J.K. Rowling Fighting Multiple Sclerosis Her Way

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A multiple sclerosis (MS) research clinic has been opened by Harry Potter writer J.K. Rowling and is named in honor of her late mother, whom she lost to MS. It has been established in Edinburgh Scotland.  Rowling is fighting Multiple Sclerosis her way.

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is located at the University of Edinburgh.

Research at the clinic will concentrate on looking for treatments on how to slow the advancement of MS, along with gaining more knowledge about other neural disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and also various motor neuron illnesses.

Rowling’s mother passed away at the age of 45 from MS. She was at the official inauguration of the center on Tuesday but she did not give any sort of speech. The author did give a statement to the press where she exclaimed she was elated to see the clinic formally open. She stated she had watched the clinic from the planning stages to being fully built and now ready to open and how proud she was of it, and to see her mother’s name on it.

When Rowling announced she wanted to open the clinic over three years ago, the writer said she believed it would become known world-wide for its knowledge and superiority in its field. Back in 2010 she stated that she had supported study into MS research cause and treatment for many years, but when she first received the suggestion for this clinic, she realized that she had discovered a mission that was more moving, more advanced, more likely to possibly find out the mysteries of MS than any of the other projects she had been reading about.

The facility has been placed inside the university’s Chancellor’s Building, right beside next to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Rowling toured the clinic before she met various staff members and students, then the center had its grand opening.

Speaking at the clinic’s opening, university professor Sir Timothy O’Shea explained that from the beginning of the health center to now, the entire process had moved forward in an amazing way. He said they all owed a great debt to J.K. Rowling, and thanked her for the act of philanthropy she had provided to get the clinic going in the first place.

Rowling was also thanked by other individuals of the university. A professor of Medical Research, Charles Constant, stated that the health center would draw on the university’s world known power and strength in stem cell research, regeneration of nerve cells, and neuroscience to fight against MS and other diseases.

Multiple sclerosis affects people all around the entire world. MS causes myelin, the protective layer surrounding the nerve cells in the brain, to break down, which leads to symptoms such as numbness in the hands and feet, fatigue, muscle weakness, and all-over tiredness. There are many other symptoms that vary from person to person and women are more likely to come down with it than are men.

The exact cause of the disease has not been fully understood, although it is believed that genetics and environmental factors might play a role in the illness. Now that J.K. Rowling has established the Multiple Sclerosis clinic  and is fighting MS her way, more factors might be found in the diagnosis of the disease.


Written by: Kimberly Ruble

Chicago Tribune


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10 Responses to "J.K. Rowling Fighting Multiple Sclerosis Her Way"

  1. Dee   August 9, 2014 at 3:47 am

    I like jk rowling :)


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