Broad Workshops

BroadE workshops bring researchers in the extended Broad community together so they can learn from one another. BroadE workshops (the 'E' stands for education) offer insights and share hands-on training in breakthrough technologies, high-throughput methods, and computational tools not typically found in conventional research labs. Through this ongoing series, which is open to Broad staff and to researchers at MIT, Harvard and Harvard-affiliated hospitals, the Broad community hopes to extend the impact of its science and openly share new methods.


New Registration System

It’s official — BroadE is a rousing success! In fact, demand is so high that our workshops quickly reach capacity, sometimes only minutes after being posted.

To meet this overwhelming demand and promote access to all in our community, we will repeat our most popular workshops during the coming year.

In addition, we will implement a new registration system for BroadE workshops occurring in June 2013 and later. Going forward, when a BroadE workshop is announced, we will also open a one-week application period. Participants will be selected from the pool of applicants who register during this period. In selecting participants from this pool, we will consider:

  • the applicant’s home institution
  • the applicant’s lab
  • whether the applicant has participated in previous workshops

This new registration practice will help us to ensure that BroadE workshops reach a diverse, balanced group of Broadies.


Upcoming Workshops

Using Morpheus for matrix visualization and analysis
In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to use Morpheus, a web-based application for matrix visualization and analysis. Participants will learn how to interact with multiple data types (e.g. gene expression and mutation in a heat-map-based view) and how to cluster, sort, and filter their data.
  April 28   Registration is closed.
Everything you always wanted to know about Proteomics but were afraid to ask
This half-day course will present essential aspects of proteomics of general interest to biologists and clinicians. Attendees will come away with a strong understanding of the important technologies and experimental approaches used in modern mass spectrometry-based proteomics.

Topics and applications presented will include:
  • Key types of proteomics experiments and sample requirements 
  • Quantitative MS approaches for global proteome and posttranslational analyses 
  • Basics of targeted MS for precise, reproducible measurements of peptides, proteins and their modifications in biology and medicine 
  • Data analysis approaches and statistical methods for confident identification of true differential proteins/peptides
  • Useful tools for annotating the MS results and to extract knowledge and organize results into pathways presented.
  May 11   Registration is closed.
Statistical Genetics
This workshop provides an introduction to the basic principles of statistical genetic analysis for common variants typically found in genome-wide association studies. This course is targeted for individuals who are interested in learning the basics of genetic analysis. Specific areas of focus for the course include:
  • Study design considerations for genetic association tests
  • Quality control (QC) procedures for genetic data
  • Basic analysis of genome-wide association SNP data
  • Extensions to primary analysis
The workshop will be a blend of lectures introducing each of these topics and then hands on practical application, in particular for QC and common variant analysis. Tutorial datasets will be provided for the introduction to the analysis of genetic data. At the end of the workshop, participants should have a basic understanding of the elements of genetic analysis for common variation. In particular, this workshop will provide a foundation for starting genetic analysis of real data and an introduction for how best to learn more about current techniques.
  June 8   Registration opens Monday, May 18.

Registration closes Friday, May 22 at 5pm.
Connectivity Map 101
The Connectivity Map (CMap) is composed of ~1.4 million gene expression profiles. In order to effectively mine this database, the CMap team has developed a suite of WebApps and command-line tools. This workshop will provide an introduction to CMap and training on the most up-to-date CMap apps and tools.
  June 24   Registration opens Monday, June 1.

Registration closes Friday, June 5 at 5pm.
Primer on Medical and Population Genetics
The Primer on Medical and Population Genetics series includes informal discussions of basic topics relevant to medical and population genetics by speakers drawn from across the Broad community. The target audience includes technicians, grad students, postdocs and established investigators just entering the field of complex trait genetics with the goal of bringing all up to speed on basic principles of human genetic variation, genotyping and sequencing methods, statistics, and analysis.

Please note: When the weekly MPG meeting is cancelled (due to weather, conflicting events, etc.) Primers are also cancelled.
September - January

  No Registration Necessary