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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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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 immensely 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?

A second chance for recovery

A second chance for recovery

A mild artificial inflammation opens a new window of opportunity for successful rehabilitation of a chronic spinal cord injury.

Talents in science

Talents in science

Joshua E. Burda, PhD. is a Neuroscientist at the University of California, Los Angeles. His target is to investigate the contribution of astrocytes. Here is our short interview.

What happens after a spinal cord injury?

What happens after a spinal cord injury?

A spinal cord injury causes numerous events that affect the anatomy and functions of those affected. Vieri Failli, biologist, gives some insights into the topic.

Unlocking the power of astrocytes

Unlocking the power of astrocytes

Researchers in the US found that astrocytes can help repair a spinal cord injury. Now there is new knowledge about a regulating factor.

Bypassing spinal cord injury

Bypassing spinal cord injury

A spinal cord injury destroys the connections between the brain and the spinal cord. Swiss scientists might have found a way to restore a bypass of the injury and restore some functions.

Some of the best Snapshots

Some of the best Snapshots

This year´s Wings for Life World Run was full of overwhelming and awesome moments. Here are just a few of our favorites.