The human brain is the most complex piece of organized matter in the known universe. We’re working to uncover its mysteries.
The human brain is the most complex piece of organized matter in the known universe. We’re working to uncover its mysteries.
Brain Science Mindscope Neural Dynamics

The Allen Institute is committed to uncovering some of the most pressing questions in neuroscience, grounded in an understanding of the brain and inspired by our quest to uncover the essence of what makes us human.  

Our focus on neuroscience began with the launch of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in 2003. This division, known worldwide for publicly available resources and tools on, is beginning a new 16-year phase to understand the cell types in the brain, bridging cell types and brain function to better understand healthy brains and what goes wrong in disease. Our MindScope Program focuses on understanding what drives behaviors in the brain and how to better predict actions. In late 2021 we launched the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics, a new research division of the Allen Institute that is dedicated to understanding how dynamic neuronal signals at the level of the entire brain implement fundamental computations and drive flexible behaviors.

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Neuroscience News


How do human neurons respond to psychedelics?

November 12, 2022

Neuroscientists send live human brain samples on a trip to glean insights into consciousness, therapy for depression and anxiety  


SciShots: Illuminating a mysterious brain structure

November 11, 2022

Neuroscientists are shedding literal light on the mouse claustrum, a tiny part of the brain with an outsized number of connections 


Lake Conferences

November 9, 2022

Circuit Neuroscience Basel and the Allen Institute are pleased to announce the Lake Conferences aiming to provide stimulating forums to broad research communities in key developing areas of neuroscience.

Our Impact | Data Stories

We freely share our neuroscience data and tools to accelerate research and discovery. See how our open resources are helping scientists gain insight into autisum, language disorders, the biology of the visual system and more.

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The Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience

This three-year data science fellowship program aims to integrate data scientists into neuroscience research, challenge traditional approaches to neuroscience, provide multidisciplinary mentorship, and foster networking and career development.

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