making significant scientific discoveries aimed at improving the health of the world. The Hormel Institute is an independent biomedical research department within the University of Minnesota’s Research and Innovation Office (RIO). Collaborative research partners include Masonic Cancer Center UMN (a Comprehensive Cancer Center as designated by the National Cancer Institute, NIH), Mayo Clinic (US News & World Report’s “Best Hospital in the United States”), and many other leading research centers worldwide. The Hormel Institute is home to some of the world’s most cutting-edge research technologies and expert scientists. The Hormel Institute continues to broaden its impact through innovative, world class research in its quest to improve human health.

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Nature Study Co-Led by The Hormel Institute Scientist Sheds New Light on VMAT Proteins Pivotal to Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases, Substance Addiction

“VMATs are targeted by an arsenal of therapeutic drugs and imaging agents to treat and monitor neurodegenerative disorders, hypertension, and drug addiction,” said Dr. Liu. “In vivo imaging of VMATs enables early detection and progression of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and drug addiction.”

Lawmakers Meet to Discuss 2024 Minnesota Bonding Bill and Their Support for the Minnesota Bioimaging Center (MBiC) at The Hormel Institute

On Tuesday, legislators from Austin and Rochester, MN met to discuss the 2024 Minnesota bonding bill and their support for the Minnesota Bioimaging Center (MBiC) at The Hormel Institute (HI).

How the 10K Families Study Could Help Reduce Health Disparities

The 10,000 Families Study (10KFS) started in 2017 and is hoping to address the unique health needs of Minnesota by following families over time and studying how the influences of genetics, lifestyle, and environment affect health and illness, including cancer. 

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Are you thinking about a career in biomedical research? We may have what you’re looking for. Take a look at our current job openings here.  Research is the only answer to cancer, and your important gift helps our world renowned scientists continue to make progress in their aggressive fight against cancer.

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Meet Jessie Meyer, the 2024 Paint The Town Pink ambassador

“When asked to take on this role, I debated briefly, but knew in my heart that this would be a good opportunity for me to share my story in the hopes of promoting preventative care and the importance of cancer research.”


The first Black and Gold Gala was a night to remember. Take a look at a photo gallery from the event here.