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Brave New Claustrum

By: , Posted on: October 10, 2017

“Nothing short of everything is ever enough!” – Aldous Huxley


The Society for Claustrum Research announces its Fourth Annual Symposium, Brave New Claustrum, to be held on Saturday, November 11, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, at George Washington University, Science and Engineering Hall, Washington, DC, during the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting. This one-day program will feature a number of exciting talks from cutting-edge claustrum researchers throughout the world, who have made great strides at understanding the physiology of the inputs and outputs of claustro-cortical connections.


7:00-8:00 Welcome and Registration (breakfast and socialize)


8:00-8:30 Solange Brown, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University

“Functional organization of the neural circuits of the claustrum”


8:30-9:00 Adam Packer, Ph.D. University College London

“Integration of multisensory inputs by single neurons in the claustrum”


9:00-9:30 Takuma Kitanishi, Ph.D. Osaka City University

“Organization of the claustrum-to-entorhinal cortical connection in mice.”


9:30-9:45 Coffee Break


9:45-10:15 Rodrigo Suarez, Ph.D. University of Queensland

“Interhemispheric claustrum circuits predate the evolution of the corpus callosum”


10:15-10:45 Mohamad Koubeissi, M.D. George Washington University

“Electrical stimulation of the claustrum in the operant chamber: preliminary data”


10:45-11:00 Coffee Break


11:00-12:00 Panel Discussion on the Relationship between the Claustrum and Endopiriform Nucleus Kevin D Alloway, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University

Akiya Watakabe, Ph.D. National Institute for Basic Biology

Rena Orman, Ph.D. SUNY Downstate David Reser, Ph.D. Monash University


12:00-1:30 Lunch & Poster session


1:30-2:00 Concluding Remarks, Society Business & Adjourn


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Society for Neuroscience Minisymposium:

New Breatkthroughs in Understanding the Role of Function Interactions Between the Neocortex and the Claustrum


The claustrum is highly interconnected with almost all areas of the neocortex, yet the function of this corticolclaustral system has largely remained mysterious. Recent work has sparked new hypotheses regarding the corticoclaustral system based on analyses from the microcircuit to the behavioral level. This minisymposium will bring together a diverse array of researchers to discuss emerging views of the claustrum’s influence on cortical activity and its role in cognitive function.


Chair: Solange P. Borwn, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Co-Chair: Brian N. Mathur, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Date and Time: Sunday, November 12, 2017, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Ballroom C

CME: 2.5


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If you would like more information about the claustrum, you may be interested in the book The Claustrum, Structural, Functional, and Clinical Neuroscience, edited by John R. Smythies, Lawrence Edelstein, and Vilayanur Ramachandran. You may view the book at Elsevier Booth #301 during the Society for Neuroscience.

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