Brain Science 2017 Year in Review

December 18, 2017

It has been another eventful year for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, with data additions, new technologies and exciting scientific advancements. Here are some highlights from the past year.

We added human data to the Allen Cell Types Database.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science has added the first data from human nerve cells to the Allen Cell Types Database: a publicly available tool for researchers to explore and understand the building blocks of the human brain.

This first release includes electrical properties from approximately 300 living cortical neurons of different types derived from 36 patients, with accompanying 3D reconstructions of their shape or anatomy for 100 cells, and computer models simulating the electrical behavior of these neurons.

Learn more in our news story and press release and watch the video about the announcement.

We added new data, visualizations and models to our tools.

We updated both the Allen Cell Types Database and the Allen Brain Observatory with enhanced analysis and fresh data as we continue to grow these resources for the community.

We leveraged our investment with new grants.

We received new grant funding this year to lead global collaborations across brain science from several promiment sources. Learn more about our NIH grants in our press release, and watch the video about our work supported by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

We announced new technology to study brain cells.

Announced in a paper in Nature, Neuropixels probes represent a major advance in instrumentation, allowing researchers to record dynamic brain activity from hundreds of neurons at fractions of a millisecond resolution. Learn more about this collaborative project with scientists and engineers at imec, HHMI Janelia Research Campus and the University College London in our joint press release.

Researchers around the world used our resources to further their work.

Scientists used our data, tools and resources to investigate the brain in health and disease. Learn about people using our data in our video series Data Stories.

We published new research.

Allen Institute for Brain Science researchers published more than 60 scientific papers this year. View some highlights in our news stories and press releases.

We hosted and participated in events.

In additon to our presence at the Society for Neuroscience conference, we hosted our annual Showcase Symposium, held our Summer Workshop on the Dynamic Brain, and had speakers at numerous conferences and events all over the world. View a complete list of upcoming and previous events on our event page.

We showcased our culture.

Our scientists and engineers are a collection of brilliant people who have come together to accelerate the pace of neuroscience around the world. Learn more about our team culture in our most recent Brain Waves video, and see how our research can be applied to how we see the world in Color & Pattern.

For more of our year in review, visit the Cell Science and Frontiers Group recaps, and read our most recent Annual Report.