Allen Institute and The BRAIN Initiative

Allen logoAllen Institute’s mission is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Allen has been a major catalyst and facilitator of The BRAIN Initiative.

Launched in 2003 with a seed contribution from founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute takes on large-scale initiatives designed to push brain research forward, enabling the global scientific community to more efficiently make discoveries that bring real-world utility.

General Information

Web Information

Main Website:

Allen Brain Atlas Website:

BRAIN Intitiative Grant – Establishing a Comprehensive and Standardized Cell Type Characterization Platform”


YouTube Channel:


Wikipedia Entry: wiki/Allen_Institute_for_Brain_Science

Contact Information

Phone:  (206) 548-7000

Address: Mulitiple building in Seattle Washington. New building will be complete in the fall of 2015 at Mercer St. and Westlake Avenue North in Seattle.


Founder: Paul Allen

Founder, President and Chairman: Joyce Allen

Chief Executive Officer: Allan Jones, Ph.D.

Chief Technlogy Officer: Chinh Dang

Chief Scientific Officer: Christof Koch, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer: David Poston


The Allen Institute for Brain Science is a hub for many of the most creative scientific minds in neuroscience. Building on teams of experts from many different areas—including math, physics, engineering, systems-level and molecular neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, genomics and information technology—we are generating new knowledge and ideas in the field of neuroscience.

In 2012, we launched an ambitious plan to learn about how the brain works, from cataloging all the different kinds of individual cells in the brain, up through modeling how the entire brain processes and encodes information: an essential foundation for understanding and effectively treating diseases and disorders of the brain.


Catherine Dulac, Ph.D. Harvard University

Daniel H. Geschwind, M.D., Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles

David Anderson, Ph.D. California Institute of Technology

David C. Van Essen, Ph.D. Washington University School of Medicine

Edward M. Callaway, Ph.D. Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Giulio Tononi, M.D., Ph.D University of Wisconsin ‒ Madison

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D. The Rockefeller University (Board Chair)

Story Landis, Ph.D. Former Director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Thomas L. Daniel, Ph.D. University of Washington


Recent Publications

Allen Brain Atlases

Allen Brain Atlases

The Allen Mouse and Human Brain Atlases are projects within the Allen Institute for Brain Science which seek to combine genomics with neuroanatomy by creating gene expression maps for the mouse and human brain.

Seven brain atlases have been published: Mouse Brain Atlas, Human Brain Atlas, Developing Mouse Brain Atlas, Developing Human Brain Atlas, Mouse Connectivity Atlas, Non-Human Primate Atlas, and Mouse Spinal Cord Atlas. The atlases are free and available for public use online.

Facility & Technology

Our current headquarters are comprised of several buildings in Seattle. We are a high-throughput facility, home to custom-designed robotic systems, automated technologies, premier bench laboratory space and all the high-powered computing hardware and software necessary for processing petabytes of data.

Our new headquarters, a 245,000-square-foot life sciences building, will be developed by Vulcan Real Estate at the northwest corner of Mercer St. and Westlake Avenue North, in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle. This new facility will enable the Allen Institute to consolidate our operations in one building and will allow the expansion of our staff and scientific programs.

The building design will incorporate the historic elements of the Ford and Pacific McKay buildings, including the terra cotta facades that were located on the site previously and have since been disassembled and put into storage. At six stories, the building will also include about 9,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and two levels of subterranean parking.

We anticipate the new building will be complete in the fall of 2015.


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