How to support us

Photograph of researchers taking part in the #wildmiles campaign

#wildmiles campaign for autism

with Patrick Wild Centre members


Photograph of researchers celebrating completing marathon run

Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis team

Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre Researchers


Photograph of researcher taking part in #MND Awareness campaign

#MND Awareness campaign

with Dr Chris Henstridge

We have many large neuroscience disease-related projects currently undertaking cutting edge research at The University of Edinburgh. You can now make donations directly to some of these projects should you wish to support them.  If you would like to organise a fundraising event for the University of Edinburgh, please contact the University of Edinburgh Individual Giving Officer: Kerry Mackay, 0131 650 9221 

Ageing, Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia 

The Disconnected Mind is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the lives of older people by unlocking the causes of age-related mental decline. By making a donation you will help fund research with the Lothian Birth Cohorts of 1921 and 1936 that could lead to the discovery of better treatments for the prevention of conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Help the Aged are fundraising for this project.
Donate to the Disconnected Mind

The Centre for Dementia Prevention brings together clinical, basic science and social science expertise to understand and reduce risk associated with dementia. The Clinical Science domain in the centre run studies that aim to identify risk factors that may lead to the development of dementia. Your donation would go towards study costs.
Donate to the Centre for Dementia prevention


Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities

Fragile X Syndrome is the most common inherited cause of childhood cognitive impairment and is also the leading genetic cause of autism. The Patrick Wild Centre for Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities is an exciting venture that brings together clinical research and new approaches to laboratory-based research to unlock some of the underlying causes of childhood cognitive impairment. The aim is to improve diagnosis of these diseases and, critically, point the way to new curative techniques and therapies for patients and their families. We are committed to raising approximately £1,000,000 over 5 years to establish the first UK Centre for Research into Childhood Cognitive Impairment and fund vital research which will develop therapeutic interventions for a wide range of cognitive impairments in both children and adults.
Donate to Autism and Fragile X

Depression and Resilience

Depression is the leading cause of global disability yet we remain unaware of its causes, and anti-depression treatments don't work as well as we would like. Our aim is to develop novel and more effective treatments for depression and we will group similar individuals with a common cause of illness. We will also study why some people remain unaffected by depression, despite major negative life events. We aim to bolster people's own defences by understanding their 'resilience' mechanisms.


The Muir Maxwell Charitable Trust have commited to raise £1 million to found The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, a multidisciplinary research centre “without walls" at the University of Edinburgh. Our mission is to investigate the causes and consequences of epilepsy and to develop the very best treatments for those children and families affected by the condition by fostering collaborations between world-class basic scientists and clinical researchers at the University and beyond. We are committed to translating discoveries into patient care and have an ethos of “neurons to neighbourhoods”.
Donate to Epilepsy

Motor Neurone Disease

The Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research was established in 2007 following a substantial donation by Donald MacDonald, a leading Scottish businessman, and his son Euan MacDonald, who was diagnosed with MND in 2003. It is a "centre without walls" of 30 researchers across Scotland that seeks to improve the lives of patients living with MND through fundamental discovery research as well as a growing portfolio of patient-centred research projects.
Donate to Motor Neurone Disease

Multiple Sclerosis and Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic is a charitable University of Edinburgh clinical research facility focusing on a wide range of neurological conditions, especially neurodegenerative diseases. It was founded by author J.K. Rowling and is named in memory of her mother, who died of complications related to multiple sclerosis aged 45. The Clinic provides a welcoming and supportive environment for people attending NHS clinics, and acts as a hub for patient-focused clinical research and clinical trials.
Donate to MS


The deadliest type of stroke is caused by spontaneous bleeding from blood vessels into the brain, known as intracerebral haemorrhage, or brain haemorrhage. The Research to Understand Stroke due to Haemorrhage (RUSH) programme is dedicated to better understanding the causes and outcome of brain haemorrhage in adults, in order to improve outcome. The RUSH team collaborates widely with other researchers in the field as part of a worldwide effort to find a specific treatment for brain haemorrhage.
Donate to RUSH (single donation)