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Newsletter April 2020
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A note from the Allen Institute

Like many research institutes around the country, the Allen Institute wound down most of its laboratory operations last month and shifted primarily to remote work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is uncharted territory for all of us, but we remain very much open for science. Our researchers are working hard from home, analyzing data, synthesizing their insights into new manuscripts, and leading and participating in virtual workshops and conferences to continue sharing their work with colleagues. Of course, our data and resources remain open for anyone to access remotely at brain-map.org.

 

Stories


 

A new phase of neuroscience research

A new phase of neuroscience research

Earlier this month, we announced that the Allen Institute for Brain Science’s Cell Types and MindScope research programs will enter new stages of resource generation and discovery, and that another neuroscience division will launch in 2022.

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Data Stories | Understanding STING

Data Stories | Understanding STING

See how researcher Kathryn McGuckin Wuertz is trying to understand the relationship between infectious diseases and neurological diseases.

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von Economo neuron

New clues about a huge, rare human brain cell

Study finds human von Economo neurons’ closest cellular cousins and captures first electrical recordings from these large spindle-shaped brain cells.

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From brains to big data: How neuroscientists scale up research

From brains to big data: How neuroscientists scale up research

A neuron’s months-long journey through the many sterile-gloved hands that make up a science pipeline.

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Favorite neuron

What’s your favorite neuron? We asked 5 neuroscientists.

The fast-spiking interneuron? The cholinergic? Once you’ve read this, you might have one too.

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Online resources for teachers

Online resources for teachers

Did you know we have online education resources that can be used for distance learning? Our lesson plans can guide teachers through virtual experiments that hone students’ data analysis and interpretation skills. Explore our education outreach page, including a new feature highlighting how educators are using our open resources in their classrooms.

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In the News


 

Allen Institute reorganizes brain science division, with added focus on neural computation

GeekWire, April 6, 2020

Scientists classify neurons by measuring their jiggle during a heartbeat

UPI, March 11, 2020

How to donate a piece of your brain to science—while you’re still alive

Science, February 15, 2020

Epilepsy treatment side effect: New insights about the brain

Associated Press, February 11, 2020

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