Dragons, Sleep, and the Claustrum

After the talk, at 5.30pm, everyone is welcome to join for a virtual "pub chat" with Dr. Lorenz Fenk. Details on how to join the talk and the informal Q&A will be released via our mailing list (info on how to subscribe on https://cortexclub.com)

The mammalian claustrum, by virtue of its dense interconnectivity with cortex and other brain structures, has been hypothesized to mediate functions ranging from decision making to consciousness. I will be presenting experimental evidence for the existence of a claustrum in reptiles, its role in generating brain dynamics characteristic of sleep, and discuss our efforts in trying to reveal some of the fundamental functions claustral circuits evolved to carry out.