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New research clinic in Edinburgh to improve outcomes for multiple sclerosis sufferers

November 04, 2015

The donation is part of the Edinburgh Campaign, which aims to raise -350 million for initiatives across the University. This includes creating new hubs of learning, conserving iconic University buildings, furthering research and increasing the number of scholarships and bursaries available for students.

Full statement from J K Rowling

It is with great pleasure and pride that I am donating -10 million to the Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh, which is to be named after my mother, Anne.

I have supported research into the cause and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis for many years now, but when I first saw the proposal for this clinic, I knew that I had found a project more exciting, more innovative, and, I believe, more likely to succeed in unravelling the mysteries of MS than any other I had read about or been asked to fund. I am incredibly impressed by the calibre of clinicians and researchers that Edinburgh has already managed to attract to make this project a reality, and I truly believe that it is set to become a world centre for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology.

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will be mould-breaking in the way that it places patients at the heart of the research and treatment process. While Multiple Sclerosis will be at the heart of the research initiative, people with the many other diseases caused by neurodegeneration are likely to benefit from discoveries made here.

So whole-heartedly do I believe in the concept of the clinic, and the passionate, dynamic people who are making it a reality, that I would have been thrilled to help wherever it had been situated. Nevertheless, the fact that it will be situated in Edinburgh, my home town, makes the project, if possible, even dearer to my heart. Edinburgh has given me so very much that I have been looking for a way to give something meaningful back to the city for a long time. I cannot think of anything more important, or of more lasting value, than to help the university attract world-class minds in the field of neuroregeneration, to build on its long and illustrious history of medical research and, ultimately, to seek a cure for a very Scottish disease.

I have just turned 45, the age at which my mother, Anne, died of complications related to her MS. I know that she would rather have had her name on this clinic than on any statue, flower garden or commemorative plaque, so this donation is on her behalf, too; and in gratitude for everything she gave me in her far-too-short life.

Source: University of Edinburgh