The human brain is the most complex piece of organized matter in the known universe. We’re working to uncover its mysteries.
Our brains are what make us human. They give rise to our thoughts, actions, movements and desires, store our memories, and enable us to navigate our world every day. Yet despite decades of research—and impressive knowledge gathered about other aspects of the human body, including our entire genetic sequence—the brain remains largely unknown.
The Allen Institute for Brain Science was established to answer 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.
Brain Science News
Sorting neurons by their shape and activity to understand the elements making up the brain
June 17, 2019
Large study of mouse neurons’ 3D shape and electrophysiology reveals new rules of brain architecture and neuron diversity
A model for how the brain stays in sync
May 28, 2019
Mathematical recreation of the mouse brain posits that strong long-range connections — which are often lost in Alzheimer’s patients — help neurons synchronize their activity
5 unsolved mysteries about the brain
March 14, 2019
Can we understand our own brains? We have a long way to go, neuroscientists say.