Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has made a substantial donation for research into the treatment of multiple sclerosis at a center named in memory of her late mother.
JK Rowling Donates £15.3M to UK Clinic Working in MS Research, Treatment and Discovery
J.K. Rowling, world renowned author of the Harry Potter series, has donated £15.3 million — more than $19 million — to the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic to support research, create new facilities, and help develop new treatments for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurodegenerative disorders.
J.K. Rowling donates £15m to MS research
Located at The University of Edinburgh, the clinic is named for Rowling’s mother, who died of MS at age 45. It was set up with £10 million donation from Rowling in 2010, and works as an integrated care and research facility, one that offer patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials. — reported Multiple Sclerosis News Today.
“I am delighted to now support the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic into a new phase of discovery and achievement, as it realises its ambition to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative diseases,” Rowling said in a press release.
Noting the clinic’s role in the recent progress in regenerative neurology, Rowling added that she has “great pride” in both its “lofty ambitions” and its “practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS, regardless of stage and type.”
“I’ve heard at first-hand what a difference this support can make,” she said.
Peter Mathieson, the university’s principal and vice-chancellor, added: “We are immensely honoured that J. K. Rowling has chosen to continue her support for the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
This inspiring donation will fund a whole new generation of researchers who are focused on discovering and delivering better treatments and therapies for patients.”
“This incredibly far-sighted and generous donation will unlock the potential of personalised medicine for people with MS in Scotland and further afield,” said Siddharthan Chandran, a neurologist and the clinic’s director.
“Our research is shaped by listening to, and involving, individuals who are living with these tough conditions,” Chandran concluded.
As a postgraduate, J.K. Rowling worked at the London office of Amnesty International, doing research into human rights abuses in the French-speaking countries of Africa.
J.K. Rowling was Patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Scotland for nine years. She stepped down as Patron in 2009 and now continues to support MS research directly through the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
She was a patron of the Maggie’s Centres for Cancer Care for several years. Maggie’s Centres are a network of drop-in centres across the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, which aim to help anyone who has been affected by cancer, in numerous practical ways.
For Médecins Sans Frontières/ Doctors Without Borders, she performed in a fundraising event with authors Stephen King and John Irving in New York in 2006, and in 2011 contributed to a book in aid of the charity, Dear Me: More Letters to My 16-year old Self.
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Research at the Anne Rowling Clinic is discovering new information, delivering drug trials, and improving quality of life for people with MS, MND and other neurodegenerative conditions. Learn more about their amazing work and how you can support it.