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.

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News Highlights

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


The neurons that respond to novelty

February 26, 2020

When mice see unfamiliar images, certain neurons in the visual part of their brains kick into high gear. Scientists think these neurons could be involved in learning. 

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Allen Institute adds former Washington governor, executives from JPMorgan Chase and Deloitte to Board of Directors

February 19, 2020

Margaret Anderson, Phyllis J. Campbell and Gary Locke bring expertise in translational science, finance, and government relations and policy to the nonprofit research organization’s governing board

In the News

Epilepsy treatment side effect: New insights about the brain

Associated Press

February 11, 2020

Live brain tissue donations by neurosurgery patients like Genette Hofmann are helping our scientists learn more about the brain.


From brains to big data: How neuroscientists scale up research

February 12, 2020

A neuron’s months-long journey through the many sterile-gloved hands that make up a science pipeline


Hodgkin lymphoma recruits and trains immune cells to help it thrive

January 14, 2020

Study also highlights possible new targets for treatment, how to better tailor cancer therapies for individual patients


5 unsolved mysteries about the brain

March 14, 2019

Can we understand our own brains? We have a long way to go, neuroscientists say.

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.
With the support of Allen Institute for Cell Science resources, stem cell researcher Evangelos Kiskinis and his colleagues discovered a strange — literal — wrinkle in neurons from ALS patients.

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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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