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
Modified, harmless viruses that light up neurons in glowing color could one day deliver treatments for deadly brain diseases
March 30, 2021
New neuroscience tools will enable detailed study of brain cells and could form the backbone of targeted gene therapies
How do you name a neuron?
March 18, 2021
A new brain cell lexicon aims to provide a common language for neuroscientists
Allen Institute launches fellowship for data scientists to study the brain
March 8, 2021
The Shanahan Foundation Fellowship at the Interface of Data and Neuroscience, a 3-year fellowship program co-hosted by the Allen Institute and the University of Washington, is now accepting applications