When JK Rowling’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the early 1980s, there was no hope for patients, as no treatment existed. Nerve cells just shut down, one, by one, by one.
The author’s £10 million donation, the largest ever received by the University, is helping to change that.
In November 2011, foundations were laid for a new facility next to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Early in 2013 the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will open.
As well as the building, the donation has supported world-leading research into how stem cell science can treat – and ultimately cure – the disease. It has also established Rowling Scholarships, to support and increase the number of researchers working at the Clinic each year.
The Clinic will focus on MS, but will also look into other degenerative neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and motor neurone disease.
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.
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