• <span>“The question is not whether effective treatments and cures will be found, but when they will be found.”</span><br>

    “The question is not whether effective treatments and cures will be found, but when they will be found.”

What we do

Support for cutting-edge international research

History

Committed to an ambitious mission

The driving forces behind Wings for Life are the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. In 2003, Kinigadner's son Hannes had a tragic accident which left him tetraplegic.

Moved by the dreadful injury, Kinigadner and Mateschitz invited leading scientists from across the world to come to Salzburg. It soon became clear that, contrary to common opinion, there is legitimate reason to hope that traumatic spinal cord injury can be cured. Ground-breaking discoveries made by Prof. Dr. Sam David in 1981 and by Prof. Dr. Martin Schwab in the early 1990s showed that injured nerve cells in the spinal cord are capable of regeneration after specific types of treatment.

Kinigadner and Mateschitz soon realised that research into spinal cord injury was underfunded. Paralysis is not considered a widespread condition and therefore investing millions in research to help a relatively small number of people was generally considered an unprofitable endeavour.

This realisation prompted Kinigadner and Mateschitz to set up the Wings for Life research foundation – with the goal of finding ways to cure all people affected.

Organisation

One Team. One Mission.

We strongly believe in achieving our goal.

Team

  • Anita Gerhardter

    CEO

    Anita Gerhardter
  • Dr. med. Rosi Lederer

    Scientific Coordinator

    Dr. med. Rosi Lederer
  • Dr. rer. nat. Verena May

    Scientific Coordinator

    Dr. rer. nat. Verena May
  • Dipl. jur. Marco Gröbner

    Head of Marketing

    Dipl. jur. Marco Gröbner
  • Mag. (FH) Peter Luckeneder

    Head of Finance & Legal

    Mag. (FH) Peter Luckeneder
  • Mag. Wolfgang Illek

    Partnerships & Event Manager

    Mag. Wolfgang Illek
  • Stefanie Schwarz, MA

    Communication Specialist

    Stefanie Schwarz, MA
  • Agnes Jeschko

    Team & Event Supporter

    Agnes Jeschko
  • Amy Daugherty

    Chief Executive Officer USA

    Amy Daugherty
  • Elisa Krimbacher, BA

    Associate Director USA

    Elisa Krimbacher, BA
  • Nikki Wilson, BSc

    Head of Wings for Life UK

    Nikki Wilson, BSc
  • Emma Harris, BA

    Interim Head of Wings for Life UK

    Emma Harris, BA
  • Hannah Bostock, BMus

    Partnerships Manager UK

    Hannah Bostock, BMus
  • Anna Lidster-Woolf, BA

    Community & Event Manager UK

    Anna Lidster-Woolf, BA
  • Jane Hsieh, MSc

    Coordinator Clinical Trials

    Jane Hsieh, MSc

Executive Board

  • Anita Gerhardter

    Anita Gerhardter
  • Heinz Kinigadner

    Founder

    Heinz Kinigadner
  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Schwab

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Schwab

Scientific Directors

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Schwab

    Scientific Director

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Schwab
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Curt

    Clinical Director

    Prof. Dr. Armin Curt

Internal Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Ludwig Aigner

    Prof. Dr. Ludwig Aigner
  • Prof. Dr. Hartmut Pelinka

    Prof. Dr. Hartmut Pelinka
  • Prof. Dr. Claudius Thomé


    Prof. Dr. Claudius Thomé


Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Sam David

    Prof. Dr. Sam David
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Sofroniew

    Prof. Dr. Michael Sofroniew
  • Prof. Dr. Zhigang He

    Prof. Dr. Zhigang He
  • Prof. Dr. Stephen Strittmatter

    Prof. Dr. Stephen Strittmatter
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Lassmann

    Prof. Dr. Hans Lassmann
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Van Kerrebroeck

    Prof. Dr. Philip Van Kerrebroeck
  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Maas

    Prof. Dr. Andrew Maas

Advisory Council

  • Dkfm. Dietrich Mateschitz

    Founder

    Dkfm. Dietrich Mateschitz
  • Franz Rauch

    Franz Rauch
  • Prof. Dr. Herbert Resch

    Prof. Dr. Herbert Resch
  • Dr. Wolfgang Erhart

    Dr. Wolfgang Erhart
  • DI. Stefan Pierer

    DI. Stefan Pierer

Trustees UK

  • Anita Gerhardter

    Anita Gerhardter
  • Andy Shaw

    Chairman

    Andy Shaw
  • Dominik Mitsch

    Dominik Mitsch
  • David Hornby

    David Hornby
  • Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart
  • Seth Marthinson

    Seth Marthinson