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J. K. Rowling Donates 10 Million Pounds for MS Research at University of Edinburgh

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
August 31, 2010, 08:28 AM

The BBC is reporting this morning that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has given a donation of 10 million pounds to the University of Edinburgh to fund a research clinic studying MS (Multiple sclerosis).  The new research clinic will be named the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, after the author's mother who suffered from the decease and passed away at age 45.  The BBC goes on to note that the clinic will also focus their efforts "on other degenerative neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and Motor Neurone Disease."  Ms Rowling is quoted as saying in regards to the donation:

"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."  
A second article on SkyNews reports that '[t]he Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will be based in a purpose-built facility within the University's Chancellor's Building, next to the city's Royal Infirmary at Little France.  University officials said the development will build on Edinburgh's "strong track records" in patient-focused clinical research on neurological disorders and in imaging of the brain and nervous system.  It follows the setting up of the Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research at the university three years ago, which also received support from the author."

More information about the Centre for MS Research at the University of Edinburgh can be found via this link.

Many thanks, Erna!

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this is fantastic. a close family friend was just diagnosed with ms so this is really good. :) yay Jo.

Posted by magicpaintbrush on September 01, 2010, 11:42 AM report to moderator
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Cheers to the very generous, very gracious, JK Rowling. She speaks so beautifully about…everything! And, I love that she wears her heart on her sleeve to benefit the public. That says a lot about her strong character

Posted by Smitch on September 01, 2010, 12:27 PM report to moderator
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What a great donation to the cause. Its such a shame for Jo. I do feel really sorry for her.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on September 01, 2010, 01:41 PM report to moderator
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Oh, Jo. You and your wonderful kindness :)

Posted by Rachel on September 01, 2010, 08:22 PM report to moderator
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what a great act by Jk Rowling, so very sweet-hearted :)

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on September 01, 2010, 08:48 PM report to moderator
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As someone who personally suffers from MS, this means a great deal to me. Hopefully there will be better advances in diagnostics and treatment and we won’t have to suffer much longer. It’s so wonderful to have her advocate for patients and I know her mum would be proud. Thanks JK Rowling :) You rock!

Posted by Lisee_Lu on September 03, 2010, 12:58 AM report to moderator
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she is totally my hero.

Posted by cttboyd on September 03, 2010, 03:36 PM report to moderator
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Jo is such a wonderrful woman!

Posted by melloncollie on September 10, 2010, 04:50 PM report to moderator
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