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The Allen Institute is fiercely committed to solving some of the biggest mysteries of bioscience, researching the unknown of human biology, in the brain, the human cell, and the immune system. At the same time, we are pushing the frontiers of bioscience to continue to explore the edges of scientific discovery.
Cell by cell, scientists are building a high-resolution map of brain changes in Alzheimer’s disease
There is every reason to believe that Alzheimer's disease has its roots in specific types of brain cells. That's why Allen Institute scientists, together with collaborators at UW Medicine and Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute and with support from the National Institute on Aging, are taking a new kind of approach, cell by cell, to understand the disease. They've just released their first dataset, from 1.2M brain cells, that hints at the kinds of cells that die off or change in the neurodegenerative disease.
Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships.
Scientists capture detailed snapshots of mouse brain cells nibbling on neurons
November 28, 2022
3D structures of cells and connections reveal new role for an understudied brain cell
How do human neurons respond to psychedelics?
November 12, 2022
Neuroscientists send live human brain samples on a trip to glean insights into consciousness, therapy for depression and anxiety
SciShots: Illuminating a mysterious brain structure
November 11, 2022
Neuroscientists are shedding literal light on the mouse claustrum, a tiny part of the brain with an outsized number of connections
These brain cells named for stars contribute to Alzheimer’s
November 3, 2022
Mouse study reveals many new types of cells known as astrocytes and narrows their role in neurodegenerative disease
Allen Institute names Chris Beaudoin as Chief Operations Officer
October 21, 2022
Beaudoin brings more than two decades of leadership experience in the healthcare field to the Institute
Lab Notes | Cracking the code of addiction
October 13, 2022
Neuroscientists are working to crack the biology of reward and addiction.
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Reward is essential for life. Our brains flood with feel-good chemicals when we learn, eat, have sex. But these essential brain circuits are hijacked in drug addiction. Neuroscientists at the Allen Institute and the University of North Carolina are working to crack the biology of reward and addiction. Hear about their work and their hopes for the future of treating addiction in the latest episode of Lab Notes, a podcast from the Allen Institute.