SEATTLE, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Allen Institute for Brain Science announces the newest cohort of Next Generation Leaders: a group of six esteemed young scientists who will provide feedback in both formal and informal settings to researchers at the Allen Institute. The program recognizes distinguished and innovative contributions from early-career scientific leaders, nurtures professional growth and provides informal training on serving as a scientific advisor. "The Next Generation Leaders program at the Allen Institute has been a valuable addition to our advisory councils, and we hope that the scientists in the program gain as much from their involvement and input as we do," says Christof Koch, Ph.D., President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. "We are looking forward to what this new group of young, talented scientists will bring to the table, and to providing guidance for their own career development in return." "This class of Next Generation Leaders has a very strong background in computational neuroscience and modeling," says Erica Sessle, Chief of Staff at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. "We eagerly anticipate hearing their valuable insights and feedback on the work happening here at the Institute." Each year through a competitive application process, the Allen Institute selects six new Next Generation Leaders to the council from institutions around the globe. Now in its third year, the council has reached its full 18 members. The inaugural cohort of Next Generation Leaders, selected in 2014, will retire from the council in the fall of 2017.