About the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is a charitable University of Edinburgh research facility focusing on a wide range of neurological conditions, especially neurodegenerative diseases.

Neurological diseases represent one of the major public health threats in the industrialised world. These diseases include multiple sclerosis (MS), motor neurone disease (MND or ALS), Parkinson’s disease (PD) and movement disorders, cognitive disorders and dementias, brain haemorrhage after stroke, Huntington's disease (HD) and fragile X syndrome.

Artist's impression of the Anne Rowling Clinic

We aim to improve patients' lives through research: translating laboratory findings into clinical trials and ultimately, new therapies.

In the welcoming environment of the Anne Rowling Clinic, we provide out-patient care for people with a neurological condition who have been referred by their GP or neurologist. All clinical activity is undertaken in partnership with the UK's National Health Service (NHS). Importantly, patients of the Anne Rowling Clinic have first-hand access to research projects and clinical trials, should they wish to participate.

Behind the patient–clinician interface, laboratory-based and clinical research underpins the activities of the Anne Rowling Clinic. The research targets the discovery of treatments that will slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases. The ultimate goal is to repair the damage—so-called Regenerative Neurology.

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.

J.K. Rowling, Author and Founder of the Anne Rowling Clinic

The Clinic is a purpose-built facility on the site of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, alongside the University’s medical school and the world-class research environments of the Centre for Neuroregeneration, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease ResearchCentre for Neuroregeneration and Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research.

All these Centres are part of the University’s College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, which is internationally renowned as being exceptionally strong in research.