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2022 Media Boot Camp

Applications are now closed for the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard's 2022 Media Boot Camp program.

This annual program connects health/science journalists and editors with faculty from the Broad Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and Harvard’s teaching hospitals for a two-day event exploring how the latest advances in genomics are transforming biomedicine. Attendees will explore possible future storylines, gain fundamental background knowledge, and build relationships with researchers. The program format will include presentations, discussions, and lab tours.

The Media Boot Camp will take place in person at the Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13 (with an evening welcome reception on Wednesday, May 11). 


All attendees must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Any additional COVID-19 safety precautions will be communicated closer to the program dates. Hosting this program in person is predicated on conditions continuing to improve. Should the situation change, event details will be adjusted accordingly. 

Boot Camp topics include:

  • Psychiatric research: Advances in psychiatric disease research and how scientists are translating genetic findings into biological understanding of the brain.
  • Gene editing: Building new gene editing tools by harnessing natural molecular systems and improving existing approaches for treating genetic diseases.
  • Infectious disease: Tackling infectious disease questions systematically during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Machine learning: Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to address large-scale challenges in biomedicine.
  • Drug discovery: Nimble drug discovery projects for cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, cancer, and more.

Current speakers include: Todd Golub, Anna Greka, David Liu, Bronwyn MacInnis, Benjamin Neale, Heidi Rehm, Morgan Sheng, Eliezer Van Allen, and Feng Zhang. More to come.

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

Hotel accommodations and meals during the program will be provided by the Broad Institute. Attendees must cover travel costs to and from Boston. 

Application Process

By Friday, March 25 (5:00 PM Eastern time), 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 recent news clips, to Senior Media Relations Manager Karen Zusi-Tran at

Please contact Karen at or 617-714-8011 with any questions. 

Aspects of this program are subject to change.


Karen Zusi-Tran, Senior Media Relations Manager