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Center for Vital Longevity

Background:  The Center for Vital Longevity was established in 2010 at UT Dallas and is dedicated to unlocking the secrets of the aging mind. The Center plays an internationally recognized role in conducting research to understand how the aging brain works and changes over time; how to maximize cognitive health; and what interventions can prevent or repair decline in memory and other cognitive functions. It is led by Dr. Michael Rugg, Director and Dr. Denise Park, Director of Research, both fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Center consists of six labs headed by internationally renowned faculty who lead a powerhouse of neuroscientific research, and a staff of over 50 research and support professionals.




Research Success:  Over the last five years, the Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) has been one of the top research producing entities at UT Dallas. The success of CVL has allowed the University to attract additional research funding and support to bolster CVL initiatives, as well as University wide programs. Your support will provide vital funding for current needs and opportunities at the Center, not covered by highly-restricted federal research grants. This includes fostering the next generation of scientists - graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who embody the future of academic research, teaching, and discoveries.


A Unique Focus:  The Center for Vital Longevity at UT Dallas is unique, pursuing critical research that contributes to innovations that will allow people to enjoy cognitive vitality throughout the entirety of their lives. Researchers at the Center are working to address one of the greatest challenges facing our society:  ensuring the long-term cognitive health and vitality of our citizens. With your support, our dedicated team can advance the frontiers of aging-mind research and make discoveries that will lead to improved health and well-being for life.


Addressing a Crisis:  According to the World Health Organization (WHO,) the number of people living  with dementia worldwide is on track to triple by 2050 with an estimated cost to society of $2 trillion by 2030, making Alzheimer’s Disease one of the costliest public health crises. Research at the Center aims to identify, as early in life as possible, brain markers that predict who is most likely to age successfully and who is more likely to fall victim to age-related cognitive decline. This research will lead to critical advances in prevention and allow for more informed decision making, leading to significant economic impact. Your support is needed to accelerate these efforts. 


Prevention is Key:  There is currently no cure for dementia, and treatments designed to prevent or halt progressive deterioration may be the first step. Researchers at the Center for Vital Longevity are engaged in predicting who might be at risk of Alzheimer’s disease long before symptoms appear, and developing ways to decrease the prevalence of dementia. These scientists are helping us to change the way that we think about our brains, causing us to give second thought to the steps we can take earlier in our lives to preserve our cognitive vitality. It wasn’t until the late 1990s that the CDC received the first funding from Congress to develop comprehensive heart disease and stroke prevention programs that today save thousands of lives each year. With your support, CVL’s efforts to understand how to prevent cognitive decline may lead to similar efforts, saving lives from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through prevention.

