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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sudden passing of Jonas Blomberg.
Blomberg was an Emeritus Professor at the Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Microbiology at Uppsala University in Sweden, active in scientific and medical research: one of his ongoing projects was real-time PCR for the detection of pathogens. Blomberg’s recent papers about ME include Infection Elicited Autoimmunity and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Explanatory Model, and Epitopes of microbial and human heat shock protein 60 and their recognition in myalgic encephalomyelitis. You can find a complete list of Blomberg’s research publications here.
Blomberg was active in the ME research community. He received a Ramsay grant from SMCI for his work on infection and metabolic consequences of ME, working alongside Jonas Bergquist. He was part of the Stanford ME/CFS Working Group, and some of his research was funded by the Open Medicine Foundation (OMF).
His research directly affected those at the Goffries Clinic, where he was on the advisory board — one of the only hospitals in Sweden to offer treatment for ME and fibromyalgia. He will be sorely missed, not only for his contributions to the study of ME, but also for his warmth and willingness to wade into to a controversial subject in order to help those who needed it most.