Accelerating discoveries and pushing the frontiers of bioscience
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.
Our scientists within each division collaborate in a team science approach, tackling big science projects. And everything learned within our walls is shared publicly across the world in what we call open science.
All this work is done to fulfill our founder Paul G. Allen’s vision for accelerating global progress towards improving health and lengthening life.
15 Years of Impact at the Allen Institute
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Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships.
Highest-Resolution Human Brain 'Parts List' To Date Lays Road Map to Better Treatments for Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders
August 21, 2019
Crucial differences discovered in human and mice brain cells could explain why many drugs that work in the lab don’t work in us
This is what it’s like to donate your brain to science
August 6, 2019
Casey Schorr underwent invasive surgery to quell the epileptic seizures that were taking over his life. Now, a small piece of his brain tissue is helping scientists better understand the human brain.
Virtual reality is helping neuroscientists better understand the brain
August 2, 2019
TeraVR lets researchers capture neurons’ 3D shapes in exquisite detail by immersing users into a virtual mouse brain
Simulations of life — in health and disease
August 1, 2019
Computational models that shed light on how we age, how cancer drugs work (or don’t work), how bacteria evade antibiotics and more highlighted in Exploring Frontiers symposium
Machine learning toolkit lets biologists navigate their way through a 3D cell
July 23, 2019
Allen Cell Structure Segmenter combines classical methods with artificial intelligence to automatically find the edges of cellular structures
These neurons are tied to one of multiple sclerosis’ most dramatic effects: Brain shrinkage
July 17, 2019
A new study identifies a type of brain cell that withers away in late stages of the disease
Our Impact on Science, and our World
Our knowledge, data and tools have been a catalyst across the world, allowing other scientists to accelerate their research and advance our understanding of human health and disease.