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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.

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Scientific Meetings 2017

Scientific Meetings 2017

Researchers exchange their knowledge on congresses, symposia, and meetings. Here is the scientific event calendar for 2017.

“The Smallest Improvement is a Success”

“The Smallest Improvement is a Success”

Physiotherapist Richard Altenberger has been treating patients with spinal cord injuries for almost 40 years and accompanies them through their toughest moments. The interview.

Christmas was something really special for me ...

Christmas was something really special for me ...

A letter from Hannes Kinigadner.

Christmas fundraising and awareness raising ideas

Christmas fundraising and awareness raising ideas

Make the most out of the Christmas season and raise funds for Wings for Life. Here are some inspirations.

November Finds

November Finds

The touching story of an Australian two-time world champion BMX rider or an awesome video of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. We’ve come across a range of topics to share with you this month.

Breathtaking Study

Breathtaking Study

At an American university, patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries are treated with targeted doses of reduced oxygen. This treatment allows them to increase their mobility.

Running in the Dark 2016

Running in the Dark 2016

As darkness fell on the evening of 16th November a global community of people came together in 50 cities worldwide to help support The Mark Pollock Trust in their mission to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Battersea Park, London, UK

Run in the Dark 2016

Healing protein at spinal cord injured zebrafish

Healing protein at spinal cord injured zebrafish

Mammals cannot regenerate their complex nervous tissue but small, tropical zebrafish can repair a severed spine in eight weeks. Researchers found a special growth protein responsible for this healing and repair.

Either Stepping or Standing

Either Stepping or Standing

A recent publication showed that step training right afterwards stand training had a counterproductive effect and erased the progress made with the stand training before.

Waste management promotes regeneration

Waste management promotes regeneration

A very surprising finding uncovers a new way to promote functional recovery. Autophagy, the natural self-destruction of cells, seems to stabilize their “inner skeleton” and successfully promote regeneration.

Driven by curiosity, inspired by creativity

Driven by curiosity, inspired by creativity

Stefano Pluchino’s research team at the University of Cambridge are using Packaging RNA (pRNA) nanostructures to try and reduce the negative effects of a protein called Lipocalin 2 (LCN2).