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Harry Potter author helps MS sufferers

24th April 2006

JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, is helping to set up a multiple sclerosis (MS) research centre.

The writer, whose mother died of the disease, is believed to have donated a significant sum towards the £2.5 million project at Edinburgh University Medical School's Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

Ms Rowling is the patron of the Multiple Sclerosis Society Of Scotland and hopes the new centre will make significant strides towards finding a cure for the illness.

"It means a great deal to me to be able to provide support for this much-needed research centre," she said.

"It is an extremely exciting step forward in the ongoing battle to try to unlock the mysteries of MS and which will hopefully, one day, lead to a cure."

The centre will investigate ways to repair damage to the nervous system and hopes to bring scientists in to closer contact with patients; narrowing the gap between scientific discoveries and actual treatment.

Scotland has the highest rate of MS in the world, with around 10,400 sufferers.