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Spinal Cord Injury must become curable

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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(Almost) Everything About Stem Cells

(Almost) Everything About Stem Cells

For many years, stem cells have been the main talking point in discussions about the future of medicine. But what exactly are stem cells, how are they obtained and how do we hope to benefit from them?

Chicago Cubs Star Kris Bryant auctions his cleats

Chicago Cubs Star Kris Bryant auctions his cleats

In honor of Wings for Life, reigning National League MVP and World Series hero Kris Bryant recently shined a light on spinal cord research by allowing artists to customize three pairs of game footwear.

Join us!

Join us!

On May 6, 2018, we want as many people as possible to take part in the Wings for Life World Run with organised app runs.

BLOG: Estrogen and its beneficial effects

BLOG: Estrogen and its beneficial effects

It makes a difference in the recovery whether a woman or a man is afflicted by a spinal cord injury. Vieri Failli, biologist, gives some insights into the topic.

Milestone: Researchers restore the “body shield”

Milestone: Researchers restore the “body shield”

Researchers discovered how acute spinal cord injury paralyses the immune system and were able to restore it experimentally.

Extraordinary fundraisers

Extraordinary fundraisers

Our supporters help us in many different ways. In the last few weeks, they cycled, ran and dressed up, anything to find a cure for spinal cord injury.

Important nerve fibers grow again

Important nerve fibers grow again

Researchers from Harvard found that a combination of proteins brought axons of the corticospinal tract to outgrow and sprout.

Did you know that…

Did you know that…

…patients with spinal cord injuries often suffer from excruciating pain? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek is quadriplegic and knows why.

How Your Donations Become Research Projects

How Your Donations Become Research Projects

How does Wings for Life decide on supporting a new research project? How much does such a project cost? And when do researchers deliver their initial findings? CEO International Anita Gerhardter has all the answers.

That was The Clay Day 2017

That was The Clay Day 2017

Here is the story of our second clay pigeon shoot, which saw devoted individuals raising over £115,000 for spinal cord research.

We fund 25 new research projects

We fund 25 new research projects

Thanks to our generous donors and the many participants at the Wings for Life World Run, we were able to pledge our support to 25 new projects this year.

Crab cocktail as therapy?

Crab cocktail as therapy?

Exciting results from a French research team: a crustacean molecule helps repair the injured spinal cord.