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2018 Media Bootcamp: Applications closed

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard is now accepting applications for its first Media Bootcamp, “Biomedicine in the 21st Century: Where are we headed, how will we get there?”.

This program will bring together health/science journalists and faculty from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School and Harvard’s teaching hospitals, as well as other leading institute scientists, for a two-day event exploring how the latest advances in genomics are currently transforming biomedicine in ways that were unimaginable as recently as five years ago. Ahead-of-the-curve journalists will engage with ahead-of-the-curve scientists to imagine possible future storylines and build relationships. The program format will include presentations, lab tours, and demonstrations.

The Media Bootcamp will take place at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday April 5 and Friday April 6 (with an evening welcome reception on Wednesday April 4).


Topics to be covered include:

  • Advances in gene editing technologies. The CRISPR toolbox continues to expand as new techniques are developed to edit genes at the level of single base pairs, detect emerging diseases and pathogens, and more. Researchers will describe how the rapid development of gene editing has accelerated research and points to new, targeted therapies.
  • Genetics of psychiatric disease. The ability to study genetic associations is transforming our understanding of these debilitating conditions. Researchers will also discuss the emerging understanding of how immunology affects the brain.
  • The Human Cell Atlas, a global consortium, is utilizing cutting-edge sequencing and data-analysis technologies to characterize every cell type in the human body at the level of individual cells. Researchers will explain how the scope and ambition of this endeavor surpasses that of the Human Genome Project.
  • A greater understanding of cancer genetics is bringing us closer to the goal of personalized medicine. Researchers are also developing dependency maps that identify many different tumors' Achilles heels. Scientists will describe how new direct-to-patient programs and blood biopsy technologies are engaging patients as partners in the research enterprise.
  • As conditions such as tuberculosis continue to take thousands of lives daily around the world, infectious disease experts from a variety of fields are combining genomics, synthetic biology, and systems biology to solve both emerging and persistent global health threats. Researchers will describe the latest approaches to understanding, mitigating, and ultimately eradicating these diseases.

This Media Bootcamp is an educational offering. All presentations are on background.

Hotel accommodations, meals, and ground transportation within Boston/Cambridge will be provided by the Broad Institute. Attendees must cover costs for travel to and from Boston.

Application Process

Space is limited. By Friday, March 2, 2018, please send at least one paragraph describing your interest in the program and how you hope it will benefit your reporting, as well as three to five relevant news clips, to

Please contact David Cameron at or 617-714-7184 with any questions.


"Keynote" talks
Eric Lander
Aviv Regev

Infectious disease
Ashlee Earl
James Collins
Nathan Yozwiak (Pardis Sabeti lab)
Pardis Sabeti

Cancer genetics
Todd Golub
Jesse Boehm
Corrie Painter
Nikhil Wagle (Painter and Wagle will present on the Count Me In direct-to-patient projects)

Psychiatric disease
Steven Hyman 
Karestan Koenen
Beth Stevens
Kevin Eggan

Gene editing
Feng Zhang
Holly Rees (David Liu lab) 
Kevin Esvelt


David Cameron at 617-714-7184