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
This is what it’s like to donate your brain to science
August 6, 2019
Casey Schorr underwent invasive surgery to quell the epileptic seizures that were taking over his life. Now, a small piece of his brain tissue is helping scientists better understand the human brain.
Virtual reality is helping neuroscientists better understand the brain
August 2, 2019
TeraVR lets researchers capture neurons’ 3D shapes in exquisite detail by immersing users into a virtual mouse brain
Sorting neurons by their shape and activity to understand the elements making up the brain
June 17, 2019
Large study of mouse neurons’ 3D shape and electrophysiology reveals new rules of brain architecture and neuron diversity