Veni award for Arnt Schellekens

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Arnt Schellekens, dept. of Psychiatry, has received a Veni grant of 250,000 euro from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). He received this prestigious grant for his remarkable and original talent and his ability to carry out innovative research.

One third of children with ADHD develop substance use disorders. Treatment of ADHD in these children is less successful and their substance use disorder often persists. Arnt Schellekens will investigate brain function and genetic factors that contribute to this devastating combination of disorders. This will contribute to prevention of substance use disorders in these children and improve its treatment.

Arnt obtained his PhD in October of 2011 (link) on the topic "Gene-environment interaction and intermediate phenotypes in alcohol dependence".

The Veni grant from the NWO's Innovational Research Incentives Scheme is one of the most prestigious grants for young researchers, and to be awarded is considered an important step in an academic career. Although the Veni researcher is at the beginning of his career, he has demonstrated to not only possess a remarkable talent in conducting academic research, but is also at the top of his scientific field internationally.

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