Official opening of the Anne Rowling Clinic

9 October 2013

The Anne Rowling Clinic has been officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal.

The Princess Royal, who is Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, was given a tour of the Clinic during which staff and students demonstrated the facilities and described current research projects.

J.K. Rowling, Founder of the Clinic, also attended the event, with members of her family.

I am moved and elated to see the Anne Rowling Clinic formally opened today by HRH The Princess Royal. Having observed the plans for the Clinic develop and expand to fulfil the needs of patients, clinicians and researchers, I am now very proud to see the building finished and operating as the beating heart of this centre for excellence. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in its creation and operation.

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


Prior to the official opening, approximately 150 researchers, staff, patients, supporters, and donors enjoyed a reception and an opportunity to view posters detailing current research at the Clinic.


We are delighted to officially open this Clinic. All patients with these tough diseases need treatments that will slow, stop and ideally reverse damage. The Anne Rowling Clinic will pioneer discovery science and innovative clinical research through strong partnerships with the NHS, academia and industry around the world. Only by better understanding the biological processes behind these devastating diseases can we identify new targets for potential therapies and take them into clinical trials.

Prof Siddharthan Chandran, Co-Director of the Anne Rowling Clinic


Many people were able to stay on to take a tour of the Clinic after the official proceedings. It was heartening for everyone who works at the Clinic to hear the many positive comments from our patients and supporters.

The Clinic’s location at the heart of this campus draws on the University’s world-class strength in neuroscience, stem cell research and regeneration. Because of the Anne Rowling Clinic’s unique capacity for bench-to-bedside research, in time we expect be able to translate laboratory discoveries into real benefits for patients.

Prof Charles ffrench-Constant, Co-Director of the Anne Rowling Clinic


The event has attracted considerable press coverage, for instance in the the BBC, The Scotsman, Daily Mail, Daily Record and The Herald.

Below is a YouTube video clip of STV News coverage of the event.

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