Dr. Andrejs Ērglis

A cardiologist physician, a scientist and Professor of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Latvia.

He obtained his medical degree from Riga Medical Institute in 1989, the specialization in cardiology and radiology in 1990. He continued his training in interventional cardiology in USA, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany and France. In 2006 he obtained his PhD from the University of Latvia with the thesis entitled “Percutaneous coronary interventions for complex coronary lesions. The challenge of restenosis”. Since 2005 he is Chief of Latvian Centre of Cardiology at Pauls Stradins Clinical University Hospital.

Since 2016 ir is Vice-president of Latvian Academy of Science, Director and Leading Researcher at Institute of Cardiology and Regenerative Medicine, University of Latvia, previously he was Director and Leading Researcher at Institute of Cardiology, University of Latvia (2008-2015). Conducts research on pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of atherosclerosis, personalized monitoring, diagnosis and treatment, research on stem cells and biomaterials. He has presented over 700 lectures/chairmanships at national and mostly international meetings. He is the author or co-author of more than 400 peer-reviewed articles on epidemiology, diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and regenerative medicine.

Since 2005 he is President of Latvian Society of Cardiology. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology.

Presentation topic

Medicine of the 21st century: integrating science into the well-being of people

During the last hundred years the average life expectancy in the world and also in Latvia has extended for at least 30 to 40 years. In the 21st century the human body has enough resources to live until 120 years of age without having to use tons of medications and walking aids towards the end. Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of mortality and morbidity in Latvia. Having a healthy lifestyle is indisputable in maintaining good health. However, apart from preventive measures, the support of the modern medicine is as important. Modern medicine can be found in the end of the 19th century when the X-ray was discovered. Pauls Stradins, the renowned Latvian physician, surgeon, medical historian and researcher, once said that medicine was a profession, science and art all at the same time. While a painting can be created by a single person, medicine and research nowadays require teamwork which is focused on the human being, the patient, who is surrounded by various physicians and other health care specialists. Today we collaborate with mathematicians, physicists, biologists, IT specialists and artists, going as far as genetic research and regenerative medicine, using virtual and robotic technologies, in order to improve human well-being. Such collaboration has allowed us to take the next step towards personalized/precision medicine where the biology (genes), environment and lifestyle of a specific patient are considered.

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