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JK'S CASH FOR LAB WIZARDS; Writer backs medical research EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: TOBY MCDONALD

JK ROWLING is to give away more of her pounds 500million fortune to fund a new generation of doctors and scientists.

The Harry Potter author has laid legal claim to the name Rowling so she can set up award schemes for medical research. This week, she applied to register the name with the Intellectual Property Office.

The application said they covered the provision of "scholarships, grants and bursaries" along with the "organization of competitions and awards".

JK, 45, has already given at least a tenth of her earnings to charity since she began writing her bestsellers. Last year, she donated pounds 10million to a new centre for regenerative medicine at Edinburgh University, the Anne Rowling Centre, which has been named after her mother Anne, who died of multiple sclerosis.

Yesterday, her spokesman said: "We are not in a position yet to talk about it, because it is in the development stage.

"When it is officially set up, that it is when we can talk about it and announce it."

But a source at Edinburgh University said: "It is being kept under wraps but the idea is to attract bright young scientists and young doctors to the facility which would become a centre of international excellence."

Anne Rowling suffered from MS before her death in 1990 at the age of 45.

JK was patron of MS Society Scotland, helping setting up the centre at Edinburgh University with a donation in 2006.

Neil Blair, a partner at her agent's Christopher Little, said: "Both these trademark registrations are a routine progression in the establishment of and protection for the Anne Rowling Centre."

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