• <span>The Wings for Life World Run 2016</span><br>

    The Wings for Life World Run 2016


    On May 8 the whole world is running for those who can´t.

  • <span>“I was scared stiff”</span><br>

    “I was scared stiff”


    Heinz and Hannes Kinigadner remember the worst day in their lives and talk about their common hope.

  • <span>Under Pressure</span><br>

    Under Pressure


    Two researchers are working on new monitoring techniques for the ICU.

  • <span>“I used to feel so free”</span><br>

    “I used to feel so free”


    Yoshij Grimm opens up about his serious accident and how it changed his life.

  • <span>"I am always busy doing research"</span><br>

    "I am always busy doing research"


    For 22 years, Prof Armin Curt’s mission has been to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Our mission

Spinal Cord Injury must become curable

Wings for Life is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Our mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. We fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.  

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Progress in spinal cord research is largely driven by private funding. Wings for Life is dependent on donations from individuals and companies. 100% of all donations are used for research purposes because all administrative costs are kindly covered by the Red Bull Company.

News and events

Keeping up to date

Scientific Meetings March/April

Scientific Meetings March/April

Researchers exchange their knowledge on congresses, symposia, and meetings. Here is the scientific event calendar for March/April 2016.

Scientists Come Together

Scientists Come Together

Wings for Life hosts an annual Scientific Meeting where 75 specialists from the spinal cord injury field are invited to discuss advancements and progress in their research. Here is a review of 2016’s meeting.

Swapping Test Tubes for Trainers

Swapping Test Tubes for Trainers

The Wings for Life research community will line up at the start of the Wings for Life World Run in Cambridge. Dr Jessica Kwok takes part in the race for the third year in a row.

Family life in a wheelchair

Family life in a wheelchair

When Annette gave birth to her second daughter in 1999 an epidural gone wrong and left her paralyzed. Now she´s a proud mother of five and talks about her everyday life, despair and science.

Successful control of muscle activation

Successful control of muscle activation

A successful control of muscle activation by an electronic neural bypass makes hope for the future.

“Please. Please No Spinal Cord Injury…”

“Please. Please No Spinal Cord Injury…”

It’s been three years since Patrik injured his spinal cord in an accident. The Austrian takes us back to the most difficult time of his life and tells us about his hope for a cure.

Astrocytes - Good Guys or Bad Guys?

Astrocytes - Good Guys or Bad Guys?

A new study, published in Nature by Michael Sofroniew’s lab, suggests a beneficial role of the scar forming astrcoytes for regrowth and injury repair and could ultimately lead to new repair strategies for spinal cord injury.

“I was scared stiff”

“I was scared stiff”

Heinz Kinigadner and his son Hannes remember the worst day in their lives. A conversation with two different perspectives, but a common hope.

Information system for Spinal Cord Injury Research

Information system for Spinal Cord Injury Research

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds an information system about spinal cord injuries.

Neuroegulin-1 enables spinal cord repair

Neuroegulin-1 enables spinal cord repair

Researchers from England have identified a molecular signal, known as ‘neuregulin-1’, which drives and enables the spinal cord’s natural capacity for repair after injury.

The Secret to a Successful Fundraising Campaign

The Secret to a Successful Fundraising Campaign

Here are some great examples of campaigns from the Wings for Life World Run Fundraising platform.

Stoke Mandeville, United Kingdom

Keith Jansz Exhibition