J.K. Rowling donates $15.4 million to set up a Multiple Sclerosis research clinic
World renowned bestselling author, J.K. Rowling has donated part of her earning to benefit a Multiple Sclerosis charity. The author of the famed, Harry Potter series of books has donated £10 million ($15.4 million) to set up a research clinic in her mother’s name. Reportedly, the Rowling’s mother, Anne succumbed to complication resulting from MS at the age of 45. This personal experience as well as her desire to give back something to the city of Edinburgh prompted Rowling to start this research center. Besides conducting research and trying to unravel the mysteries of MS, the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at Edinburgh University will also focus on other degenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Motor Neurone Disease. This is the biggest donation given by the author till date and also the largest ever to be received by the university.
The clinic will be located in a purpose-built facility where academics will work intimately with researchers and study neurodegenerative disorders at the university, as well as train a “new generation of researchers”.
Rowling who just turned 45, the age at which her mother died 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.
Just last year she stood down from a patron for the MS Society Scotland charity citing the split by internal rows as her main reason to step down. Rowling now believes that the clinic is more exciting, more innovate and more likely to unravel the mysteries of MS than any other project she had been asked to fund.