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ecopa SSCT Workshop 2017

The Björn Ekwall Memorial Award 2017 

Professor Thomas Hartung from the Johns Hopkins University,
the United States of America, is the recipient of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for the year 2017

In recognition of his scientific achievements in the development and evaluation of methods for risk assessment of toxic chemicals, without the use of experimental animals, and for his work as the Director of ECVAM (2002-2008) and the Director of CAAT (from 2009 until present).   

Thomas Hartung, MD, PhD, Director of CAAT, Professor of Evidence Based Toxicology
The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD 21 205

Thomas Hartung did his PhD 1991 at the University of Konstanz (Germany) one year before the MD in 1992 at the University of Tuebingen (Germany), and still hold a professorship of pharmacology and toxicology. He has a broad research background in clinical and experimental pharmacology and toxicology. His early work centered on the immune recognition of bacteria, including pyrogen testing, and the induced inflammatory response. The pharmacological modulation of these responses was studied in experimental and clinical approaches. More recently, the work of Thomas Hartung has centered to find new strategies for toxicity testing in the 21st century.

In 2002 he became the head of the European Center for the Validation of Alternative Methods  (ECVAM) of the European Commission (2002-2008). Early 2009 T. Hartung relocated to the US and became the director for the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT). In addition, he established a laboratory for developmental neurotoxicity research based on genomics and metabolomics and respective technologies (2010).

Since 2009 the main goal of his work is toward a paradigm shift in toxicity testing to improve public health. He is involved in the implementation of the 2007 NRC vision document “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century – a vision and a strategy”. He has brought the translation concept of the evidence-based medicine to toxicology (evidence-based toxicology). This aims for systematic assessment of the quality of all tools for regulatory toxicology and the development of new approaches based on annotated pathways of toxicity.

Professor Hartung has received several awards concerning alternative testing and animal welfare. Only to mention some of them: Russell & Burch award of Humane Society of the US (2009),  Agilent Thought-Leader Award (2010), EuroGroup for Animals – Animal Welfare Award (2014) and LUSH  Prize (2014). Professor Hartung has published more than 500 articles in peer-review journals.

The Björn Ekwall Memorial Award will be handed over at the ECOPA-SSCT Workshop 2017, June 14-16, Helsinki, Finland

On behalf of the board of Björn Ekwall Memorial Foundation

Ada Kolman, President of BEMF

Hanna Tähti, Secretary of BEMF                                   Stockholm – Tampere, February 3, 2017




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