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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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In Motion: Zurich Move

In Motion: Zurich Move

Measuring the activity of movements in spinal cord injured patients is challenging. Thus, scientists developed a device to tailor the daily rehabilitation training individually to patients.

Predicting recovery – An Update

Predicting recovery – An Update

Scientists at the Balgrist University Hospital provide new methods to predict future recovery of patients.

What a Clay Day!

What a Clay Day!

Friends, Partner and Ambassadors of Wings for Life celebrated an incredible day in the sun, whilst raising £105,000 for spinal cord research. Here is our review.

Novel gene therapy

Novel gene therapy

With a new gene therapy approach, the formation of an enzyme has a very positive effect. It will break down scar tissue and improve the regeneration of nerves.

A Special Wanderlust

A Special Wanderlust

Verena and Nadine decided to bring the fundraiser "Hike for those who can't" to life. Learn more about the great campaign here.

The Importance of Training Young Scientists

The Importance of Training Young Scientists

Every second year Wings for Life and Spinal Research jointly organize a “Spinal Cord Injury and Neurotrauma Summer School” to train the scientists of tomorrow. Find more insights here.

Stand Up Paddle Challenge

Stand Up Paddle Challenge

David Grubinger wanted to explore the beautiful lakes in his home region. At first, just for himself, but later he did it with a purpose for others. Find out more.

We fund 67 Research Projects

We fund 67 Research Projects

After an elaborate selection process, all contracts have been signed and we are proud to be supporting so many new projects and clinical trials.

Schwab’s Life’s Work

Schwab’s Life’s Work

Due to Martin Schwabs discovery, science now understands why injured nerves within the spinal cord don’t re-grow. We sat down for a chat with the 69-year-old researcher

Fancy a spot of fundraising?

Fancy a spot of fundraising?

Here are 20 simple ideas on how to collect donations to support spinal cord research.

Spinal cord injured after sleep-walking

Spinal cord injured after sleep-walking

It sounds unbelievable but Brazilian Gisele Nogueira was asleep when she had a terrible accident. Read more about the 35 years old in our interview.

The Labyrinth of Science

The Labyrinth of Science

The path to finding a cure for spinal cord injuries is not straight, but winding and abounding with deviations. But what are the biggest hurdles on this path, and how can science overcome them?