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 CellProfiler for Biological Image Analysis
This workshop will instruct participants in the use of CellProfiler, an open-source, freely-downloadable software package designed for large-scale, automated phenotypic image analysis. Attendees are encouraged to contribute sample images from their assays as part of the demonstration. We will also briefly discuss the basic principles of supervised machine learning in order to score phenotypes where phenotypic differences between samples are not visible by eye.
  September 19   Registration is closed

Statistical Genetics
This workshop provides an introduction to the basic principles of statistical genetic analysis. 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, and introduction to rare variant testing approaches.

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. Participants will not need to bring a laptop, as computers will be provided. At the end of the workshop, participants should have a basic understanding of the elements of genetic analysis for common and rare 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. The practical components of the workshop will include command line work, so basic familiarity with Unix environment is strongly recommended.  
  September 29   Registration is closed
Firehose Workshop
This workshop will have 4 sections.
  1. Introduction: This section will cover history, current stats, and the conceptual framework of Firehose, and will demonstrate the many FH workflows (e.g., GDAC, GTEx) and the many tools available.
  2. How to run a project: This section will focus on the actual process of running a project in Firehose and discuss Firehose features and tools. It will describe the steps needed to set up and run a project in Firehose including importing data, using workflows, working with samples (sets, pairs, and individuals), and running tasks.
  3. Advanced: This section will describe some more advanced features of Firehose along with basic troubleshooting, and will cover the use of FUSE and Redshirt.
  4. Tool installation: This section of the workshop will demonstrate the steps necessary to put a tool into the Firehose workflow. This section is for tool builders and more advanced users of Firehose.
  October 2   Registration is closed
Drug Discovery 101   November 3    
LINCS/CMAP   November 24    
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