The Doerenkamp-Zbinden Endowed Chair in Evidence-based Toxicology

Location: Johns Hopkins University (USA)

Date of establishment: 2009

Duration of contract: unlimited - the initial installment funding provided by the DZF

Chairholder: Prof. dr. Thomas Hartung

The Doerenkamp Zbinden Foundation has followed the strategy to establish university chairs in addition to supporting research projects very successfully since 2003. In December 2008 the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore/USA entered a contract with the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Foundation /Switzerland that enabled Johns Hopkins University to install a permanent Doerenkamp-Zbinden Chair for evidence based toxicology. The Foundation dedicated this chair to its scientific founder, the toxicologist Gerhard Zbinden of Zurich. The year 2009 represents a milestone in the FOundationĀ“s promotion of alternative methods as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health named Thomas Hartung the inaugural Doerenkamp-Zbinden Professor and Chair for Evidence-Based Toxicology. This was the first time that a Doerenkamp-Zbinden chair for alternative methods was established outside of Europe.


The Doerenkamp-Zbinden foundation is proud to have helped install at such prominent place a chair to support the paradigm shift in toxicology. Large projects have already been initiated such as the t4 (Think Thank of Toxicology) a project which connects the two continents and closely link up the DZF Chairs in Konstanz, Utrecht and Baltimore  in order to make a new approach in toxicology possible (please click on the link for more information about the t4 project: t4 project description


Information about the chair at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore can be found at the following link:

→ The Doerenkamp-Zbinden Endowed Chair in Evidence-based Toxicology

Highlighted projects:

  • t4 (transatlantic think thank of toxicology)
  • Support of Altweb
  • Support of CAAT (centre for alternatives to animal testing)
  • Installation of CAAT-EU together with DZ chairs in Konstanz and Utrecht