Our Impact

Data Stories

Data Stories

The Allen Institute for Brain Science released its first public data, from the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, in 2004. Since then, we’ve shared data and tools from mouse, human and non-human primate brains. The neuroscience community has used our data to gain insight into autism, language disorders, the biology of the visual system and more.

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Data Stories | Understanding STING

April 2, 2020

See how researcher Kathryn McGuckin Wuertz is trying to understand the relationship between infectious diseases and neurological diseases.


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. 


Data Stories | How bird brains help us understand our own

December 2, 2019

Erich Jarvis studies how vocal learning evolves. Allen Institute resources are helping him connect the dots from bird song to human speech. 


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.


Data Stories | Addiction & the visual system

May 1, 2019

See how researcher Randy Ellis uses the Allen Brain Observatory dataset as he works to find new ways to treat drug addiction.


Data Stories | A tiny brain structure with an outsized role in neurological disorders

February 8, 2019

Neuroscientist Emily Sylwestrak’s studies of the habenula could one day shed light on the biology of addiction. It all began with a chance observation she made sifting through data from the Allen Institute.


Data Stories | Untuned but not irrelevant

June 19, 2018

See how University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher Joel Zylberberg used data from our Allen Brain Observatory to test his hypothesis about the visual system’s “untuned neurons.”


Data Stories | Decoding the brain

March 20, 2018

See how high school student Kathleen Esfahany used data from the Allen Brain Observatory.


Data Stories | Molecular roots of language disorders

November 9, 2017

See how computational scientist Emma Myers used the Allen Human Brain Atlas to explore the molecular roots of speech and language disorders.


Data Stories | Visualizing the human brain

July 10, 2017

Computational biologist Ahmed Mahfouz, Ph.D., used data exclusively from the Allen Brain Atlas for his dissertation and to explore a signature of autism risk genes.


Data Stories | Autism & the oxytocin system

March 8, 2017

Sara Freeman is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis who uses the Allen Human Brain Reference Atlas in her study of brain areas that express receptors for the hormone oxytocin.


Data Stories | Exploring the teenage brain

November 10, 2016

Researchers at the University of Cambridge merged data from the Allen Human Brain Atlas with MRI brain scans and made an important discovery about the teenage brain.