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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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Wings for Life World Run: Registration Open

Wings for Life World Run: Registration Open

Even though we are currently in lockdown, we will definitely log into our app on the 9th of May. How about you?

Professor Jan Schwab receives Apple Award

Professor Jan Schwab receives Apple Award

An award is a recognition that a person is given for doing something well. Professor Jan Schwab is one of those people.

Combination of personalised therapies

Combination of personalised therapies

A new study from Cambridge serves as a step towards the development of personalised combination therapies.

A neuronal bridge

A neuronal bridge

A new drug that also repairs damage to the spinal cord has been created by scientists. Although still at an early stage, it holds the potential to improve the conditions in neurological diseases.

MS medication promotes functional recovery

MS medication promotes functional recovery

A treatment currently tested in Multiple Sclerosis could potentially be used in acute spinal cord injuries and promote functional recovery.

First ATP funded trial completed

First ATP funded trial completed

A long-term follow-up on twelve thoracic spinal cord injured patients after stem cell transplantation is now completed.

Nerve growth through nanotechnology

Nerve growth through nanotechnology

A new study shows an “out-of-the-box” way to promote regrowth of damaged nerve fibers. By using magnetic nanoparticles scientists aim to stretch the axon from the outside.

YES! We are funding 28 new projects!

YES! We are funding 28 new projects!

This year’s project decision meeting was held virtually, and we are happy to say that it was a big success. Read more about our funded projects here.

Breakthrough designation for stimulation device

Breakthrough designation for stimulation device

The U.S. FDA sets an administrative milestone for the Go-2 Targeted Epidural Spinal Stimulation system. A clinical trial to test this new implantable device should therefore start next year.

Shielding cells from edema

Shielding cells from edema

Researchers found an astonishing effect of a drug used for patients with schizophrenia. This medication could also be very effective against acute spinal edema.

“The Immediate Aftermath Was Worst”

“The Immediate Aftermath Was Worst”

Sebastian fell into a streambed at the age of 18. The accident left him paralysed from the neck down and forced him to start his life anew. Today, he shares his experiences with managers and their teams.

BLOG: The immune system – our body`s defense

BLOG: The immune system – our body`s defense

These days patients with a spinal cord injury are advised to take care of their immune system. But how does our immune system work? Vieri Failli explains its important role in the context of a virus infection.