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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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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.

Development of the brain and spine

Development of the brain and spine

Our central nervous system contains some 100 billion neurons and each of them connects to about 10,000 other neurons, generating a quadrillion connections. Read more about this complex network here.

BLOG: Why all medicines have side effects?

BLOG: Why all medicines have side effects?

Why is a medication well tolerated by some while it might be intolerable for others? Biologist Vieri Failli explains the details.

632,520 stairs raises 10,000 euros

632,520 stairs raises 10,000 euros

During their renovation, Hotel Victoria Nürnberg in Germany started their “Victoria Challenge”. Read more about what´s behind this unique campaign.

Adventure in the Outback

Adventure in the Outback

Hugo and Ross flew their paramotors into the heart of Australia. Their mission was to challenge limits and collect donations for Wings for Life.

The Importance of Scientific Meetings

The Importance of Scientific Meetings

In May, scientists that received a grant from Wings for Life gathered in Salzburg, Austria to present the advancement of their research. This is why it is so important.

Together for One Goal

Together for One Goal

Beginner runners through to professionals joined the Wings for Life World Run 2017 and supported spinal cord research. Now the preregistration for 2018 is open.

From school projects to athletic performance

From school projects to athletic performance

– five different fundraising ideas that have supported vital spinal cord scientific research over the last weeks.