• 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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Sallie Asche Fund for Vital Aging

The Center for Vital Longevity has established an endowment thanks to community support of cherished friend and supporter Sarah P. Asche.

Sallie Asche was one of the very first supporters of the Center for Vital Longevity, and an esteemed member of the Center’s Advisory Council. She cared immensely about making the world a better place, supporting the sciences, and understanding how scientists, through research, could learn to cure cruel diseases. This endowment was established with gifts contributed in memory of Mrs. Sarah P. “Sallie” Asche for the benefit of the Center for Vital Longevity.

The endowment will honor Sallie’s commitment to the Center’s research by:

  • Providing travel support or poster awards for scientists from across the world to attend or present their posters at UT Dallas conferences that feature lectures or research on the science of the aging mind; or
  • Supporting lectures or research on the science of the aging mind.

Thanks to her family and friends, Sallie will forever be a part of the Center for Vital Longevity and the spectacular advances Center scientists are making in understanding how to slow the aging of the mind.

2017 Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference Travel Award Recipients


  • Anne Berry – Univ. of California, Berkeley
  • Rachel Buckley – Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Stephanie Leal – Univ. of California, Berkeley
  • Stephanie Sherman – Boston College


  • Tarek Amer – Univ. of Toronto
  • Karra Harrington – Univ. of Melbourne, Australia
  • Ryan Leach – Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
  • Matthew McCurdy – Univ. of Illinois at Chicago
  • Zachary Monge – Duke University
  • Kirsten Smayda – Univ. of Texas at Austin
  • Jordana Wynn – Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health Sciences, Univ. of Toronto

Quotes from our awardees regarding their conference experience:

” … I had a FABULOUS time, and I’m going to recommend this conference to all my colleagues!”

“I had a wonderful time at the conference and appreciated the opportunity to present my dissertation research.”

“This was my first time attending, but I really enjoyed the conference and found it very useful and motivating. I most enjoyed the intimate feel of getting to know many of the attendees that knew each other in some way or another, and that much of the work presented was relevant to my personal work as well (which is often not the case at some larger conferences).”

Support the Fund

You can support the Sallie Asche Fund for Vital Aging by contributing online or by mail:


Please make checks payable to “The Sallie Asche Fund for Vital Aging: UT Dallas.”

Mail to:
Center for Vital Longevity
ATTN: Director of Development
1600 Viceroy Drive, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75235

To further discuss opportunities for supporting the Center’s research, please contact Director of Development Megan Harrison at 972-883-3728.