Time Capsule installed in the Clinic

8 May 2013

time capsuleA time capsule and explanatory plaque have been installed at the entrance to the Anne Rowling Clinic.

The capsule contains accounts from patients living with neurodegenerative disease, as well as contributions from clinicians on current treatments and their hopes for the future.

The display case was designed by Mark Kobine, who is currently the Designer in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art. The design of the display was inspired by cellular regeneration and the uplifting hope that the Clinic offers its users.

See more of Mark's work, and more pictures of the time capsule, at www.kobine.net

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The text on the plaque reads:

Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic Time Capsule

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic time capsule was dedicated by J.K. Rowling at a ground-breaking ceremony on 7 November 2011.


The time capsule contains letters from patients with neurodegenerative disease and from researchers about their hopes for the Clinic.


The enclosure was designed by Mark Kobine, an Edinburgh-based designer. The brass leaves feature quotes from the letters inside the capsule:


“To me this centre not only brings hope and inspiration but I also feel secure in the knowledge that it will be managed by a team of experts who are passionate about discovering and developing new treatments which will ultimately benefit patients with all types of neurological diseases.”

Narrabeen, person with MND


“Just as with smallpox and polio, which are now just dim memories in the West, I hope that MS will become a forgotten illness ...”

Breck Stewart, person with MS


“I know that the clinic will make a difference. I don’t know if it will be large or small, short- or long-term, related to MS or another condition. The fact that it will make a difference is really what matters ...”

Elizabeth Vokurka, person with MS


“Neurological diseases will always be complicated, and we are under no illusions about the scale of the task that lies ahead. We are very aware that this letter will sit inside a time capsule alongside the stories of patients who are facing real, daily struggles with diseases like MS and MND. In fifty years’ time however, we believe that a diagnosis of neurodegenerative disease will no longer be a life (and death) sentence.”

Professor Siddharthan Chandran and Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, Clinic Directors

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