Impact

Data Stories

Data Stories

The Allen Institute for Brain Science released its first public data, from the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, in 2004. Since then, we’ve shared data and tools from mouse, human and non-human primate brains. The neuroscience community has used our data to gain insight into autism, language disorders, the biology of the visual system and more.

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Data Stories | A tiny brain structure with an outsized role in neurological disorders

February 8, 2019

Neuroscientist Emily Sylwestrak’s studies of the habenula could one day shed light on the biology of addiction. It all began with a chance observation she made sifting through data from the Allen Institute.

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Data Stories | Coding the visual world

October 11, 2018

See how Stanford electrical engineering student Amy Christensen used data from the Allen Brain Observatory to study how visual information is coded by the brain.

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Data Stories | Untuned but not irrelevant

June 19, 2018

See how University of Colorado School of Medicine researcher Joel Zylberberg used data from our Allen Brain Observatory to test his hypothesis about the visual system’s “untuned neurons.”

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Data Stories | Decoding the brain

March 20, 2018

See how high school student Kathleen Esfahany used data from the Allen Brain Observatory.

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Data Stories | Molecular roots of language disorders

November 9, 2017

See how computational scientist Emma Myers used the Allen Human Brain Atlas to explore the molecular roots of speech and language disorders.

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Data Stories | Visualizing the human brain

July 10, 2017

Computational biologist Ahmed Mahfouz, Ph.D., used data exclusively from the Allen Brain Atlas for his dissertation and to explore a signature of autism risk genes.

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Data Stories | Autism & the oxytocin system

March 8, 2017

Sara Freeman is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Davis who uses the Allen Human Brain Reference Atlas in her study of brain areas that express receptors for the hormone oxytocin.

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Data Stories | Exploring the teenage brain

November 10, 2016

Researchers at the University of Cambridge merged data from the Allen Human Brain Atlas with MRI brain scans and made an important discovery about the teenage brain.