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Thomas Hartung, M.D., Ph.D., Toxicology Expert, Predicts Transformative Role for AI in Drug and Chemical Risk Assessment at AAPS PharmSci 360

Arlington, VA—Toxicology expert Thomas Hartung, M.D., Ph.D., of Johns Hopkins University will present the opening plenary at AAPS PharmSci 360, Sunday, Oct. 22 at 5 p.m. ET.

Dr. Hartung’s presentation will emphasize artificial intelligence’s ability to harness extensive datasets and provide probabilistic outputs as key advantages that can facilitate more precise risk assessment approaches when compared to traditional methods.

Toxicology has shifted from a purely empirical science to a data-rich field ripe for AI integration, in Dr. Hartung’s view. He forecasts a vital role for AI in transforming future drug and chemical risk assessments. He also believes AI methods are uniquely suited to handling the large, diverse data volumes central to modern toxicology. 

“We are excited to have Dr Hartung provide the opening plenary presentation at PharmSci 360,” AAPS 2023 PharmSci 360 Scientific Programming Committee Chair Otilia Koo, Ph.D., said. “His talk will provide attendees with inspiration on how to develop new medicines faster through AI and harnessing big data.”

PharmSci 360 will take place Oct. 22-25 in Orlando, FL, at the Orange County Convention Center. To learn more and to register, visit


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