In addition to his academic and research pursuits, Dr. Klareskog has been a vigorous participant in many national and international organizations. From 1995–2012 he was a member of the Karolinska’s Nobel Assembly; he has participated as a member of EULAR’s scientific committee; he has chaired and co-chaired the Scientific Board of the Swedish Rheumatism Association, a patient organization; and he has served on advisory boards of several pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. He has been devoted to the development of international consortia in arthritis research.
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Asked whether he took time off, he answers simply, “Rarely.”
A life in science, he explains, is “a privileged life that contains so many opportunities for exploration of different scientific and social cultures and so many opportunities to meet with engaged humans beings from all over the world. So ‘time off’ is not what you wish for as a scientist,” he says—“in particular when being married to an equally engaged and internationally active scientist.” Dr. Klareskog’s wife is Ingrid Lundberg, professor in the same department at the Karolinska.
Gretchen Henkel is a medical journalist based in California.
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