The Center for Vital Longevity (CVL) was founded in 2010 at The University of Texas at Dallas by the distinguished cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Denise Park, who is now the director of research. Dr. Michael Rugg, a renowned researcher in memory and aging, joined CVL in 2011 and serves as center director.
Since its inception, CVL has grown rapidly to become an internationally recognized research center focused on the study of the aging mind and brain. Center scientists combine brain imaging technology and cognitive science to discover new ways to maintain a healthy mind for life. They are identifying the benchmarks of a healthy brain and successful cognitive aging, and identifying the characteristics of the earliest stages of Alzheimer's disease.
Your support of the Center is essential to our continuing success. Your gift is extremely important because it offers immediate resources that are directed to current needs and opportunities at the Center.
Director’s Fund – Supports and enhances research in each of the Center’s six research laboratories.
Fellowship Fund – Provides research and travel support for CVL's graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to communicate their research findings and to learn new skills and methods. In addition to publishing their research findings in scientific literature, center scientists present the findings in talks and at national and international conferences, collaborating and networking with peers and gaining advice from experts.
Sallie Asche Endowment Fund – Provides travel support for trainee scientists from around the world to present at the Dallas Aging and Cognition Conference – the Center’s renowned international conference. Since the conference series started, applications to the Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral Program at UT Dallas have more than doubled.