JK Rowling donates £15.3m to Edinburgh MS research centre

Acclaimed author, JK Rowling has donated £15.3 million to an Edinburgh based MS research centre named after her mother.

Credit: Anne Rowling Clinic

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurological Clinic at the University of Edinburgh was established in 2010 after Rowling donated an initial £10 million.

This new donation will further create opportunities for facilities and support research.

Launched in memory of her mother, Anne Rowling who died aged 45 from complications related to multiple sclerosis, the centre is an integrated care and research facility.

Focus within the centre is MS and neurological conditions, with the aim of bringing more clinical trials into the forefront and to people living with MS.

Further neurological conditions researched at the centre include Parkinson’s, dementia and motor neurone disease (MND).


Of the donation, Ms Rowling was quoted: “When the Anne Rowling Clinic was first founded, none of us could have predicted the incredible progress that would be made in the field of regenerative neurology, with the clinic leading the charge.

“It’s a matter of great pride for me that the clinic has combined these lofty ambitions with 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.

“I am confident that the combination of clinical research and practical support delivered by Professor Siddharthan Chandran and his exemplary team will create a definitive step-change for people with MS and associated conditions.”

Ms Rowling’s donation will also include Gift Aid, with the University of Edinburgh hoping it will create a global legacy that will have a lasting effect on patients and their families.


“The Anne Rowling Clinic’s vision is to offer everyone with MS or other neurodegenerative diseases, such as MND, the opportunity to participate in a suite of clinical studies and trials,” added Prof Chandran, director of the clinic.

“Our research is shaped by listening to, and involving, individuals who are living with these tough conditions.”

The donation from Ms Rowling is hoped to propel and unlock the potential of personalised medicine for people in Scotland, and worldwide, living with MS.

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