Harry Potter is the favorite book to millions of children and as well as adults all around the world. JK Rowling, the author of the seven novels of Harry Potter that were later on made into movies has reached such a worldwide popularity that no one could have imagined. However, this author wanted to use her earned money from these chronicles of Harry Potter about something good. Namely, she donated $19 million to the University of Edinburgh for the funding of multiple sclerosis (MS) research. The University of Edinburgh intends to use these funds for further development of the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
The university stated that the clinic “has established itself as an integrated care and research facility focusing on MS and neurological conditions with the aim of bringing more clinical studies and trials to patients.”
The clinic was built in 2010 when Rowling donated a large sum of money that contributed to developing a section focusing on research for the treatment of MS. JK’s mother Anne died from MS when she was 45 years old and she as a daughter knew how difficult MS could be for the patients and for the immediate family. As a result of that the clinic named the MS section in JK’s mother.
In the beginning Rowling just wanted to help the other patients with MS and no one could have predicted the incredible progress that would be made in the field of Regenerative Neurology. However, the Clinic has come to many positive findings regarding this health condition and Rowling continued with her support.
The Clinic steps into a new phase of discovery and achievement intending to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and Non-MS Neurodegenerative diseases.
The famous author and screenwriter is very proud that the Clinic helps and offers great care to people with MS, regardless of the stage and type, and at the same time working diligently on finding a good treatment for all of them.
Rowling is more than sure that the team overseeing clinical research “will create a definitive step-change for people with MS and associated conditions.”
Her donated funds will be of great assistance in the construction of facilities relating to the clinic, and also they will be used for additional education of the healthcare workers that will implement ways how to improve the lives of patients suffering from similarly debilitating diseases.
Siddharthan Chandran, a neurologist, and the clinic’s director, said that the generous donation “will unlock the potential of personalized medicine for people with MS in Scotland and further afield.”
In addition to this, the Professor Peter Mathieson, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Edinburgh said that they are honored that Rowling has chosen to support their clinic. Her donation will be a great incentive in creating new generation of researchers that are being focused on discovering and delivering better treatments and therapies for patients. Furthermore, the donated funds will provide researches for the “invisible” MS symptoms, such as cognitive impairment and pain, and also be of great support in advancing the individualized care.