We are human. We are the next frontier.
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.
Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships.
Random chance in early brain development sets adult fruit flies’ personalities
March 24, 2020
Brain wiring asymmetry established as animals grow influences their innate behavior, a new study finds
Scientists recreated part of the mouse brain on a computer — and showed it movies
March 18, 2020
The 230,000-cell simulation of part of the visual system can serve as a testbed for understanding general principles of the brain, its creators say
What’s your favorite neuron? We asked 5 neuroscientists.
March 16, 2020
Once you’ve read this, you might have one too
Data Stories | What our heartbeats reveal about our brains
March 10, 2020
The human brain pulses every time the heart beats. Scientists have used that tiny jiggle to reveal new insights about our neurons.
Competition yields new approaches to trace development, cell by cell
March 4, 2020
The Allen Institute and Sage Bionetworks announced winners of the Allen Institute Cell Lineage Reconstruction DREAM Challenge
New clues about a huge, rare human brain cell
March 3, 2020
Study finds human von Economo neurons’ closest cellular cousins and captures first electrical recordings from these large spindle-shaped brain cells.
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.
Learn more about our approach to collaborative, open science.