• 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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Recent News

A Meeting of the Minds

2019-02-07 |

Feb. 6, 2019 – D Magazine
CVL Hosts Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference

Cognitive neuroscientists from around the world gather in Dallas to present findings on the aging brain.

Socioeconomic Status and the Adult Brain

2019-02-06 |

Feb. 5, 2019 – Dallas Jewish Monthly
Socioeconomic Status and the Adult Brain

CVL research highlights the complex relationship of socioeconomic status (SES) to brain function and anatomy in adults.

The Paths to Alzheimer’s

2019-01-22 |

Jan. 20, 2019 – KLIF 570 AM
The Basics of Memory and the Risk for Alzheimer’s

Center Director Dr. Michael Rugg revisits Scott Murray in-studio for another round of “Relationship Roundtable.”

Lifespan Brain Study Adds Possible Clue in Predicting Alzheimer’s

2019-01-22 |

Jan 22, 2019

New CVL research suggests that periodic evaluation of changing amyloid levels in certain brain structures may offer an important clue into who may be on a trajectory toward Alzheimer’s disease.

Deposits of a protein called amyloid in the brain are one of the earliest signs that an individual is at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s. The findings, published in the Nov. 6, 2018, issue of the journal Neurology, indicated that early changes in amyloid in posterior cortical regions of the brain were associated with subtle declines in episodic memory — one’s memory for events, times and places that are autobiographical in nature. Declines in this type of memory are known to be one of the first symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

The research was conducted as part of the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS), initiated and led by Dr. Denise Park, director of research for UT Dallas’ Center for Vital Longevity, Distinguished University Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, a UT Regents’ Research Scholar and senior author of the study. Lead author of the study was Dr. Michelle Farrell, who earned her doctorate at UT Dallas in 2017 before recently joining the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Decoding the Aging Brain

2018-12-14 |

Dec. 14, 2018 – APA Monitor on Psychology
New Paradigms in Predicting Cognitive Decline

CVL research takes the long view of aging, exploring cognitive structure and function across the life span.

Upcoming Events

2020 Science Symposium

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To register click here

Advances in Human Brain Stimulation and Cognitive Enhancement
Friday, January 31 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Stimulating the Hippocampal Memory Network
Joel Voss, PhD – Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Invited Speakers

Non-Invasive Targeting and Modification of Large-Scale Brain Networks in Individual Subjects
Gagan Wig, PhD – Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas

Stimulating Training: Evidence for Improved Working Memory after Training Paired with tDCS
Marian Berryhill, PhD – University of Nevada, Reno

Is the Parietal Lobe a Favorable Target for Deep Brain Stimulation to Modulate Human Episodic Memory?
Bradley Lega, MD – UT Southwestern Medical Center

*Seating is limited, please register early. For more information please contact


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This section is currently being updated. Please check back soon for upcoming presentations by CVL scientists.


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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.

Stay tuned for information on the 2021 conference.

The DACC Program Archive:

2019 program

2017 program

2015 program

2013 program

2011 program

2010 program


2020 Guest Speaker Chosen

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This event has been postponed

SAVE THE DATE: The next Jean & Bill Booziotis Lecture will be held on May 6, 2020 at the Communities Foundation of Texas.
The guest speaker is Dr. Laura L. Carstensen from Stanford University on:
“A New Map of Life”
For tickets, please visit:



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 2018 lecture 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.

The 2019 lecture featured Dr. Elizabeth Phelps, Pershing Square Professor of Human Neuroscience at Harvard University. Dr. Phelps described her research on the impact of emotion on our memories, for good or ill. From 9/11 to Christine Blasey Ford, she reviewed the science behind emotion’s impact on our memories.


Spring 2020 Science Luncheons

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The Center for Vital Longevity’s Science Luncheon Series* is a program of weekly talks that brings together UT Dallas researchers and outside experts to talk about recent developments in cognitive neuroscience and aging research. All lectures take place at 12:00 p.m. in the 8th Floor Conference Room at the Center for Vital Longevity, 1600 Viceroy Drive, Dallas, TX. Please RSVP to For those unable to join us at CVL, the talks are routinely telecast to JO 4.306 in Richardson.


    • February 10, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series

      Designing Real-World Interventions to Promote Activity and Neurocognitive Health

      Dr. Michelle Carlson
      Johns Hopkins Medical School


      • February 17, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series

        Novel Approaches to Detecting Elder Abuse and Neglect in the Community

        Dr. Brad Cannell
        University of Texas Health Sciences Center


    • February 24, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series

      Mechanisms of Disconnection in Alzheimer’s Disease: A NeuroInformatics Approach

      Dr. Ana Solodkin
      University of Texas at Dallas


  • March 2, 2020| Science Luncheon Series

    Neural Correlates of Cognitive Aging and Risk Factors of Cognitive Decline

    Dr. Jessica Damoiseaux
    Wayne State University


  • March 9, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series

    Effects of Aging on Reward-Motivated Memory

    Dr. Holly Bowen
    Southern Methodist University


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  • March 30, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series



  • April 6, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series



  • April 13, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series



    • April 20, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series



  • April 27, 2020 | Science Luncheon Series



* To access the archive of all CVL Science Luncheons since 2014, click here.