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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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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.

77,103 people ran simultaneously the World Run

77,103 people ran simultaneously the World Run

The Wings for Life World Run was a big success. We started separated by distance, but united in spirit and raised an incredible 2.8 million Euros for spinal cord research!

The Wings for Life World Run live

The Wings for Life World Run live

This year we run with the App. Separated by distance, but united in spirit. Follow Race Day live, right here.

We are so ready!

We are so ready!

The anticipation is rising! On May 3 we are running with the new Wings for Life World Run App. Everyone individually (with social distancing) but together.

COVID-19: Tips to stay healthy

COVID-19: Tips to stay healthy

By washing our hands properly and sneezing in our elbow, we can protect ourselves against infections. However, especially a strong immune system can help us to stay healthy. Here are a few recommendations.

Body’s own stem cells

Body’s own stem cells

Dormant cells located at the center of our spinal cord could have the potential to improve healing after an injury. This was recently found out by a research team in Uruguay.

COVID-19: Spinal cord injured people at risk

COVID-19: Spinal cord injured people at risk

Coronavirus is keeping the whole world in suspense. Especially in danger are people within a certain age group and with previous illnesses. The latter also include patients with a spinal cord injury.

Important information for World Runners

Important information for World Runners

It is with a heavy heart but - given the current public health concerns - we have decided to cancel all thirteen Flagship Runs and all Organized Runs with the App.