Fast facts / journalists’ guide to the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic

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About neurodegenerative diseases 

  • Neurodegenerative disease is an umbrella term that covers a range of conditions that primarily affect cells in the nervous system called neurons.
  • Neurons are essential for the proper function of the brain and nervous system. These cells normally can’t reproduce or replace themselves, so when they become damaged or die, patients can develop a wide range of symptoms including problems with moving, sensation, breathing, speaking, swallowing, learning and memory
  • Neurodegenerative 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 and related conditions and dementias.
  • More than 20 million people worldwide are diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease each year.
  • At present, all of these disorders are progressive and incurable. There is a great unmet need for research that will lead to new therapies.
  • We aim to tackle that need through Regenerative Neurology - the discovery of treatments that will slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases.

About the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic focuses on patient-based clinical research, targeting the discovery of treatments that will slow progression of neurodegenerative diseases, with the ultimate ambition of repairing damage.

  •  Work at the Clinic seeks to provide insight into conditions such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and related neurodegenerative conditions.
  • The Clinic was established in 2010 after a £10M donation from the Edinburgh-based author J.K. Rowling, famous for her Harry Potter novels.
  • The clinic is named in memory of J.K. Rowling’s mother, who died from multiple sclerosis at the age of 45.
  • It is directed by Siddharthan Chandran, Professor and Head of Neurology, and Charles ffrench-Constant, Professor of Medical Neurology and Director of the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine.
  • The Clinic is a purpose-built facility on the site of the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, alongside the University of Edinburgh’s medical school.

Contact us

For more information, please get in touch.


Address: University of Edinburgh,
Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic
Chancellor's Building, Edinburgh, EH16 4SB

Phone: +44(0)131 465-9500