2006: Taking center stage


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As Wings for Life turns 10, we take a look back at what has happened over the years. Today our retrospective takes us to the Year 2006.

7 new research projects
... were funded.

One of them
…was a project from Canada. It addressed the question if a combinatorial approach using four treatments results in an even better outcome. Yet, first results couldn't show the desired additive effect. As often, the devil is in the details. Instead of assuming "the more, the better" one now has to consider redundant or neutralizing mechanisms of action.

2 publications
… appeared in print with Wings for Life acknowledgement.

A scientific advisory board
... was set-up to help Wings for Life to reach its goal even quicker. To date, the scientific advisory board provides assistance and guidance on strategic decisions and selection of the right research projects. The first members were Sam David (pioneer of modern spinal cord research), Ulrich Dirnagl, Zhigang He and Stephen Strittmatter.  


We became a member
... of the ICCP (International campaign for cures of spinal cord injury paralysis), an umbrella organization of the ten largest spinal cord research charities worldwide.

A special edition
... of the medical journal Nature Review Neuroscience was initiated and sponsored by Wings for Life. It’s topic: Nerve regeneration. Prominent scientists from around the world were invited to contribute a review. The idea was to create a landmark including the latest research results in one edition.  

The next milestone
... in science was reached. John Donogue published in Nature that a Quadriplegic is able to control prosthetic devices via his thoughts.

A 50.000 Euro donation
... was made by the “Club of Masters” golf tournament. Wohoo.

Read also: What happened in 2004, 2005.