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.

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Impact at the Allen Institute

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Latest News

Read more about the Allen Institute in the news and stories highlighting accomplishments and partnerships. 

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Allen Institute debuts new window into brain cell communication

October 14, 2019

Coupled with new research on brain cell types and connections, these data allow the scientific community to explore questions about brain diseases and psychiatric disorders

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New grants to study the aging brain and build better tools to access brain cells

October 8, 2019

NIH funding will support an atlas of aging mouse brain cell types and a toolkit to light up specific brain cell types

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Data Stories | How a weight loss drug acts on the brain

October 7, 2019

Scientists at a pharmaceutical company want to know how the drug they developed for weight management affects the brain. Allen Institute resources are helping them figure it out.

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A computational challenge to help developmental biology

October 1, 2019

Q&A with the scientists and organizers behind a new competition to use machine learning to reconstruct an entire animal’s developmental lineage

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Allen Institute announces 2019 Next Generation Leaders

September 25, 2019

Six early-career neuroscience researchers will participate in unique advisory council

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Three collaborative studies launch on ‘OpenScope,’ a shared observatory for neuroscience

September 24, 2019

2019 projects will tackle Alzheimer’s disease, motion detection, and how the brain processes contextual information 

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.

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See how researcher Randy Ellis uses the Allen Brain Observatory dataset as he works to find new ways to treat drug addiction.
See how Christopher Chen from Boston University's Tissue Microfabrication Laboratory used the Allen Institute's publicly available human cell lines to study the structure that gives our heart muscle the ability to contract and pump blood.


Our Revolutionary Scientific Resources

Atlases that map the brain, a “periodic table” of cell types in the brain, and an observatory allowing for a large-scale approach to understanding the brain and watching neurons fire in real time, are all available on Allen Brain Map.
We created the first predictive and integrated 3D cell explorer and a collection of human stem cells to help improve the collective understanding of human cells in health—and ultimately disease, all available on the Allen Cell Explorer.

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