2011: Aiming high


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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 2011.

The first clinical trial
... for chronic patients that intended to achieve optimal functional recovery through the use of human neuronal stem cells took place in the University Clinic Balgrist. The clinical trial was conducted under the direction of Prof. Dr. Armin Curt, member of our scientific advisory board. The aim was to promote functional recovery after a chronic spinal injury.



The next milestone
... was published in the Journal Lancet. Susan Harkema from the Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center conducted clinical trials with completely chronically paralyzed patients. By means of epidural stimulation of the spinal cord at the level of the lumbar vertebrae the patient could arbitrarily move his muscles, stand and with some support even take a few steps. The project has made further progress in the meantime and will be expanded into a clinical study with chronic injured patients in the USA in 2014.  



The first “Gipfeltreffen”
... Charity Dinner took place in the Zillertal at an altitude of 2,350 meters and was a real success. Thanks to the incredible support from our honorable guests from the sports, culture and industry sector we were able to raise 150,000 Euros for spinal cord research.



The 2,000,000
... Euro donation-mark was exceeded.  

Through the rise in donations
... we were able to fund more research projects in 2011. 54 projects were financed so far.  

Our ambassadors
... gathered in the Area47 to learn more about the current state of knowledge in spinal cord research and to experience a fun day full of sporty activities together with spinal cord injury sufferers.



On Facebook
... we reached 10,000 supporters.   

19 journals
... were published.

Also read our 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 retrospectives.