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Kenneth Blum
Founding President

Kenneth Blum, PhD, DHL

Dr. Kenneth Blum, B.Sc. (Pharmacy), M.Sc., PhD, DHL- received his PhD in Neuropharmacology from New York Medical College and is a graduate from Columbia University and New Jersey College of Medicine. He trained at the Institute of Behavioral Genetics, Colorado University at Boulder, Colorado. He also received a doctor of humane letters from St Martins University. He has published over 500 abstracts, peer– reviewed articles and books (16). He has been the recipient of many grants and awards including a Life-Time Achievement in Addiction Medicine (Holistic Institute on Addiction Studies); Marquis Who Who’s Life –Time Achievement Award, and Presidential Award for Scientific Excellence (National Council of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Councilors), Scientific Achievement Award (City of Life Miami) and Best Abstract (2012) Award ASRA (Pain); Path Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) and Honorary Full Professor (Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Psychology, Budapest, Hungary) and American Society of Addiction Medicine Millennium Laboratory Award among many others. He coined the term “Reward Deficiency Syndrome “in 1995 now in Microsoft Dictionary, Gates Scientific dictionary and featured in SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal Psychology (2017). Currently he serves as Editor-in-chief of Journal of Reward Deficiency Syndrome & Addiction Science (Editor-in-chief), Co-EIC Neuroimaging in Psychiatry & Neurology, and is on the editorial board of 18 other scientific journals.
Sudhakar Yakkanti
Associate Vice President

Sudhakar Yakkanti, PhD

Dr. Sudhakar A Yakkanti was appointed as Associate Vice President of “USG United Scientific Group, LLC” by USG-Editors Association on July 1st 2016. Earlier appointments include Associate Director/Senior Scientist at Center for Cancer & Metabolism, Bioscience Division, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) International, Menlo Park, California. He was also Director of Cell Signaling and Tumor Angiogenesis Laboratory at BTNRH and also Associate Professor at Dept. Biochemistry and Mol. Biol. University of Nebraska medical Center and Associate Professor at School of Pharmacy at Creighton University, Omaha, NE. He did his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical and associated with many national academy members including Prof. James D. Watson (who discovered DNA helical structure and received Nobel Prize in 1962), Prof. Richard Hines (MIT), Prof. Ronald C. Kahn who discovered PI-3 Kinase from Harvard Medical, Prof. Judah Folkman best known Scientist on tumor angiogenesis at Harvard Medical and Prof. Nahum Sonenberg who discovered translation initiation factor eIF4E from McGill University, Canada. Dr. Yakkanti received Indian President’s fellowships, Young Clinical Scientist Award, Michael A. O’Connor Young Investigator Awards from FAMRI and Mayo Clinic. He has more than 40 publications including Science, Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), Cancer Cell, Blood, and PNAS etc. His research focuses on Extra Cellular matrix interactions with cells & signaling and tumor metastasis, which is supported by federal and foundation grants. He served as grant reviewer for DT study section. He served as an Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board Member of peer reviewed scientific journals and also honored as keynote speaker and session chair for many international conferences.
Goutham Edula
Founding Director

Goutham Edula, MS

Dr. Goutham Edula completed his medical education from Osmania Medical college and has an MS degree in Biomedical Informatics from Singapore. He has worked as Senior Scientist and Senior Research physician in Eli Lilly in Singapore and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Sweden for 12 years. He is the founder director of several medical research and innovation based companies in US, EU, Singapore and India. He has extensive experience in incorporating healthcare related business and building them into successful global enterprises. He lectures to medical students in Europe, and has published 12 research publications and one book chapter.
Juan Torres
On-site Event Director

Juan Torres

Having a vast experience in handling scientific events, Mr. Juan Torres joined USG in 2015 as onsite event director. Known for his organizational skills and setting up an operations plan at the conference, Mr. Torres takes great care training and supervising the onsite conference staff, scheduling the pre-conference meeting with the conference and session chairs, handling the concerns with the delegates and the speakers regarding presentations guidelines, etc.
Frank Viagran III
Director – Technical and on-site Operations

Frank Viagran III

Since inception of USG Conferences, technical director Mr. Frank Viagran III is playing a vital role in handling activities, including meeting room setup, audio-visual setup, food and beverage service requirements and works closely with on-site management team, the facility staff and other vendors to help the conference run smoothly.