Brainmap: What we know and don’t know about laminar connectivity

Event Details

Kathleen Rockland PhD
Research Professor
Boston University School of Medicine


Having in mind the rapid advances in laminar resolution of MRI, this talk/tutorial will review some of the broad observations of cortical laminar connectivity (“what is known”). In this necessarily brief review, I will cover some basic issues of intrinsic and extrinsic connectivity, based mainly on tracer injections in macaque monkey. Emphasis will be on “what is not known.”

About the speaker:

Dr. Rockland received her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine (1979), working on feedforward and feedback cortical connections with Dr. Deepak Pandya. She completed postdoctoral studies on patchy horizontal intrinsic collaterals with Jennifer Lund at the Medical University of South Carolina, and began an independent laboratory in 1983 at the E.K. Shriver Center (Waltham, MA), continuing to work on cortical connectivity in non-human primates. In 1988 she joined the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at BUSM as an assistant professor, before moving in 1991 to the Department of Neurology at the University of Iowa. A collaboration with Keiji Tanaka (Brain Science Institute at RIKEN, Wako, Japan) led to an invitation to join BSI as lab head, where she established the Lab for Cortical Organization and Systematics (2000). After taking sabbatical leave from BSI at Tonegawa Lab (MIT), she returned to the Dept. of Anatomy and Neurobiology in 2012, where she has started a new lab, partly focused on microstructure of human postmortem cortex and (monkey and mouse) white matter neurons.