2008: New discoveries


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As Wings for Life turns 10, we take a look back at what has happened over the years. Today our retrospective takes us to the Year 2008.

A sensational discovery
... was made by Zhigang He who published his work in the Science journal. He achieved unprecedented nerve regeneration by blocking the enzyme PTEN. In the following years, “PTEN” was combined with other treatment approaches to further improve the functional recovery.

David Coulthard
... dedicated his last Formula 1 race at the Brazilian Grand Prix to Wings for Life. Unfortunately, his race ended early due to collision in turn two and so did our “dream” of attracting a global audience ;)


 
Dr. Lisa Schnell
... from the ETH Zürich received the first Wings for Life lifetime achievement award. She was awarded for contributing to the knowledge of molecular mechanism after a spinal cord injury, in particular for discovering the anti-proliferative effect of Nogo A and developing a Nogo A antibody together with Martin Schwab. This antibody was tested already in a clinical study phase I (Novartis).



25 research projects
... were funded so far.

Our first symposium
... with Wings for Life funded scientists took place in Salzburg. To this day, we organize this symposium every year to ensure that scientists exchange their knowledge and none of the research needs to be done twice.  


 
33 specialists
... in spinal cord research followed our invitation to a second symposium in Salzburg a little later that year. The topic of this symposium was “Functional recovery after spinal cord injury”.

Our team
... grew constantly. Anita Gerhardter became the foundation’s new CEO.



12 publications
… were released.

In Spain
... Wings for Life was registered as a charity.



Read also about 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.