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 brain-map.org, 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.
New research to understand how the brain handles optical illusions and makes predictions
May 9, 2022
3 new projects launch on OpenScope, a shared neuroscience observatory
Why is the human brain so difficult to understand? We asked 4 neuroscientists.
April 21, 2022
Thoughts, memories, sensations — why are we still in the dark about how they work?
A day in the (neuroscience) life: Electron microscopy
March 17, 2022
Researchers on the EM team are viewing the brain in unprecedented detail
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.
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.