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
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
Projects launch to map the nucleus, the information center of our cells
October 15, 2020
Through the NIH-funded 4D Nucleome program, new efforts are underway to model the nucleus in human stem cells and capture 3D genome organization in mouse and human brain cells.