Jonas Blomberg, ME/CFS research scientist, advocate and friend of the Bateman Horne Center, passed away unexpectedly earlier this month.
Dr. Bateman shares, “When I first met Jonas, while in Sweden in 2016 to deliver a lecture on the IOM clinical diagnostic criteria for ME/CFS, I sensed immediately that he had a keen scientific mind and was genuinely intrigued by ME/CFS. We had several conversations about the clinical manifestations of ME/CFS, as he was searching for clinical correlations to substantiate his ideas, and before I left the country I knew he was on track to add important scientific knowledge. Soon he published the paper, Infection Elicited Autoimmunity and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Explanatory Model, which contains innovative ideas that may lead us to solutions in the future.”
Jonas Blomberg’s contributions to the ME/CFS community were noteworthy.
He graduated Göteborg University with a PhD in Medical Biochemistry, and moved to the United States for his postdoctoral work studying retroviruses at the National Cancer Institute.
Jonas Blomberg was a dedicated member of the Biomarkers Working Group of ME/CFS, a European nonprofit committee pursuing ME/CFS research and treatment. In 2017, he was awarded the Ramsey Award, along with Jonas Bergquist, to research ME/CFS biomarkers.
Recently, he was an Emeritus Professor of the Uppsala University in Sweden. He also served on the Advisory Board of the Gottfries Clinic, one of few Swedish clinics treating ME/CFS and fibromyalgia.
We honor Jonas Blomberg for his outstanding work in the field of ME/CFS, and remember him as a gentle soul and a very bright questioning scientist.