J.K. Rowling funds MS research centre
1st September 2010
A donation from J.K. Rowling will help establish a research clinic for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients in Edinburgh.
The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows author has given GBP 10 million to fund the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, which will be based at the University of Edinburgh and sited next to the city's Royal Infirmary.
Rowling, whose mother Anne died of the disease, commented: '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 neuro-regeneration, to build on its long and illustrious history of medical research and, ultimately, to seek a cure for a very Scottish disease.'
Around 100,000 people in the UK suffer from the condition, with 10,500 of these living in Scotland. The country has one of the highest MS rates in the world, although the reasons for this are unclear.
As well as researching treatments for MS, the clinic will study other degenerative neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease.
The university is also home to the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research, which was established in 2006 after a donation by Edinburgh-born investment banker Euan MacDonald.