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2015 Year in Review

December 17, 2015

It has been a busy year at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Between new products, new global collaborations, scientific publications, news features and a brand new building, we have shared exciting science and made major strides toward understanding the brain and its components. Here are some notable accomplishments of the past year.

We debuted a new product.

  • We launched the Allen Cell Types Database in May with data from single cells in the mouse visual cortex. This new product is our first step toward creating a taxonomy of cells in the brain, helping to understand the brain’s function by understanding its fundamental components.  
  • We also launched our second Science Vignette, which uses gene expression data to classify cells in a beautiful interactive animation.

We completed an atlas.

We moved into our brand new headquarters.

We led major community efforts in the field of neuroscience.

  • We launched the global collaborative BigNeuron project to propel forward the state of the art in single neuron reconstruction. We also hosted our first BigNeuron hackathon in Seattle.
  • We were a key part of the alliance of brain researchers that launched Neurodata Without Borders: an effort to create a common language to share neuroscience data. Read the press release on the Neurodata Without Borders website.  
  • We grew our Next Generation Leaders program with the introduction of our second class of young neuroscientists who will advise the Allen Institute for Brain Science and serve as global ambassadors.

We published in major scientific journals.

Allen Institute for Brain Science researchers published more than 50 papers in 2015 in journals like Neuron, Cell, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Neuroscience and many more. Here are some highlights of our 2015 publications.

We grew our technologies and approaches.

We hosted events and trained scientists around the world.

We made the news.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science was prominent in the news in 2015. You can see all of our news coverage on our website. Here are the top 10 stories of the year.

Our scientists also wrote two stories in the Huffington Post:

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