Michael Hawrylycz

Allen Institute for Brain Science


Community resources for single cell and cell type data in the brain

The goal of the NIH’s BRAIN Initiative Cell Census Network (BICCN) project is to build comprehensive three-dimensional common reference brain cell atlases that integrate molecular, anatomical, and functional data describing cell types in mouse, human, and non-human primate brains.A network of integrated centers including data generation laboratories, data archives, and a Brain Cell Data Center (BCDC), housed at the Allen Institute, are working collaboratively to map and share these data with the community. The BICCN project seeks broad and rapid data dissemination and use by the entire scientific community to accelerate cell type exploration. This necessitates large scale and flexible approaches to workflows that can employ and benefit from contemporary neuroinformatics. In this talk I will present goals and status of the BICCN project and discuss its relationship with other cell type resources such as the Allen Cell Type Database.