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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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News and events

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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.

The good thing about free radicals

The good thing about free radicals

Free radicals have long been associated with tissue damage. A new study shows that they also promote regeneration.

BLOG: Vitamin D and spinal cord injury

BLOG: Vitamin D and spinal cord injury

Vitamin D insufficiency has several negative consequences for spinal cord injured individuals. Vieri Failli, biologist, gives some insights into the topic.

Innovation: Development of soft subdural implants

Innovation: Development of soft subdural implants

After a spinal cord injury, epidural stimulation can restore some movement. A research team in Switzerland is now going one-step further.

The ride of his life

The ride of his life

Fall off your bike and they say you should climb right back on. For Steven Dowd, that proved the greatest challenge imaginable

The right connection

The right connection

In various experiments, scientists have found that descendants of stem cells can make new connections in the injury sites. Now a team from California has discovered a new crucial piece of the puzzle.

Did you know that…

Did you know that…

spinal cord injury patients suffer from bladder problems? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek is quadriplegic and knows why.

20 Actionable Gold Nuggets

20 Actionable Gold Nuggets

A list of 20 points was created in Canada to help family physicians to follow the health of individuals with a spinal cord injury.