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Broad@15

In 2004, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard launched with a mission to improve human health.

This year marks our 15th anniversary. During that time, biology and medicine have evolved in astonishing ways, and so have we. Our community now includes more than four thousand scientists, software engineers, and more, with collaborations in more than three dozen countries.

We think the amazing pace of scientific progress is a story worth sharing. Beginning in the summer of 2019 and continuing through spring of 2020, we’ll host a series of public talks to trace the evolution of key fields of science and medicine over the last 15 years, and look ahead to how they might continue to evolve in the future.

These engaging discussions will be in place of our regular Midsummer Nights’ Science and Science for All Seasons series, which will return later in 2020. 

We hope you’ll join us in person or online! Sign up here to stay up to date!

All of the talks will take place from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, followed by a reception, unless otherwise noted.

Topics

The Human Genomic Revolution: Past, Present, and Future
Eric Lander 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Over 15 years ago, the scientific community celebrated the sequencing of the first human genome. It’s time to ask how this monumental effort has transformed biomedical science, from basic research to the understanding and treatment of disease. Eric Lander, Broad Institute president and founding director and one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project, will survey the impact — what we’ve learned, and what lies ahead.

This lecture is presented in memory of Eliana Hechter and is supported by the Eliana Hechter Memorial Fund.

 

Cancer
Todd Golub
September 19, 2019

 

Mental Health
Benjamin Neale and Beth Stevens
October 7, 2019

 

Therapeutics
Anna Greka and Florence Wagner
Thursday, November 14, 2019

 

Genome Editing
David Liu and Feng Zhang
January 21, 2020

 

Infectious Disease
Deborah Hung and Pardis Sabeti
Thursday, February 13, 2020

 

Sequencing and Data Sciences
Jonathan Bloom and Stacey Gabriel
Wednesday, March 4, 2020

 

Single-cell Biology
Aviv Regev
May 5, 2020