International Training School and Conference on Problematic Usage of the Internet (PUI)

Training school dates: 14 – 16th January 2019

Venue: Clare College, Cambridge, UK

Chairs: Naomi A. Fineberg (

Local Organizing Committee: Sam Chamberlain (

Administrator: Natalie Hall (

The Interactive Sessions will be available to view live online


Monday 14th January 2019 Day 1:

9.00am-9.15am: Opening and meeting, welcome and update on COST Action
Speaker: Professor Naomi Fineberg and Professor J Zohar

9.15am-9.30am: Practicalities: Format of the conference and information about Cambridge
Speaker: Dr Sam Chamberlain

9.30am-11.30am: Interactive Training session 1:

Discussant: Professor M Brand

9.30am-10.00am:Introduction to PUI

Speaker: Professor Naomi Fineberg and Professor J Zohar

10.00am-10.30am: Classification of PUI; controversies and consensus

Speaker: Professor Dan Stein

10.30am-11.00am: Assessment of gaming disorder and PUI – what are the best scales?

Speaker: Professor Zsolt Demetrovics and Dr Orsolya Király

11.00am-11.30am: PUI and substances: a controversial correlation

Speaker: Dr Giovanni Martinotti

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm-1.00pm: Special Guest Plenary: Risk and Resilience in adolescent mental health

Speaker: Dr Anne-Laura van Harmelen, University of Cambridge


Tuesday 15th January 2019 Day 2

9.30am-11.30am: Interactive Training session 2: 

Discussant: Professor Naomi Fineberg

9.30am-10.00am: Genetics of behavioural addiction, of relevance to PUI

Speaker: Professor Edna Grünblatt

10.00am-10.30am: Psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of PUI: an update

Speaker: Professor Matthias Brand

10.30am-11.00am: Cognitive mechanisms and PUI

Speaker:Dr Konstantios Ioannidis

11.00am-11.30am: PUI in childhood populations

Speaker: Professor Stefano Pallanti (via videolink)

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm-1.00pm: Special Guest Plenary: Innovative Statistical Approaches for Characterising Mental Disorders: Machine LEarning

Speaker:Dr Mattias Treder, Cardiff University


Wednesday 16th January 2019 Day 3

9.30am-11.30am: Interactive Training session 3:

Discussant: Dr Sam Chamberlain

9.30am-10.00am: PUI and ASD

Speaker: Professor Eric Hollander

10.00am-10.30am: Treatments for gambling disorder and related conditions: possible implications for PUI

Speaker: Professor Jon Grant

10.30am-11.00am: Treatments for obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders

Speaker:Professor Michael van Ameringen

11.00am-11.30am: Compulsive problems and disorders in children and adolescents

Speaker: Professor Dan Geller

11.30am-12.00pm: Coffee break

12.00pm-1.00pm: Special Guest Plenary: Inflammation and Depression

Speaker: Dr Golam Khandaker, University of Cambridge

Hooked on WiFi

Conference date: 10th. October 2018

Venue: Auditorium Bellvitge University Hospital. L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

Chairs: Naomi A. Fineberg. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Trust and University of Hertfordshire, Welwyn Garden City, UK.

Joseph Zohar. Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Israel.


17:00 -17.15 Opening Ceremony

17.15- 18.00 Hooked on WiFi – my lived experience.
Speaker: Person with lived experience, with Susana Jiménez-Murcia as interviewer.
Discussant: Jose M Menchón

18:00-19:00: Can you be Addicted to the Internet? Neurobiological Models and Mechanisms
Speaker: Marc N. Potenza
Discussant: Matthias Brand

19:00-20:00: Treating Problematic Usage of the Internet- what might work?
Speaker: Jon Grant
Discussant: Eric Hollander

Masterclass: New Insights on Addiction Trends in Society

This Masterclass was streamed online on 29thMarch at the University of Hertfordshire as part of an activity of the Internet & Me COST funded project.

By looking at the recording of this event, you will learn more about the neurobiological mechanisms of behavioural addictions as well as the latest trends in Internet, Eating Disorders, Gambling and Exercise addictions.

Masterclass Programme

Introduction to the concept of behavioural addiction. 

Prof Naomi Fineberg, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Gambling Disorder in the UK: an overview of the illness and its treatment.

Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, Imperial College London, UK

The Dark side of Appearance: the prevalence of Exercise Addiction in fitness clubs.

Dr Ornella Corazza, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Physiological and clinical aspects of Eating Disorders.

Dr Konstantinos Ioannidis, Cambridge University, UK

Internet Addiction and Hikikomori: a new psychopathological scenario.

Dr Giovanni Martinotti,“G. D’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

COST Action CA16207 European Network for Problematic Internet Usage

Save the date: 22nd April 09:00 – 18:00

Meeting of Members

Venue: NH Koln Mediapark, Cologne, Germany

Joint Working Group meetings

Management Committee Meeting

Setting the work-plan agenda

Please join us, meet other members of the Action and share ideas.

50 places availale for Action Members

Allocated on a first come first served basis

Detailed programme coming soon

To register interest, please Email Natalie Hall:

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