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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.
Mapping the whole human brain: Allen Institute to lead global collaboration
September 22, 2022
NIH BRAIN Initiative to fund primate brain atlases, maps of developing mouse brain, coordination and knowledge sharing, and brain function research
SciShots: The brain’s mysterious, multipurpose immune system
September 16, 2022
Microglial cells act as the brain’s waste disposal when healthy — can they be manipulated to protect against disease?
Opening up about open science
September 15, 2022
In five words, more or less, what does open science mean to you? We asked our talented teams at the Allen Institute.
Look in the labs
September 12, 2022
Get a behind the scenes look at the specialized laboratories and talented teams who make our work possible here at the Allen Institute.
23 interns, 4 coffee machines, 1 summer: Through the eyes of this year’s cohort of budding science professionals
August 26, 2022
Allen Institute welcomes interns on-site for the first time since 2019 — these are some of their stories
Lab Notes | Bees suffer from social isolation too
August 25, 2022
Neuroscientist Z Yan Wang investigated how social isolation impacted young bumblebees, and it looks like they grow up to be a little ‘socially awkward.’
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Lab Notes — a podcast from the Allen Institute
May 26, 2022 — Can we put a number on human consciousness? Neuroscientist Christof Koch is leading an effort to build a consciousness meter that could have real-world applications to determine whether coma patients are in a true vegetative state. Christof joined Lab Notes to talk about the science of consciousness, what psychedelic drugs have to do with consciousness, and how this new project could one day have applications in hospitals and clinics.