On Thursday, 8 September, there will be an event held at RSU in memory of professor Anatolijs Bļugers, former Vice-Rector for Science of our Univeristy and a renowned hepatologist of his time. In honour of professor Bļugers there is a small exposition set up by the RSU museum near the entrance to the Great Hall.
Anatolijs Bļugers was born on 8 July 1926 in Haysin, Ukraine. In 1951, he graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, Nikolay Pirogov 2nd Moscow Medical Institute. Whereas, in 1951, professor left for Rīga where he worked as a doctor and head of the department at Rīga City Hospital of Infectious Diseases until 1957.
In 1957, Professor Bļugers started work at Rīga Medical Institute (now Rīga Stradiņš University) as an assistant at the Department of Infectious Diseases, assistant professor, and head of the Department (1962–1991) and Professor. From 1960 to 1992 he took the position of Vice-Rector for Science.
Being a dedicated researcher and a gifted organiser, teacher and medical doctor, he was appointed leading infectologist at the Ministry of Health (1964–1968) and Chair of Medical Sciences Council (1978–1991). Professor also founded and headed the Hepatology Centre of Latvia (1965–1991) and in 1992 became a Chair of Executive Board of the “Bikur Holim” hospital in Rīga.
Professor Bļugers was an initiator of the creation of scientific and practical and teaching associations by establishing the Hepatolology Centre of Latvia. Thus, Latvia gained international recognition in the field of hepatology that opened wide opportunities for several hundreds of teachers and researchers from various countries to learn and upgrade their skills in hepatology.
In 1957, professor Bļugers was awarded the Latvian SSR State Prize, in 1982 – August Kirchenstein Prize of the Academy of Sciences of Latvian SSR, whereas in 1986 he was conferred the title of Honoured Worker of Science of Latvian SSR.
In 1995, professor Bļugers was granted Latvian citizenship for special merits. In 2002, he became an Honorary Member of the Latvian Medical Association, while in 2004 he received Pauls Stradiņš Award for lifetime contribution to the development of the field of hepatology and training of medical specialists in Latvia. Finally, in 2006, professor Bļugers was awarded the Order of Three Stars of the Republic of Latvia.
Professor Bļugers passed away on 21 July 2007 in Rīga.