A loss to the ME community: Jonas Blomberg

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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.

 

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6 thoughts on “A loss to the ME community: Jonas Blomberg”

  1. There are so few that devote their career to the study and treatment of ME. We have loss a real hero in the fight with the passing of Jonas Blomberg.
    All the patients of ME will always have gratitude for all his work. I send sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

  2. I hate to hear this news, he was such an outstanding hope for patients, and colleagues. His enthusiasm emitted its own brilliant light as he drew listeners into his stories and insights. The world was a better place for him, buthis keenness makes his loss even more acutely felt.

  3. How did he die?

    Why good scientist keep dying? Especially those that work in that field of finding pathogens that cause desease?

    1. Primarily because research in this arena started in the 1980s. Many of these researchers are getting older now. Luckily, it does seem that there are a lot of young researchers who are interested in the disease.

      One of the saddest things that I’ve ever heard about science is that oftentimes, an avenue of research will be shut off completely when the scientist interested and invested in that idea retires, changes universities, or passes away.

      There are a lot of small studies from the 1980s and 1990s that repeat what we have found this decade, but they are not always cited. I hope that young researchers and new researchers and during the field are always looking at what has been done before, improving on methodology, and carrying on the work.

      Jaime

  4. Makes me very sad as I hear sitting in CSH and tribute to Jonas is being delivered. It is only my second occasion at this meeting and I still remember the first time in 2014 meeting, having lobster dinner sitting next to him and he was teaching me how to crack it. One of the great scientist, great human, we miss you.

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