• 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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                        • Nov. 10, 2018

                          Memory, Aging and the Brain: What Do We Know, and What Do We Need to Know?

                          University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

                          Dr. Michael Rugg
                          Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas


                            • Nov. 16, 2018

                              Are the Advantages of Chess Expertise on Visuo-spatial Working Memory Capacity Domain Specific or Domain General?

                              56th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, New Orleans

                              Dr. Chandramallika Basak
                              Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas


                                • Dec. 7, 2018

                                  Aging Brain & Plasticity

                                  Texas A&M University – Commerce

                                  Dr. Chandramallika Basak
                                  Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas


Every two years, the Center for Vital Longevity hosts the Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference (DACC). This biennial conference brings together scientists from across the world to share their latest findings and insights in the cognitive neuroscience of aging.

The next DACC will be held on Jan. 26 – 28, 2019, at the Dallas Marriott City Center, 650 N. Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201. Complete information about the 2019 conference is available via the Dallas Aging & Cognition website here.

The DACC Program Archive:

2017 program

2015 program

2013 program

2011 program

2010 program


Dr. Adam Gazzaley Speaks at the Communities Foundation of Texas


“Technology Meets Neuroscience – A Vision of the Future of Brain Optimization”
Lecture was held Tuesday, April 24, 2018. Stay tuned for the 2019 series.

The fifth Jean & Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture featured Dr. Adam Gazzaley. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor in Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology creation and scientific research of novel brain assessment and optimization approaches. Dr. Gazzaley is also co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and co-founder and Chief Scientist of JAZZ Venture Partners, a venture capital firm investing in experiential technology to improve human performance. Additionally, he is a scientific advisor for over a dozen technology companies including Deloitte, Magic Leap and The VOID. He wrote and hosted the nationally-televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored the 2016 MIT Press book “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World,” winner of the 2017 PROSE Award.


About the Lecture Series

The Jean & Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture occurs annually in April and is open to the public.

The aim of the lecture series is to highlight distinguished visitors in the area of cognitive neuroscience to Dallas, and to facilitate the spread of their knowledge and research through our community.

Another key aspect of the lectures is that they form part of CVL’s public education mission, particularly among young adults students interested in science.

The first Jean and Bill Booziotis Distinguished Lecture in 2014 featured Dr. John Jonides, a memory researcher at the University of Michigan who discussed evidence-based ways one can train the mind to improve cognitive function.

The second lecture in 2015 featured Dr. Claudia Kawas, a geriatric neurologist and researcher in the areas of aging and dementia, from the University of California, Irvine. In her lecture, she decribed the cognitive and health traits of the “Oldest Old” — people more than 90 years of age who are one of the fastest growing age groups in the United States.

The third lecture featured MIT’s Dr. John Gabrieli, who highlighted what principles of brain organization are consistent across individuals, and how brains vary across people due to age, personality, and other dimensions of individuality.

Dr. Marilyn Albert of Johns Hopkins was the fourth lecture speaker in 2017. Dr. Albert highlighted the challenges of accurately diagnosing Alzheimer’s, and distinguishing it from other age-related brain diseases and conditions that can affect memory and behavior.

The most recent lecture in 2018 featured Dr. Adam Gazzaley, professor of neurology, physiology and psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Gazzaley is also the founder of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center at UCSF that is developing novel brain assessment and optimization approaches.