Frequently Asked Questions

I have difficulty reading this website. Can I make the text bigger or have it read to me?

We are committed to continually improving the accessibility of this website.

The simplest way to alter the text size on any website is to hold down the CTRL button while you scroll with the wheel on your mouse or use the + or - keys.

For more information, and the option to have this website read aloud to you via BrowseAloud, please see our Accessibility statement.

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Which diseases are the focus of your research?

Our research focuses on multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's disease and dementias. We also have a research interest in related neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease and stroke.

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How do I make an appointment at the Clinic?

Our regular out-patient clinics are for patients from South-East Scotland. Our research projects and clinical trials may recruit patients from a wider geographical area.

To visit the clinic you must first be referred by your NHS GP or neurologist. Once you have been referred, to make or change appointments please Contact Us.

Please note that if you are already being seen by one of the Anne Rowling Clinic staff, you do not need to be referred again.

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I am a GP. How do I refer my patient to the Anne Rowling Clinic?

If your patient is already under the care of one of the Anne Rowling Clinic staff, there is no need to provide another referral.
If your patient has not been seen by one of our team members in the last year and would like to be seen at the Anne Rowling Clinic, please provide a referral in the usual manner. There is no special procedure required for referral to this Clinic.

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Can I speak to a neurologist about my symptoms without making an appointment?

No. To see or speak to a neurologist from the Clinic you must first be referred by your NHS GP or neurologist.

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Do you treat patients from outside South-East Scotland or even from abroad?

Our regular out-patient clinics are primarily for patients from South-East Scotland. Occasionally we might see patients who have been referred from outside this geographical area if they require specialist treatment or possess particular clinical characteristics needed for one of our research projects or clinical trials. If you think this might apply to you, please discuss it with your GP or neurologist.

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Do you take private patients?

No, the Anne Rowling Clinic is a University research facility in partnership with the NHS.

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Do patients of the Clinic have to take part in research?

No, participation in any research project is entirely voluntary. If you tell us that you are interested in any research project, you will be provided with detailed information, and then asked to sign an informed consent form if you wish to go ahead. Even if you have already signed this form, you can withdraw at any time.

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How can I enrol in a clinical trial?

Clinical trials for which we are currently recruiting are listed on our clinical trials page. Please contact the appropriate coordinator directly. It is a good idea to let your neurologist know that you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, although please note that we do not keep a waiting list for future trials.

You can find details of our own and other clinical trials on the website.

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Do you keep a waiting list for future clinical trials?

No, we don't keep a list of potential clinical trials volunteers. As we don't know what trials we will offer in the future, or who might be eligible, keeping such a list is not realistic. However, if you are interested in participating in a future trial, please tell you neurologist that you are happy to be contacted. Please subscribe to our RSS feed and/or and/or sign-up to receive e-newsletters to receive updates on new trials.

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Where is the Anne Rowling Clinic, and how do I get there?

The Anne Rowling Clinic is located on the site of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Little France, Edinburgh, Scotland. Please see the location information on the Contact page for maps and details about public transport and parking.

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Is parking readily available at the Anne Rowling Clinic?

Unfortunately, parking at the Anne Rowling Clinic is very limited. The Clinic does not have a designated car park. There is a turning circle in front of the main hospital entrance for drop-off, and pay parking is available adjacent to the Clinic.
Charges are similar to other commercial car parks. A very limited number of disabled parking spaces is available. Unfortunately a space cannot be guaranteed even for blue badge holders. We advise travelling by public transport if possible.

For details and maps, please see our location page and download our Travel Guide and Map.pdf

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Will I see the same person every time I attend the clinic?

A core team of clinicians, specialist nurses and allied health professionals staffs the Anne Rowling Clinic. Their profiles can be viewed on our Staff page. You are likely to see the same specialists each time you visit. Occasionally, due to holiday cover or unforeseen circumstances, staff may be obliged to cover for one another. 

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Can I bring my children to my appointment?

Yes. A dedicated area within the waiting room is equipped with a small table and chairs and a games console that is suitable for children aged 3-10. Colouring supplies can be requested from the reception desk. Nappy-changing and bottle-warming facilities are available. 

Please note that our staff are not able to look after your children during your appointment.

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Where do I find out about employment opportunities in the Clinic?

All vacancies are listed on the University of Edinburgh jobs or NHS Lothian vacancies websites. Please search with the key words "Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic".

We welcome speculative enquiries from potential clinical trainees. For more information about our training programme, please see the Rowling Scholars scheme page.

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Can I come to do a work placement or volunteer at the Anne Rowling Clinic?

At this time we do not have any scheme to fund or support work placements at the Anne Rowling Clinic. If you would like to undertake a work placement in a research lab, you first need to find a supervisor who can support your visit and sponsor you financially. Please refer to the list of people on our staff page and contact the person or people whose research interests are most closely aligned to your own. Please bear in mind that our researchers receive many such requests and cannot accommodate them all. In many cases it would help if you have identified potential sources of funding.

We can occasionally accommodate volunteers or high-school students on short work experience visits. Please contact

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Why do you seek to fundraise if the treatments are provided by the NHS?

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

Even though our patient consultations and treatments are funded by the NHS, our programme of clinical research and postgraduate training, which underpins the Clinic's activity, is privately funded.

We seek financial support through fundraising events and donations, to maintain and increase our research capacity. All support is welcome, no matter how small. Please see our Make a Donation and Fundraise For Us pages, or refer to the Development and Alumni contact information on our Contact page.

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What is Regenerative Neurology?

Neurological diseases are those that affect the brain, spinal cord and nerves throughout the body. They usually lead to problems moving, speaking, breathing, swallowing or learning. They can also affect your memory, senses and mood.

In neurodegenerative diseases, the symptoms arise because the nerve cells, called neurons, die. The processes that ultimately lead to the death of neurons are many and complex, and are not yet fully understood.

The aim of Regenerative Neurology is to encourage regeneration of the damaged nervous system to restore function. Please see our Research Strategy for more information.


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What are stem cells?

Stem cells form a reservoir of cells in the body, replenishing stocks of specialised cells that have been damaged or used up. They are unique in their ability to make copies of themselves as well as other more specialised cell types. Scientists are now exploiting the potential of stem cells to model diseases 'in a dish'. In the future, stem cells may be able to regenerate cells, including neurons, that have been lost or damaged because of disease.

There is a wealth of detailed but accessible information on stem cells and their use on the EuroStemCell information pages at

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Can I contact J.K. Rowling?

No. We are unable to provide contact details for Ms Rowling. You can find out more about her support at

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