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
Scientists find mouse neurons that are unique to male or female brains
October 17, 2019
Study linking behaviors with cells in an ancient section of the brain also pinpointed a neuron tied to social fear
Allen Institute debuts new window into brain cell communication
October 14, 2019
Coupled with new research on brain cell types and connections, these data allow the scientific community to explore questions about brain diseases and psychiatric disorders
New grants to study the aging brain and build better tools to access brain cells
October 8, 2019
NIH funding will support an atlas of aging mouse brain cell types and a toolkit to light up specific brain cell types