The Anne Rowling Clinic was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal on Tuesday 8th October 2013.
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.
In a statement, she said “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.”
The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is a hub for clinical research and trials into neurodegenerative diseases including MND. It works in close cooperation with the Euan MacDonald Centre.
Clinic co-Director Siddharthan Chandran, who is also Director of the Euan MacDonald Centre, said “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.”