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Date:8/31/2010

the University has received.

Clinical academics will work closely with a critical mass of researchers studying neurodegenerative disorders already based at the University.

This will include expertise from the Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research, the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, the Centre for Neuroregeneration, Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neuron Disease Research and Division of Clinical Sciences.

There will also be a major emphasis on training the next generation of researchers.

Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh, said: "This exceptionally generous donation will provide great help in the worldwide effort to improve treatments for multiple sclerosis. Work at the clinic will build on the already existing important research strengths in neurodegenerative disorders at the University, which benefit very considerably from our close partnership with NHS Lothian."

Multiple sclerosis affects around 100,000 people in the UK. Scotland has one of the highest rates of multiple sclerosis in the world, with some 10,500 people with the condition.

While there is some evidence to suggest that multiple sclerosis is caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors the exact cause of the disease is not fully understood.

Professor Charles ffrench-Constant, co- director of the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Multiple Sclerosis Research and Director-elect the MRC Centre of Regenerative Medicine, said: "We can only find improved treatments if we can truly understand diseases and the biological processes behind them. The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic will enable us to carry out studies that can inform laboratory research and, in turn, this knowledge can be translated back into treatments for patients."

Multiple sclerosis causes myelin a protective layer surrounding nerve cells in the brain to break down. This then leads to the nerve
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Contact: Tara Womersley
tara.womersley@ed.ac.uk
01-316-509-836
University of Edinburgh
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