Don’t miss the next DACC!



The Center for Vital Longevity at UT Dallas is pleased to announce the 6th Biennial Dallas Aging & Cognition Conference (DACC). The conference is focused on the cognitive neuroscience of aging and is organized by the Center for Vital Longevity with co-sponsorship by the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.  Since the inaugural conference in 2010, researchers have been gathering every two years in Dallas to focus on new perspectives in the cognitive neuroscience of aging, while sharing their latest discoveries through invited and submitted platform talks and poster presentations.

DATES: Begins Saturday, January 26, at 6:30 p.m. Ends Monday, January 28, at 2 p.m.


HOTEL: The Conference will be held at the Marriott City Center on 650 N. Pearl St., in Dallas, Texas. To book a room discounted at our special group rate, please click here.

AIR TRAVEL: The conference site is conveniently located between the two major airports serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Area: DFW International and Dallas Love Field (DAL). DAL is serviced primarily by Southwest Airlines and is only a few miles from the conference site.  DFW has many flights that are available from nearly all domestic cities and is about a 35 minute-drive from downtown Dallas.

FROM THE AIRPORT: Both airports have UBER and Lyft locations readily available as well as cabs and other transport. Transportation on Dallas Area Rapid Transport light rail from the airport to the Pearl Arts District Station (adjacent to the hotel venue) is about one hour one-way every 20 minutes. To view the route, please click here. DART rail operates between 5 a.m. and midnight daily. More information is available on the DART website.

DAILY PARKING: Parking at Marriott City Center is available for $18 + tax for day parking and $30 + tax overnight. Numerous satellite parking options exist around the hotel if you wish to seek lower daily rates.


SUBMISSION INFORMATION & DEADLINES: The abstract deadline has passed. Accepted abstracts will soon be available for review here.


TRAVEL AWARDS: The Center for Vital Longevity has awarded a limited number of Sallie P. Asche Travel Awards to support travel of graduate students and post-docs to the 2019 Dallas Aging & Cognition Conference. The deadline to apply has passed.


Successful Memory and Aging – What is the Evidence?



The conference has four themes or “tracks,” each led by an invited speaker:

     Carol Barnes, University of Arizona
Animal & Human Models of Neurocognitive Aging

    Thad Polk, University of Michigan
Dedifferentiation of Brain Structure and Function with Age

     Brad Dickerson, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University
The Healthy Brain in Transition to Disease

     Mara Mather, University of Southern California
Angela Gutchess, Brandeis University
The Social and Emotional Underpinnings of Neurocognitive Aging

Each invited speaker above will present an overview of the theme, followed by topics chosen from submitted abstracts that relate to one of the four themes.

Talks. The length of each talk is 15 minutes, with five minutes for questions. Talks are chosen based on submitted abstracts that are competitively reviewed by the following conference organizers: Drs. Chandramallika Basak, Kristen Kennedy, Denise Park, Karen Rodrigue, Michael Rugg and Gagan Wig.

Poster presenters. You will be given a card to affix to each poster at the beginning of the session. The card will allow you to select a time interval when you will not be present so that you can eat lunch or conduct other business, and attendees will know when you are unavailable. The time and length of the interval is up to you. (Poster boards are generally 48” x 36”, with the recommended width being 48” or less. There is, however, no height restriction.)

WI-FI ACCESS. Free wi-fi access will be available in the conference room using the hotel’s wireless network and the password: DACC2019.



SATURDAY NIGHT BARBECUE. To kick-off the conference, the Center for Vital Longevity is hosting a Texas-themed BBQ dinner and drinks on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Western attire is encouraged but not required. The BBQ is at capacity at the moment, and no further RSVPs are being accepted. We appreciate your understanding.

     Sunday. Full breakfast and lunch at the conference.
     Note about Lunch. Seating for lunch is adjacent to the posters area. You will be given a ticket at registration with
one of two times. Following your time will result in less congestion at both the posters and at lunch.
     Sunday Night Dinner. Sign-ups are available for Sunday dinner groups, with a restaurant description & price range.
     Monday. Full breakfast and heavy hors d’oeuvres late morning. Lunch will not be provided.