• The Center mourns the loss of a dear friend and tireless CVL supporter. click here

  • CVL councilmember and benefactor’s life remembered in the Dallas Morning here

  • Aging-themed issue of Nautilus Magazine explores cognitive benefits of learning a new game such as chess, cites here

  • ‘Fitizen’ group at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas learns about research at CVL. click here

  • CVL research published in JoN finds that some memories persist in the face of strong interference. click here

  • Dr. Sara Festini’s research probes busyness levels and cognitive here

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CVl Annual Review

CVl Annual Review

Charting Our Progress is CVL’s annual review, with archives available

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At a Glance

Founded: 2010

Leadership: Center Director Dr. Michael Rugg together with Dr. Denise Park, Director of Research, are accomplished cognitive neuroscientists and distinguished chairs in the UT Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Team: Six research laboratories headed by distinguished scientists that together employ more than 55 people, including postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, research assistants and administrative support staff.

Research: Center investigators are engaged in a wide variety of studies aimed at understanding the aging mind, including the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, which seeks to understand who ages successfully and why, as well as who may be at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease before symptoms appear. Other research explains how memories are formed and retrieved. Work is being done to understand how different genes and varying cardiovascular health factors may enhance or reduce risk of cognitive decline in late adulthood. New ways of mapping and understanding brain networks are also under way.

Collaborations: Center investigators maintain affiliations and research collaborations with local, national, and international universities, including UT Southwestern Medical Center, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and University College London.

Publications: Research articles by Center scientists regularly appear in the top peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Neuron, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience and the Journal of Neuroscience.

Community Involvement: The Center sponsors an annual community event, the Bill and Jean Booziotis Distinguished Lecture, which is widely attended. In addition, more than 2,000 Dallas-Fort Worth residents have participated in Center for Vital Longevity research studies, and these numbers keep growing.

Funding: Center scientists oversee grants from the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies, as well as grants from private foundations, with a continuing total award value of more than $38 million.

Facilities: 30,000 square feet of research space including offices, cognitive testing rooms, and laboratories.