Jonas Blomberg

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Jonas Blomberg, MD, PhD, (1944-2019) was an Emeritus Professor at the Department of Medical Sciences, Clinical Microbiology, Uppsala University, Sweden.[1] He was on the Advisory Board of the Gottfries Clinic, one of the couple of clinics in Sweden offering adequate biomedical treatment for Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.[2]

Blomberg passed away suddenly in February 2019.

Education[edit | edit source]

  • 1974 - MD, Göteborg University
  • 1977 - PhD in Medical Biochemistry, Göteborg University
  • 1979-1981 - Postdoctoral work on Retroviruses, National Cancer Institute, US

Fields of Research[edit | edit source]

  • Retroviruses: HIV, HTLV, XMRV and HERVs.
  • Bioinformatics: Improving diagnostic methods for clinical microbiology, enhancing phylogenetic studies.
  • Method development: Nucleic acid and Antibody based methods for detection of infection.
  • Clinical Virology: Quality control, management of routine, search for infectious triggers of Myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome).

2017 Ramsay Award[edit | edit source]

A team comprised of Dr. Blomberg and Dr. Jonas Bergquist of Uppsala University and Dr. Carl-Gerhard Gottfries and Dr. Olof Zachrisson of the Gottfries Clinic were awarded a 2017 Ramsay Award grant from the Solve ME/CFS Initiative for research into biomarkers for initiation (infection) and metabolic derangement in ME/CFS.[3]

Committees and working groups[edit | edit source]

ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University[edit | edit source]

Member of the Working Group which offers their expertise and resources to the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University.[4]

EUROMENE[edit | edit source]

Member of the Biomarkers Working Group of ME/CFS across Europe on behalf of the EUROMENE, a European Union COST Action CA15111 not-for-profit research organization committed to tackling the cause and treatment for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.[5]

Research on ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Jonas Blomberg - Uppsala University, Sweden". katalog.uu.se. Retrieved Aug 11, 2018. 
  2. "Gottfries Clinic | Gottfriesmottagningen". www.gottfriesclinic.se. Retrieved Aug 11, 2018. 
  3. "2017 Ramsay Award Program Results". Solve ME/CFS Initiative. Retrieved Jul 16, 2019. 
  4. "OMF grants $1.2M to Ramp Up Collaborative Research Center at Stanford University". bos.etapestry.com. Retrieved Aug 11, 2018. 
  5. "Action CA15111". COST. Retrieved Jul 16, 2019. 
  6. Elfaitouri, A; Shao, X; Mattsson Ulfstedt, J; Muradrasoli, S; Bölin Wiener, A; Golbob, S; Ohrmalm, C; Matousek, M; Zachrisson, O; Gottfries, C-G; Blomberg, J (2011), "Murine gammaretrovirus group G3 was not found in Swedish patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.", PLoS One, 6 (10), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0024602 
  7. Blomberg, Jonas; Sheikholvaezin, Ali; Elfaitouri, Amal; Blomberg, Fredrik; Sjösten, Anna; Mattson Ulfstedt, Johan; Pipkorn, Rüdiger; Källander, Clas; Öhrmalm, Christina (2011). "Phylogeny-Directed Search for Murine Leukemia Virus-Like Retroviruses in Vertebrate Genomes and in Patients Suffering from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Prostate Cancer". Advances in Virology. 2011: 1–20. doi:10.1155/2011/341294. ISSN 1687-8639. PMC 3265301Freely accessible. PMID 22315600. 
  8. Blomberg, Jonas; Blomberg, Fredrik; Sjösten, Anna; Sheikholvaezin, Ali; Bölin-Wiener, Agnes; Elfaitouri, Amal; Hessel, Sanna; Gottfries, Carl-Gerhard; Zachrisson, Olof; Öhrmalma, Christina; Jobs, Magnus; Pipkorn, Rüdiger (2012), "No Evidence for Xenotropic Murine Leukemia-Related Virus Infection in Sweden Using Internally Controlled Multiepitope Suspension Array Serology", Clinical and Vaccine Immunology, 19 (9): 1399-1410, doi:10.1128/CVI.00391-12 
  9. Elfaitouri, A; Herrmann, B; Bölin-Wiener, A; Wang, Y; Gottfries, C-G; Zachrisson, O; Pipkorn, R; Rönnblom, L; Blomberg, J (2013), "Epitopes of Microbial and Human Heat Shock Protein 60 and Their Recognition in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis", PLoS One, 8 (11), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0081155 
  10. Blomberg, Jonas; Gottfries, Carl-Gerhard; Elfaitouri, Amal; Rizwan, Muhammad; Rosén, Anders (2018), "Infection Elicited Autoimmunity and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Explanatory Model", Frontiers in Immunology, 2018 (9): 229, doi:10.3389/fimmu.2018.00229 
  11. Blomberg, Jonas; Rizwan, Muhammad; Böhlin-Wiener, Agnes; Elfaitouri, Amal; Julin, Per; Zachrisson, Olof; Rosén, Anders; Gottfries, Carl-Gerhard. "Antibodies to Human Herpesviruses in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients". Frontiers in Immunology. doi:10.3389/fimmu.2019.01946. 

antibody - Antibodies or immunoglobulin refers to any of a large number of specific proteins produced by B cells that act against an antigen in an immune response.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.

genome - an organism’s complete set of DNA, including all of its genes

antibody - Antibodies or immunoglobulin refers to any of a large number of specific proteins produced by B cells that act against an antigen in an immune response.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) - A controversial term, invented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, that generally refers to a collection of symptoms as “fatigue”. There have been multiple attempts to come up with a set of diagnostic criteria to define this term, but few of those diagnostic criteria are currently in use. Previous attempts to define this term include the Fukuda criteria and the Oxford criteria. Some view the term as a useful diagnostic category for people with long-term fatigue of unexplained origin. Others view the term as a derogatory term borne out of animus towards patients. Some view the term as a synonym of myalgic encephalomyelitis, while others view myalgic encephalomyelitis as a distinct disease.

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