JKR donates £10m to University of Edinburgh to set up MS research clinic
August 31, 2010 at 8:48 AM ET
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JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series has donated 10 million pounds to the University of Edinburgh to set up a MS clinic. The clinic, which will "focus on patient-based studies to help find treatments that could slow progression of the disease, working towards the eventual aim of stopping and reversing it," will be called the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
Ms. Rowling said:
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.