• 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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Aging Mind Laboratory – PARK LAB

Led by Denise Park, the lab studies the same participants over many years as part its Dallas Lifespan Brain Study (DLBS), a large-scale longitudinal research project designed to characterize neural and cognitive aging across the entire adult lifespan from age 20 to 90. The DLBS focuses on predicting the cognitive future of healthy adults by imaging amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s Disease that many healthy people carry. Supported by an NIH MERIT award, as well as funding from Avid Radiopharmaceuticals, the lab images amyloid deposits using florbetapir in healthy adults. Findings were featured at the 2014 International Alzheimer’s Association Conference held in Copenhagen A second major study, The Synapse Project, has found that engaging in mentally demanding leisure activities like quilting, photography, or learning iPad apps, supports memory function in older adults. Both the DLBS and The Synapse Project are funded by the National Institute on Aging and involve collaboration with other CVL faculty. Park participates extensively in NIH review panels and has chaired for nine years the International Scientific Review Committee (Beirat) for the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany. Another area of recent inquiry for the lab is a research program that examines cultural differences in cognitive and neural aging, specifically, how immersing in a cultural context could influence both structural and functional circuits of the brain.