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CAAT Director Thomas Hartung honored with EuroTox Merit Award

Honor recognizes outstanding achievements in toxicology


EUROTOX has recognized Professor Thomas Hartung, MD, MD, PhD, with its 2021 Merit Award. The EUROTOX Merit Award is presented annually at the EUROTOX Congress to a European toxicologist with a long and outstanding career in the discipline.

Dr. Hartung is a professor and endowed Doerenkamp-Zbinden chair for evidence-based toxicology in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University. He has joint appointments in Georgetown University and the University of Konstanz in Germany. He directs the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) in the United States and Europe and serves as chief editor of Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. He has authored more than 600 scientific publications.

“I was humbled by the fact that this award recognized a European career, even though I’ve been working almost 13 years now in the United States,” Hartung says. “It shows that with the creation of our European joint venture, CAAT-Europe, our work is relevant on the other side of the Atlantic.”

EUROTOX is a federation of European toxicologists and societies of toxicology. It has about 6,000 members across Europe and more than 200 members around the world. Merit Award recipients are selected through a member nomination process.

"Professor Thomas Hartung's professional career, contributions in the areas of evidence-based toxicology and alternatives methods to animal testing, and extensive list of European and International publications, make him a perfect match for the EUROTOX Merit Award," says Professor Heather Wallace, President of EUROTOX.