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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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The History of Spinal Cord Research

The History of Spinal Cord Research

In the past, paralyzed people could not be treated. Today, the first patients are taking their own steps again - thanks to research. A chronicle of the most important events and insights.

5 questions about the Scientific Meeting 2019

5 questions about the Scientific Meeting 2019

This year, the spinal cord research elite met again for an exchange in Salzburg. We asked 5 questions to our insider Dr. Vieri Failli

My Life With a Spinal Cord Injury. Part 3.

My Life With a Spinal Cord Injury. Part 3.

Claudia is a quadriplegic, meaning she cannot move and feel her body from the shoulders down. In our three-part interview series she allows us to peer behind the curtain – into a truly impressive life.

My Life With a Spinal Cord Injury. Part 2.

My Life With a Spinal Cord Injury. Part 2.

Claudia Miler is a quadriplegic, meaning she cannot move and feel her body from the shoulders down. In our three-part interview series she allows us to peer behind the curtain – into a truly impressive life.

My Life With a Spinal Cord Injury. Part 1.

My Life With a Spinal Cord Injury. Part 1.

Claudia is a quadriplegic, meaning she cannot move and feel her body from the shoulders down. In our three-part interview series she allows us to peer behind the curtain – into a truly impressive life.

Thank You Wings for Life World Run 2019

Thank You Wings for Life World Run 2019

We are so overwhelmed with joy from this year´s Wings for Life World Run. More than 120,000 registered runners and wheelchair participants. 323 locations. 72 countries. 3,5 million euros for research!

Follow the World Run LIVE

Follow the World Run LIVE

On Sunday we run again for those who can't at the Wings for Life World Run. Even if you are unable to attend you can still follow the spectacle.

We’re Counting the Days

We’re Counting the Days

On the 5th of May, the whole world will once again run for those who no longer can. Here’s some additional information about our mega-event.

The Effect of Microglia

The Effect of Microglia

Microglia protect tissue and enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury. In experiments researchers from Canada showed the beneficial action of these cells as a key component of the scar formation.

Story Behind

Story Behind

Orlando Duque is among the world elite of cliff jumpers. And he ran the Wings for Life World Run. Here's the story behind this great photo.

Opioids and its harmful effects on recovery

Opioids and its harmful effects on recovery

Rapidly after a spinal cord injury, most patients receive opioids to diminish pain. A new study suggests that this decreases recovery and this effect is reversed by minocycline.

Story Behind

Story Behind

This photo taken during the Wings for Life World Run went around the world. Here’s the story behind the female participant suffering from a spinal cord injury.