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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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Unlocking the power of astrocytes

Unlocking the power of astrocytes

Researchers in the US found that astrocytes can help repair a spinal cord injury. Now there is new knowledge about a regulating factor.

Bypassing spinal cord injury

Bypassing spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury destroys the connections between the brain and the spinal cord. Swiss scientists might have found a way to restore a bypass of the injury and restore some functions.

Some of the best Snapshots

Some of the best Snapshots

This year´s Wings for Life World Run was full of overwhelming and awesome moments. Here are just a few of our favorites.

934,484 km closer to a cure

934,484 km closer to a cure

Over 100,000 registered runners and wheelchair participants. More than 200 locations across 66 countries. 934,484 km globally. All for spinal cord research.

Watch the Wings for Life World Run LIVE

Watch the Wings for Life World Run LIVE

You cannot make it on May 6 but want to see the whole world running? No problem.

101 clever minds in Salzburg

101 clever minds in Salzburg

Wings for Life held its annual Scientific Meeting in Austria at the end of April. Here is a brief insight into some important developments.

Yes. No. Maybe?

Yes. No. Maybe?

Have you decided whether you will join us at the Wings for Life World Run on May 6th? Here are some good reasons why you should.

Immune paralysis

Immune paralysis

Patients are more prone to infections and their functional recovery is impaired. Scientists have now discovered the cause of this immunodeficiency.

The Sherlock Holmes of Science

The Sherlock Holmes of Science

Michael Sofroniew is a master of observation and deduction, he always asks questions and gets to the bottom of things. We interviewed a really likeable and intelligent man...

The Summer School is back

The Summer School is back

This years spinal cord injury and neurotrauma summer school will take place between 1st and 6th July in Glagow, Scotland. Find all details here.

Predicting recovery – Importance for trials

Predicting recovery – Importance for trials

Prognosis after spinal cord injuries are very variable. Scientists develop a new possibility to predict the future recovery of patients.

Understanding scarring

Understanding scarring

After a spinal injury, a scar forms. Researchers now found that functional recovery can be promoted by inhibiting the formation of connective tissue.