June 14, 2011

Cendrine Danae Robinson, a doctoral student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), was recently awarded a tuition waiver from the NIDA International Program to attend the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction in the Netherlands later this year.

The Summer Institute, a joint initiative of the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and the University of Amsterdam Graduate School of Social Sciences, is a 2-week, intensive multidisciplinary program offering graduate-level and continuing professional development training in addiction, while promoting opportunities for international networking.

For Ms. Robinson, the experience will allow her to explore more fully the concept of cognition as it relates to addiction and loss of control. In addition to gaining a deeper appreciation for the genetic basis for addiction and new approaches to management, Ms. Robinson says the program “will also provide a global perspective of addiction and may promote the development of international collaborations.” She plans to visit the laboratory of Ingmar Franken, Ph.D., Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands, a collaborator of her USU mentor Andrew J. Waters, Ph.D. Says Ms. Robinson, “Attending this program will give me a broader and more global perspective on addiction, and will provide invaluable training to further my career in addiction treatment and research.”