The NIDA center for GWAS in outbred rats was funded in 2014 to study the genetics of drug-abuse related behavioral traits in rats. This grant is a collaboration between University of Chicago (Abraham Palmer), University of Michigan (Terry Robinson and Shelly Flagel), SUNY Buffalo (Jerry Richards, Paul Meyer and Joe Lucke), Medical College of Wisconsin (Leah Solberg Woods), and our lab. Tengfei and Hao attended the first retreat of the center on Sept 17, 2014 held in the Quadrango Club, University of Chicago. Hao Presented previous work on socially-acquired nicotine self-administration and the plan for the studies that will be carried out in the next five years. The retreat agenda is available here.