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
These visual neurons catch what we might miss
December 16, 2020
When mice see faint objects approaching head on, certain neurons kick into gear — possibly to warn them
Allen Institute announces 2020 Next Generation Leaders
November 18, 2020
Six early-career neuroscientists will participate in unique advisory council for the Institute
The mammalian brain is built from many kinds of neurons. A new study reveals a holistic way to look at them.
November 12, 2020
Using a technique that simultaneously captures different kinds of features from each cell, researchers lay groundwork for a “family tree” of the brain