Problematic use of the internet (PUI) and its impact on the health and wellbeing of European citizens represents an emerging challenge for mental health research. A Cost Action “European Network for Problematic Usage of the Internet” was established on 2017 October 23 to bring together a multidisciplinary and geographically diverse group of experts and opinion leaders under one European-led Network, to leverage the existing funded research into a more coherent programme to advance the understanding of PUI from a bio-psycho-social perspective, clarify the brain-based undergirding’s and develop effective interventions.
Dr. Adomas Bunevičius was an ambassador of Lithuania in the first management committee meeting of this particular COST Action. European collaboration in PIN research will allow Lithuanian neuroscientists to train in specialized areas such as cutting edge neurocognitive testing with regards to investigating cognitive markers of PUI, which was never a practice in Lithuania. Also it will provide opportunities to work on critical national problems, such as growing scale of PUI associated with various mental health problems such as mood instability and suicidal ideation. International research collaboration with European experts in the field presents Lithuanian researchers with opportunities to share experiences, data and methods that can provide the basis for new and important perspectives on existing mental health research practices.