The author of the famous “Harry Potter” books is giving $15.4 million (£10 million) to set up a center to research multiple sclerosis, the disease that killed her mother at the age of 45, it was announced in UK news on Tuesday.
Rowling said that the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, named after her mother, will be based at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It will also study other degenerative neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, the author added.
The creator of the boy wizard Harry Potter said she hopes the clinic will become "a world center for excellence in the field of regenerative neurology."
Rowling has championed research into multiple sclerosis for some time now. In 2006, she gave a major but undisclosed gift to Multiple Sclerosis Society Scotland towards setting up the university's center for multiple sclerosis research.
She had served as the patron of the society, but resigned last year.
The university said Rowling's gift is the largest single donation it has yet received.
Rowling is a longtime resident of the Scottish capital, and began writing the Harry Potter books when she was a cash-strapped single mother in the city. The seven Harry Potter books have sold more than 400 million copies and have been made into a hit movie franchise and a theme park. Forbes magazine has ranked Rowling as one of the richest women in Britain, with an estimated wealth of $1 billion.