Kenneth Blum, PhD

Title: Chairperson
Company: Kenneth Blum Behavioral and Neurogenetic Institute
Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Kenneth Blum, PhD, Chairperson at the Kenneth Blum Behavioral and Neurogenetic Institute, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of pharmacological research.

Drawing on more than five decades of expertise in the field of neuroscience and pharmacology, Dr. Blum is recognized for his exemplary performance as a pharmaceutical executive, retired educator, neuroscientist and psychiatric geneticist. Hailing from a diverse range of leadership positions within the industry, including with Geneus Health LLC, IGENE, LifeGen Inc., NutriGemonics Inc., Dominion Diagnostics and Nutrition International LLC, among many others. Embarking upon his vocational journey as a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Blum later served as a professor at such luminary higher learning institutions as the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of North Texas, the Wake Forest School of Medicine, the College of Medicine at the University of Florida, the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, to name only a few.

Well regarded for his scholarly output, Dr. Blum has contributed well over 450 articles to various professional journals and is the author of more than 15 books, including “Staying Clean and Sober,” alongside Merlene and David Miller. He is the current scientific editor of the Journal of Current Psychopharmacology, and has held similar appointments with the Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome and Addiction Science, the Journal of Neuroimaging in Psychiatry and Neurology and the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. Dr. Blum is best noted for his coining of the term “reward deficiency syndrome,” which describes an inborn chemical imbalance that fundamentally changes the brain’s ability to process rewarding stimulus, thus inducing potential behavioral disorders. He has also secured patents for a variety of advances in the field of genetics.

Before venturing onto his professional journey, Dr. Blum first sought an education at Columbia University, from which he received a Bachelor of Science in 1961. Following this accomplishment, he earned a Master of Science from the New Jersey Medical School at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1964. Dr. Blum concluded his edificatory efforts at New York Medical College, where he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in 1968. Eminently qualified in his field, he was licensed as a pharmacist in the states of New York and Texas.

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