Rank State Donors
1 TX 4
2 AA 0
2 AE 0
Student Match
Calling all UT Dallas students! The first 300 students to designate a $2 gift to the area of their choice will receive a dollar-for-dollar match.
President's Challenge
From 2 to 3 p.m., Dr. and Mrs. Benson will match every UT Dallas faculty and staff gift under $25, dollar for dollar up to $1,969.
$1,969 MATCHED
Faculty and Staff A.M. Power Hour Match
Attention all UT Dallas faculty and staff: COMETogether with us from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 2 for a Giving Day power hour. All contributions of $50 or less made to any designation at our University will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2,019, thanks to a generous donor.
$2,019 MATCHED
Bert Romberg Presentation
Make plans to attend a presentation featuring Bert Romberg at the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies, JO 4.800, at 10 a.m.!
Social Media and a Slice Challenge
Stop by the Hoblitzelle Hall (HH) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to take a seflie, tag @UTDallasCE and use #COMETogetherUTD on social media for a slice of pizza. Note: Pizza available while supplies last.
UTD Pep Band
The Pep Band rocked it! check out our tag board to see video footage of their performance!
First Gift Bonus
WOW! Huge shout out to Stephanie Taylor! She made the very first gift for Comets Giving Day and unlocked an additional $100 for Science, Mathematics and Education!
883 (UTD) Gift Bonus
Congratulations to Stephen Ziomek! He was the 883rd donor for Comets Giving Day! Stephen unlocked an additional $100 for Women's Soccer!
1,969 Gift Bonus
Congratulations to Sean and Jodi Crowley from Sag Harbor, NY - they were our 1,969th donor on Comets Giving Day! You guys just unlocked an additional $100 that will go to the UT Dallas Pep Band!
2,019 Gift Bonus
Congratulations to David C. for winning the 2,019th Gift Bonus - he unlocked an additional $100 that will go towards School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
#COMETogetherUTD Challenge
Congratulations to Tasia WIlson for winning this challenge! She unlocked an additional $100 for the Galerstein Gender Center!
Share Your Cause Challenge
Congratulations to Kim Distin for winning this challenge, she unlocked $100 for Science and Mathematics Education and UTeach Dallas!
Creative Cuteness Challenge
Congratulations to Monica Boyd Krause for winning the Creative Cuteness Challenge and unlocking $100 for Material Science and Education!
Be a Pizza the Giving Day Fun
Join us on Margaret McDermott Trellis Plaza by the Plinth for some Comets Giving Day fun! Slices will be given to anyone who takes a photo with the Comets Giving Day marketing materials and shares on social media using #COMETogetherUTD. Northside pizza will be served at noon on a first-come, first-served basis.
You're On a Roll
Stop by Margaret McDermott Trellis Plaza near the Plinth from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 2. Grab yourself a handful of Tootsie Rolls while listening to the UT Dallas Pep Band and celebrating the impact our Comet community has made for UT Dallas. Post, share and keep the momentum going using #COMETogetherUTD.
Centers Leaderboard
This one's for our amazing centers. Our centers are changing education and lives day by day. Check out this leaderboard to see what area is receiving the most number of gifts on Giving Day and will be taking home bonus funds!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $250 Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies 74
2 $150 Center for Children and Families 55
3 Callier Center for Communication Disorders 49
4 Center for BrainHealth 21
5 Asia Center 11
6 Center for U.S. - Latin America Initiatives at UTD 9
7 Center for Values 6
8 Center for Vital Longevity 6
9 Center for Translation Studies 4
Overall Participation Leaderboard
Who will rise to the top? Check back periodically to see...
Rank Department Gifts
1 Computer Science 368
2 Jindal School of Management 140
3 Student Ambassadors 115
4 Electrical and Computer Engineering 105
5 Athletics 96
6 Multicultural Center 85
7 Fund for UT Dallas 80
8 Natural Sciences and Mathematics 75
9 Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies 74
10 Center for Students in Recovery 73
11 Materials Science and Engineering 73
12 Comet Closet 64
13 Economic, Political and Policy Sciences 60
14 Comet Cupboard 57
15 Center for Children and Families 55
16 Undergraduate Success Scholars 50
17 Callier Center for Communication Disorders 49
18 Arts & Humanities 47
19 Science and Mathematics Education 46
20 Behavioral and Brain Sciences 44
21 Galerstein Gender Center 43
22 Urban STEM Camp 40
23 Arts, Technology, & Emerging Communication 38
24 Academic Bridge Program 34
25 Mechanical Engineering 33
26 Bioengineering 27
27 Systems Engineering 24
28 UT Dallas Pep Band 22
29 Jim Friedberg ProConnect Opportunity Fund 22
30 Center for BrainHealth 21
31 Delta Zeta 17
32 Area of Greatest Need 16
33 UTDesign EPICS 16
34 Military and Veteran Center 16
35 Jindal Young Scholars Program 14
36 Staff Council 14
37 Student Volunteerism 12
38 Asia Center 11
39 Douglas Aundre Peterson Fund for Homeless Students 11
40 Engineering and Computer Science Dean's Fund 10
41 Interdisciplinary Studies 9
42 Center for U.S. - Latin America Initiatives at UTD 9
43 Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship 8
44 Black Faculty and Staff Alliance 7
45 Center for Values 6
46 Young Professionals 6
47 Center for Vital Longevity 6
48 Dance Fund 5
49 Eugene McDermott Library 5
50 QuTD 5
51 McDermott Scholars 4
52 Center for Translation Studies 4
53 Hobson Wildenthal Honors College 4
54 Military and Veterans 3
55 University Emergency Medical Response 3
56 Jane Marie Grace Hicks Memorial Scholarship/Fellow 2
57 Latino Faculty and Staff Association 2
58 Kids University 2
59 Career Center 2
60 UT Dallas Women 2
61 Marjorie Duckworth Endowment 1
62 Professor Biswas Fellowship 1
63 Graduate Studies 1
64 180 Degrees Consulting Student Organization 1
65 Jonsson School Alumni Opportunity Fund 0
66 Reba Biswas Fellowship 0
67 Neil Gaynor Opportunity Fund 0
68 Pagett and Mike Gosslee Opportunity Fund 0
69 Aviation Collection 0
70 Division of Student Affairs 0
71 Exley Journal for Undergraduate Research 0
72 Other 0
73 Victor L. Worsfold Grant Program Fund 0
Faculty vs. Staff Challenge
When UT Dallas employees compete, UT Dallas students win!
What is your affiliation with UT Dallas?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Staff 458
2 Faculty 261
Door Decorating Contest
Congratulations to the Center for Children and Families for winning this year's Door Decorating contest and winning and additional $150! Second place goes to Comet Closet! they unlocked an additional $50!
Senior Giving Match
Seniors, it's time to leave your mark on UT Dallas! Thanks to a generous donor, all gifts made by seniors graduating in 2019 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $1,000!
$1,000 MATCHED
Nothing Bundt Cakes Fundraiser
All UTD supporters in the Richardson area, check out Nothing Bundt Cakes Richardson Feb. 18-22 to support the Comets Giving Day Door Decorating Contest! Twenty percent of all proceeds during this week will go to the contest winner! Just mention UT Dallas at checkout, and keep in mind you can order up to a year in advance. Whoosh!
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