• 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

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Every two years, the Center for Vital Longevity hosts a Science Symposium aimed at attracting cognitive neuroscientists from across the the region for a full day of presentations organized around a theme. The last symposium was held in January 2018.



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                                    • Feb. 25, 2019


                                      Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas

                                      Dr. Kristen Kennedy
                                      Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas

                                  March 23-26, 2019

                                  Contributions of semantic memory to the recollection of unique episodes

                                  Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco

                                  Dr. Michael Rugg
                                  Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas


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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


2019 Guest Speaker Chosen

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SAVE THE DATE: The next Jean & Bill Booziotis Lecture will be held on April 25, 2019 at the Communities Foundation of Texas.

The guest speaker is Dr. Elizabeth Phelps from Harvard University on:
“Memory, Emotion and the Brain: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

Join us as Dr. Phelps describes her research on the impact of emotion on our memories, for good and ill. From 9/11 to Christine Blasey Ford, she will review the science behind emotion’s impact on our memories.


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 most 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.


Spring 2019 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 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.


    • Feb. 4, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

      Neuromodulatory Signaling in Motor Cortical Plasticity

      Dr. Catherine Thorn
      School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Dallas


      • Feb. 11, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

        Blood Markers of Cognition in Health and Disease

        Dr. Mark Mapstone
        University of California, Irvine


    • Feb. 18, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

      Cognitive & Socio-emotional Development After Repeated Exposure to General Anesthesia in Infant Rhesus Monkeys

      Dr. Mark Baxter
      Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai


  • Feb. 25, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Social Cognition and Introspective Accuracy as Determinants of Functional Outcomes in Schizophrenia

    Dr. Amy Pinkham
    School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, UT Dallas


  • March 4, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Understanding Memory Disorders: At the Level of Cognitive Process or Representational Content

    Dr. Morgan Barense
    University of Toronto


  • March 11, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    An attempt at explaining the relationship between BOLD deactivations, attentional control, and learning & memory

    Dr. Steve Nelson
    Waco VA Medical Center


  • April 1, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Advancing Magnetic Seizure Therapy Through Translational Neurocognitive Science

    Dr. Shawn McClintock
    UT Southwestern Medical Center


  • April 8, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Neurocognitive Aging: Investigating Contributions of Clinically Silent Pathology and Cognitive Reserve

    Dr. Brian Gold
    University of Kentucky


  • April 15, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Metabolic Imaging of the Human Brain using 9.4T MRI: from Systems Architecture to Neuroscience

    Dr. Anke Henning
    UT Southwestern Medical Center


  • April 22, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Age-related memory differences: What can and cannot be controlled

    Dr. Chris Foster
    Center for Vital Longevity, UT Dallas


  • April 26, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    Mechanisms of Threat Control

    Dr. Elizabeth Phelps
    Harvard University


  • April 29, 2019 | Science Luncheon Series

    The Good, the Bad, and the Forgotten: Emotional Memory across the Adult Lifespan

    Dr. Elizabeth Kensinger
    Boston College


*The Spring 2019 schedule can be downloaded here. Click here for the previous semester’s (Fall 2018) schedule. To access the archive of all CVL Science Luncheons since 2014, click here.