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Broad Institute

The multidisciplinary community of researchers is built on an integrated partnership between Harvard University, MIT, and Harvard-affiliated hospitals that seeks a comprehensive understanding of the human genome and biological systems.

Generating Groundbreaking Genomic Research

Broad Institute

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Broad Institute was founded in 2004 in an unprecedented experiment of interdisciplinary and cross-institutional research. After the international Human Genome Project deciphered the human genetic code, scientists at Harvard and MIT became interested in questions that the Human Genome Project left open-ended. How could this new understanding of the genetic code inform our understanding of disease and in turn influence prevention, diagnosis, and treatment?

Following a decade of informal collaboration between the institutions, a donation from philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad established the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Today, the Institute's 3,000 researchers advance knowledge in areas including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, and psychiatry. This research spans biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, and medicine, and the institutions share data and findings in an unprecedented fashion.

Additionally, the Broad Institute's community programs engage educators, students, patients, and citizens in efforts to generate knowledge and better understand the connection between human genomics and disease. Through its unique and highly effective model, the Broad Institute works to improve human health and reframe our understanding of how groundbreaking scientific research is produced.

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