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Profile of Edgar Jaeggi

Dr. Edgar Jaeggi
Dr. Edgar Jaeggi

Dr. Edgar Jaeggi, MD, FRCPC

  • Associate Scientist, Translational Medicine
  • Staff Cardiologist
  • Head, Fetal Cardiac Program
  • Professor, Paediatrics, University of Toronto

Where are you from and where did you study?
I am originally from Switzerland and obtained my medical degree from the University of Basel in Switzerland.

What are you researching right now?
Current research is on the impact of low birth weight and intrauterine growth restriction on fetal and early postnatal cardiovascular function.

Who is your all-time favourite scientist, and why?
The scientist that I most admire is probably Dr. Abraham Rudolph. He has pioneered our understanding of fetal physiology and is still considered to be one of the most distinguished paediatric cardiologists in the world. I had three former senior colleagues who all were mentored under Dr. Rudolph. I had one opportunity to meet him personally when I was working as a fellow in Zurich. He was in his late seventies and I still recall him as a very nice and impressive person. .

What in your opinion is the single most important scientific breakthrough, and why?
This is a very difficult question – I could give a long list of breakthroughs. If I had to choose, I would probably say that the development of computers is the most important invention. Their development has lead to advancements in all areas of research and exploration. Without computers, I would not be able to do a fraction of the clinical and research work that I do today.

What are your major interests outside the lab?
I really enjoy listening to music, jazz in particular. Being from Switzerland, I am an avid skier, though I don’t have the same opportunities to ski here in Toronto. I also enjoy basketball and have played all of my life. These days, I play basketball with my son who has about the same height and skills.

Why science?
For me, the question is more, ‘why medicine?’ It is through medicine that I came into science. We are all committed to trying to improve the quality of life for our patients and I would hope that my research is contributing to finding new methods for improving the quality of life and the outcome of some of our patients.

Why SickKids?
SickKids is a world renowned centre that offers tremendous clinical and research opportunities. I have held positions in five cardiac hospitals on three different continents in my professional career and none of them have offered the kinds of opportunities like SickKids.

What is the most controversial question in your field right now?
Intrauterine treatment is probably one of, if not the most, controversial and challenging issues in my field as Head of the Fetal Cardiac Program. Prenatal treatment affects not one but two patients at the same time and risks and benefits must be considered very carefully.

November 2008

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