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, Rowling’s mother, Anne, succumbed to MS at the age of 45. This personal experience and 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 author’s biggest donation to date and 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 and 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 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.
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 innovative, and more likely to unravel the mysteries of MS than any other project she had been asked to fund.