• 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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CVL Mission

Scientific research at the Center for Vital Longevity is focused on understanding how and why cognitive abilities change with age, and how these changes in cognitive ability relate to changes in the brain’s structure and function. One important goal of our research is to identify, as early in life as possible, brain markers that predict who is most likely to maintain cognitive vitality as they grow older, and who is most at risk of falling victim to Alzheimer’s Disease or other causes of age-related impairment. Another goal is the development of behavioral and cognitive interventions to slow or even reverse age-related cognitive decline. Our over-arching goal is to contribute to scientific innovations that allow as many people as possible to enjoy cognitive vitality throughout the entirety of their lives.

Major Research Topics:

  1. Understanding how the brain forms and retrieves memories, how these processes change with age, and how interventions that affect these processes might improve memory.
  2. The CVL is home to one of the world’s largest and long-lasting investigations of neural structure, brain function, and cognition across the lifespan: the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study. Researchers are working to identify a neural signature in middle-aged adults that will predict who will and will not age well cognitively.
  3. The effects of cognitive training and physical exercise on cognitive abilities like memory.
  4. Application of advanced neuroimaging and analysis methods to identify the networks in the brain that underpin cognitive functions, and to study how these networks change with age and disease.