CVL announces 2020 Science Symposium

The Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) will host its fifth biennial Science Symposium from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, a half-day event for the academic community featuring nationally-renowned researchers discussing “Advances in Human Brain Simulation and Cognitive Enhancement.” The event welcomes scientists and researchers in the field of neuroscience and will take place at the Center’s headquarters, 1600 Viceroy Dr., Dallas. Seating is limited and lunch will be served. For more information and a link to registration, email

Joel Voss, PhD

This year’s keynote speaker is Joel Voss, PhD, director of the Laboratory for Human Neuroscience and associate professor for the Northwestern University Feinburg School of Medicine. His research uses cognitive and clinical neuroscience approaches to study the organization of memory in the human brain and the nature of memory disruptions in neurologic and neuropsychiatric conditions. Dr. Voss’ presentation for the symposium will address his research on “Stimulating the Hippocampal Memory Network.” Dr. Voss was a 2016 recipient of the Young Investigator Award from the Cognitive Neuroscience Society and is a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. 

Gagan Wig, PhD, director of the Wig Neuroimaging Lab at the CVL and associate professor for the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, will also present findings at the symposium. Dr. Wig’s research uses functional imaging to understand the organization of human brain networks and specifically focuses on understanding healthy and pathological aging. His presentation for the symposium will address “Non-Invasive Targeting and Modification of Large-Scale Brain Networks in Individual Subjects.”

Additional presenters include Marian Berryhill, PhD, associate professor and principal investigator of the Memory and Brain Lab at the University of Nevada at Reno, and Bradley Lega, MD, assistant professor of Neurological Surgery, Neurology and Neurotherapeutics, and Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Berryhill will present “Evidence for Improved Working Memory after Training Paired with Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation,” and Dr. Lega will address, “Is the Parietal Lobe a Favorable Target for Deep Brain Stimulation to Modulate Human Episodic Memory?”

The Center for Vital Longevity’s mission is to contribute to scientific innovations that allow as many people as possible to enjoy cognitive vitality throughout the entirety of their lives. The CVL hosts the Science Symposium biennially to provide an opportunity for leading researchers in the field of neuroscience and cognitive aging to share and discuss their latest discoveries with the Dallas-area academic community.