• <span>“The question is not whether effective treatments and cures will be found, but when they will be found.”</span><br>

    “The question is not whether effective treatments and cures will be found, but when they will be found.”

What we do

Support for cutting-edge international research

History

Committed to an ambitious mission

The driving forces behind Wings for Life are the two-time motocross world champion Heinz Kinigadner and the founder of Red Bull, Dietrich Mateschitz. In 2003, Kinigadner's son Hannes had a tragic accident which left him tetraplegic.

Moved by the dreadful injury, Kinigadner and Mateschitz invited leading scientists from across the world to come to Salzburg. It soon became clear that, contrary to common opinion, there is legitimate reason to hope that traumatic spinal cord injury can be cured. Ground-breaking discoveries made by Prof. Dr. Sam David in 1981 and by Prof. Dr. Martin Schwab in the early 1990s showed that injured nerve cells in the spinal cord are capable of regeneration after specific types of treatment.

Kinigadner and Mateschitz soon realised that research into spinal cord injury was underfunded. Paralysis is not considered a widespread condition and therefore investing millions in research to help a relatively small number of people was generally considered an unprofitable endeavour.

This realisation prompted Kinigadner and Mateschitz to set up the Wings for Life research foundation – with the goal of finding ways to cure all people affected.

Organization USA

One Team. One Mission.

We strongly believe in achieving our goal.

Team

  • Amy Daugherty

    Chief Executive Officer USA

    Amy Daugherty
  • Elisa Krimbacher, BA

    Associate Director USA

    Elisa Krimbacher, BA

Board Of Directors

  • Anita Gerhardter

    President & Chairman

    Anita Gerhardter
  • John Heydt, MD

    Board of Director

    John Heydt, MD
  • Stefan Kozak

    Vice President

    Stefan Kozak
  • Alex Popa

    Treasurer

    Alex Popa
  • Brian Ring

    Board of Director

    Brian Ring

Scientific Directors

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Schwab

    Scientific Director

    Prof. Dr. Dr. Jan Schwab
  • Prof. Dr. Armin Curt

    Clinical Director

    Prof. Dr. Armin Curt

Internal Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Ludwig Aigner

    Prof. Dr. Ludwig Aigner
  • Prof. Dr. Hartmut Pelinka

    Prof. Dr. Hartmut Pelinka
  • Prof. Dr. Claudius Thomé


    Prof. Dr. Claudius Thomé


Scientific Advisory Board

  • Prof. Dr. Sam David

    Prof. Dr. Sam David
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Sofroniew

    Prof. Dr. Michael Sofroniew
  • Prof. Dr. Zhigang He

    Prof. Dr. Zhigang He
  • Prof. Dr. Stephen Strittmatter

    Prof. Dr. Stephen Strittmatter
  • Prof. Dr. Hans Lassmann

    Prof. Dr. Hans Lassmann
  • Prof. Dr. Philip Van Kerrebroeck

    Prof. Dr. Philip Van Kerrebroeck
  • Prof. Dr. Andrew Maas

    Prof. Dr. Andrew Maas