The NIDA International Program provided a full-tuition scholarship to a researcher from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) to participate in the 2018 Dutch Summer Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction. Taylor Mackenzie, a doctoral student at UTD, has clinical experience in counseling individuals involved in the criminal justice system and basic science research experience in using imaging to identify the underlying neural mechanisms of addiction. She is a member of the research team on a NIDA-funded grant with colleagues in The Netherlands.
The multidisciplinary summer training program in addiction research was held July 1–13, 2018, at the University of Amsterdam. Participants included graduate and postdoctoral students, physicians, outreach workers, and program administrators. They joined addiction professionals to learn about the intersection of policy models, prevention, evidence-based treatment, and ways to bridge the gap between research and practice. Kristen G. Anderson, Ph.D., Reed College, is academic director of the Dutch Summer Institute.