Harry Potter author JK Rowling donates £15.3 million towards MS research

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling has donated $19 million (£15.3 million) to fund scientists researching multiple sclerosis (MS) - the disease that killed her mother.

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic at the University of Edinburgh was established with a 10 million pounds donation from the author in 2010, the BBC reported.

"I am delighted to now aid the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic into a new stage of discovery and accomplishment as it realises its ambition to produce a legacy of much better outcomes for generations of men and women with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative conditions".

The research center was set up following an earlier $12 million (£10m) donation from the author in 2010, and is named in memory of her mother Anne, who died of MS at age 45.

She stated: "When the Anne Rowling Clinic was initially started, none of us could have predicted the unbelievable development that would be manufactured in the industry of regenerative neurology, with the clinic foremost the charge".

The clinic is a care and research facility focusing on MS and neurological conditions with the aim of bringing more clinical studies and trials to patients.

Rowling said she is encouraged by advances being made and proud that the clinic is not only doing important research but has also provided "practical, on the ground support and care for people with MS".

"I am assured that the combination of medical analysis and useful help shipped by Professor Siddharthan Chandran and his exemplary crew will make a definitive move-modify for individuals with MS and affiliated situations".

University experts hope the donation will help have a lasting impact on people with the condition 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".

Ms Rowling's series about a wizard schoolboy has won multiple awards and sold more than 500 million copies, becoming the best-selling book series in history.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List, Ms Rowling has an estimated fortune of £750m.

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