• <span>Keeping up to date </span><br>

    Keeping up to date


    News about science, fundraising and events

  • <span>“The accident changed everything”</span><br>

    “The accident changed everything”


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

  • <span>Your Donations at Work </span><br>

    Your Donations at Work


    Every year we fund research projects all over the world.

  • <span>Under Pressure</span><br>

    Under Pressure


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

  • <span>“I didn´t stand a chance”</span><br>

    “I didn´t stand a chance”


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

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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

Old drugs learn new tricks

Old drugs learn new tricks

Ibuprofen is a drug used for treating pain, fever, and inflammation. A clinical trial will test if it also has the ability to promote recovery after a spinal cord injury.

Did you know that ...

Did you know that ...

a pressure ulcer can be life-threatening? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek is quadriplegic and knows why.

Scientific Meetings September/October

Scientific Meetings September/October

Researchers exchange their knowledge on congresses, symposia, and meetings. Here is the scientific event calendar for September - October 2016.

“It has changed me”

“It has changed me”

Tina Pesendorfer made a fatal, impulsive decision while she was in panic which resulted in an injury to her spinal cord. Nine years after her accident, she talks about her life.

Astrocytes - The Star Cells

Astrocytes - The Star Cells

Astrocytes were long believed to play only a supporting role to the electrically active neurons. In the last few years, however, a different picture started emerging.

Molecular Balancing Act

Molecular Balancing Act

A Spanish scientist manipulates the body’s own immune response to protect the tissue from damage and improve function after spinal cord injury.

Volvo Car Austria donates 13,000 Euros

Volvo Car Austria donates 13,000 Euros

Volvo developed a reflective safety spray for bikers and pedestrians and donated the proceeds.

Morphine could make pain last longer

Morphine could make pain last longer

A study showed that morphine, a compound widely used to control pain might paradoxically generate more pain.

International Neurotrauma Summer School

International Neurotrauma Summer School

For the third time, students deepened their knowledge about SCI in a one-week International Neurotrauma Summer School. A short review.

“My biggest challenge ever”

“My biggest challenge ever”

Josh Smith was a graduate really going places. He was successful and sporty until the one day in August 2014. Here´s his story.

The Clay Day

The Clay Day

Our very first clay pigeon shooting day welcoming guests from the formula one community, raising over £80,000 for research.