Kenneth Blum, PhD
Kenneth Blum, PhD made global headlines with his co-discovery of the “Reward Gene,” (Addiction Gene) published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1990. Subsequent discoveries lead Dr Blum to coin the phrases “Brain Reward Cascade” and “Reward Deficiency Syndrome.” Dr Blum is considered by many as the father of “Psychiatric Genetics” and Neuroadaptagen Amino-Acid Therapy (NAAT). Working in the fields of neuropsychiatry and genetics, nutritional genetics and pharmacogenetics, Kenneth Blum’s research has been recognized through numerous awards. As a former full professor at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Texas, he was also Chief of the Division of Addictive Diseases, Chief of the Division of Substance and Alcohol Misuse, and Director of the Laboratory of Pharmacogenetics at the University of Texas Health Science Center (San Antonio, Texas). He holds numerous patents worldwide, has published 13 books and written or contributed to over 500 papers published in scientific or medical journals. Dr. Blum is currently an adjunct full professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Florida College of Medicine and Mcknight Brain Institute (Gainesville, Florida).