December 22, 2011

Ms. Cendrine Danae Robinson attended the Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction in The Netherlands earlier this year and found that the experience exceeded her expectations.

Ms. Robinson, a doctoral student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, attended the Summer Institute through a tuition waiver from the NIDA International Program. The Institute “immensely enriched my graduate training,” she wrote in a final report of her experience.

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

Ms. Robinson was part of a group of students from a range of countries who heard from counselors, psychiatrists, pharmacologists, and researchers. The students gained a greater understanding of current drug abuse prevention and treatment research and, given the diverse make-up of the participants, had the opportunity to hear a range of perspectives and about the influence of culture on drug policy.

Ms. Robinson walked away from the Institute “with a global understanding of drug use and policy,” she said of the 2-week training. She plans to cultivate the relationships she began at the Institute as she continues with her research.