AMECA is now a vibrant network dedicated to addiction research and training and the development of addiction scientist-practitioners. Our most recent conference was held in December 2016 (Monastir, Tunisia; www.ameca2016.org) which received funding from nine local and international institutions and saw its highest abstract submission to date (203 abstracts). Attendees came from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the USA. Bridging research and training was evident in the fact that over 35 fellows were financially supported for conference attendance. Several keynote presentations and paper and posters sessions were organized. One well received function was a debate on whether addiction should be considered a disease or a crime. A televised keynote presentation was delivered by Dr. Nora Volkow, the NIDA Director, focusing on neurobiology of addiction. The congress also included roundtable discussions focusing on women and addiction, treatment of addiction, and capacity building and training.