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


Aug 31, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

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!

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

Avatar Imageakcorr says: Daaammmnnn!!!Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: "who suffered from the decease" ! Must be awful for her to have to think that she's the same age as her mum passed away at. Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Always a class act. Bravo, JK Rowling.Avatar ImagePetra says: Wow!!! Now that's amazing. Every honour to you Jo... :)))Avatar Imageazna70 says: Best way to Donate...it's given from the heart.Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: This is fantastic!! This means so much to me because my cousin, who's a year older than Jo, has MS. Jo never ceases to astound me with her generosity!Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: What a generosity! It must have been tough to lose her mother who was so young. Great going Jo! You rock!!Avatar Imagemoonysmusician says: You make us proud, Jo. :-DAvatar Imagethundermountain7 says: Although I do not know anyone you has had this horrible disease. I know that it is something that we must find the cure to. This act of kindness by Jo does not surprise be at all because she is such a wonderful person. She is always donating the money that she has earned to good causes. Good job Jo.Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: Wow, she never ceases to amaze me :) I love that I can look up to someone who is not only an amazing author, and has changed my life in so many ways, but also an amazing person. This is just so fantastic! The woman truly has a heart of gold.Avatar Imagevineethtc says: Edward, please change 'decease' to disease. It's bothering me and stands out in the article.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: this is really specialAvatar Imagetaoist1 says: Great to see her generosity. Avatar Imagelumoslove says: Everlastingly classy and generous, J. K. Rowling.Avatar ImageMatea says: great act,Jo! and thank you! my aunt suffers from MS and she's in her 30's. I know how horrible it is. I really hope they'll figure out what to do.Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: It may be silly but this article brought me to tears. I hope that her generous donation results in many more mothers (and fathers) being able to fight these diseases long enough to see their children and grandchildren grow into as fine adults as Ms. Rowling has grown.Avatar ImageCDR says: What a generosity!!!Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: No wonder she donated, celebrities only donate to charities if it brings back memories or something......... But MS is a highly complex disease, I hope they do find a cure. Atleast then Anne Rowling's soul will rest in peace.Avatar ImageGraymayne says: I sincerely hope that the research at this clinic does come up with the solution to the scourge of MS. Nothing could give Jo greater satisfaction than that. It would be a lasting tribute to two fine women.Avatar ImageShinyPineapple says: I'm speechless. She's amazing<3Avatar ImageLonewolf_ says: It's great to see that she spend some of her money on things like this, not only all of them on herself, like other very successful people. A great act Jo!:DAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Great way to spend your money :)Avatar Imagemargoooo says: I <3 Jo.Avatar Imagemargoooo says: ♫Sarita♫ [Roar]! : I think that is an unfair statement, especially concerning Jo. She donates to many charities, not just ones she has a personal connection to. Also, being a celeb doesn't mean one is required to be a philanthropist.Avatar Imageda_member0808 says: Wow! Jo continues to amaze me. Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: So cool I can't stand it.Avatar ImageHinkypunkmum says: What a truly remarkable , loving , kind and generous woman Jo is. This terrible disease strikes close to her heart and she would love to see some great strides and progress made in combating it. I admire this woman and respect her.Avatar Imagexxeleanortheplantxx says: jo is a lovely woman for doing thisAvatar ImageSlyBones says: JK Rowling rocks!!!Avatar ImageCharlieNevin says: I must say, if I had her money I would probably waste a good portion of it...I guess that's why she has it and not me! Bravo for all your generosity!Avatar ImageAsria says: Oh, Jo you're just so amazing! I wish I had the money to do something like that : ) Avatar ImagePhoebe of Gryffindor says: Good for Mrs.Rowling! What a wonderful contribution she has made that is sure to help other people out :) Avatar ImageGryffindor_Girl_xx says: Jo, you are really selfless and generous, I'm absolutely astounded by that donation! It's ... it's ... I'm speechless!!! Love you, Jo, you're brilliant!!! x)Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: Good on you JK Rowling, what a worthy cause going to a very good university!Avatar Imagenddulac says: I'm so glad that Jo has chosen to use her powers for good rather than evil. We could really be in trouble! No really - way to go Jo! We should all be so generous with our time, energy and/or money.Avatar ImageravenclawChyna says: Very cool!Avatar Imagelollifant says: Wow, how awesome!! Jo is so generous, I love her! And I did my stage last year about motor neuron disease, and all my subjects this year are about neuroscience, genetics, neurological diseases,.. I would love to work there someday! :)Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: This is generous. (: Plus she did it from the heart. Avatar Imagemollywobble says: Sarita, not exactly sure what you meant by that, but Jo is also involved in her charity Lumos (formerly known as the Children's High Level group), which protects the rights of institutionalized children in the Czech Republic and Moldova. If you'll recall, all the proceeds of Beedle the Bard went to that charity. She also donated to Haiti after the earthquake, and has opening discussed donating to other charities. Besides, I think most people who become involved in charities, regardless if they're famous or not, usually pick ones that support causes they feel passionate about. Avatar Imagedoughboy6390 says: Wow that's great but who picked the photo it does not even look like her!Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: I just saw that news on Five just before CSI heheAvatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: Thats great my grandmother suffered parkinson's diease and 10 millon pounds is a lot of money.Avatar ImageSaskiaM says: Today after work I thought I'd pick up a book at the nearby Barnes & Noble's and passed a woman with MS on the way out. She had one of those motorized scooter things and was flanked on either side by her two little boys who were both looking adoringly at her. I kept thinking -- chances are it's going to get harder for her as they grow older and her own body weakens. It's so fantastic that Jo is doing this. It's going to affect the people we see every day.Avatar ImageCatherine says: Jo--everyday we your fans think you couldnt get any more awesome, and again and again you prove us wrong!!!!!!!! My mom also lost her mom at age 49, and she and her sisters are just turning with in that age range. my aunt just turned 50 and she looked at her sisters and said "i made it." so Jo you have made it and your mother would very proud of you and what you are doing! I also lost my grandparents (my grandmother died on my birthday) and aunt to alzheimer's so i know very well how devestating that disease can be as well! so great job Jo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We all love and support you!Avatar ImageTurquoiseRose13 says: My mother also has MS, so thank you so much, Jo. I know people have pointed out the "deceased" typo, but just letting you know you might wanna fix it :)Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: What a wonderful thing to do with the money that she has made! And what a pity that her mother did not live long enough to have an inkling of how much joy her daughter would go on to create in the world through her writing. Forty-five is much too young to die. So many valuable lives have been cut short by this terrible wasting disease, including a lot of talented artists like the brilliant young cellist Jacqueline Du Pré. Wouldn't it be amazing if this new research facility in Edinburgh turns out to be the one that finally comes up with the key to a cure? The Church of England might just have to nominate JKR for sainthood for that, or at least beatification! Whoops, there goes her last shred of privacy...Avatar Imageenchantedsocks says: What an extremely generous donation Jo has gifted to this centre. Suffering from neurological disorders must be awful and frustrating, so hopefully this centre will come up with ways to improve the lives of sufferers and eventually, one day, find a cure.Avatar Imageksddancer says: She is very caring! I send my thoughts and prayers to people who have family members or themselves with MS.Avatar Imagedumbledork31 says: Wow! Jo is amazing. She's such a great great role model.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Very amazing J.K.Rowling!!! Good for you!Avatar ImageRowling Stones says: wow, when her mum passed away she was suffering from depression and living off welfare, she never told Anne she had taken up writing, would her mum ever have guessed that one day she would have a research center with her name on it!!!?!!Avatar ImageFresca says: This is a horrible disease. Thanks so much Jo, for your gift from the heart, I had a friend who had MS and died from it recently. It affects balance, the ability to move around on your own, damages nerves so your feet and legs are just like lumps of stone. I hope and pray that this disease will oe day be curable or at least manageable. It is a Scottish disease but affects many people all over the world too.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Bravo Jo! Her generosity is always great to see.Avatar Imagehallowedhearts says: I didn't even know it was POSSIBLE to donate that much money. Wow. This is so refreshing to see. Jo possesses so much money, but such a generous heart! Avatar ImageOh Neville says: Beyond class, Ms. R. As my parents each suffer from one of the maladies you list, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Avatar Imagehereward says: Good on yer Jo!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: *WOW! :O* Thats amazing. Jo is a brilliant role-model and person. Somebody everyone should look up to. =DAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Always a class! J. K. Rowling.Avatar ImageLeper says: God, I love this woman.Avatar Imagemagicpaintbrush says: this is fantastic. a close family friend was just diagnosed with ms so this is really good. :) yay Jo.Avatar Imagemagicpaintbrush says: this is fantastic. a close family friend was just diagnosed with ms so this is really good. :) yay Jo.Avatar ImageSmitch says: 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 Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: What a great donation to the cause. Its such a shame for Jo. I do feel really sorry for her.Avatar Imagemonkeysinhogwarts says: Oh, Jo. You and your wonderful kindness :)Avatar ImageSindi says: what a great act by Jk Rowling, so very sweet-hearted :)Avatar ImageLisee_Lu says: 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!Avatar Imagecttboyd says: she is totally my hero.Avatar Imagemelloncollie says: Jo is such a wonderrful woman!

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