• <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.

Organisation

One Team. One Mission.

We strongly believe in achieving our goal.

Team

  • Anita Gerhardter

    CEO

    Anita Gerhardter
  • Dr. rer. nat. Verena May

    Scientific Coordinator

    Dr. rer. nat. Verena May
  • Dr. med. Markus Böttinger

    Wissenschaftlicher Koordinator

    Dr. med. Markus Böttinger
  • Mag. (FH) Peter Luckeneder

    Head of Finance & Legal

    Mag. (FH) Peter Luckeneder
  • Dipl. jur. Marco Gröbner

    Head of Marketing

    Dipl. jur. Marco Gröbner
  • Stefanie Schwarz, MA

    Communication Specialist

    Stefanie Schwarz, MA
  • Mag. Wolfgang Illek

    Head of Fundraising

    Mag. Wolfgang Illek
  • Julia Röhrich, MSc

    Fundraising Assistant

    Julia Röhrich, MSc
  • Agnes Jeschko

    Office Manager

    Agnes Jeschko
  • Sandra David

    Finance Assistant

    Sandra David
  • Amy Daugherty

    Chief Executive Officer USA

    Amy Daugherty
  • Celeste Burnias

    Associate Director USA

    Celeste Burnias
  • Jeff Kurokawa

    Office & Finance Manager USA

    Jeff Kurokawa
  • Emma Hind, BA

    CEO Wings for Life UK

    Emma Hind, BA
  • Hetty Haines, BMus (Hons)

    Supporter Development Manager UK

    Hetty Haines, BMus (Hons)
  • Becky Ayers, BA

    Partnerships Manager UK

    Becky Ayers, BA
  • Jane Hsieh, MSc

    ATP Executive Director

    Jane Hsieh, MSc

Executive Board

  • Anita Gerhardter

    Anita Gerhardter
  • Heinz Kinigadner

    Founder

    Heinz Kinigadner
  • Dr. Roland Concin

    Dr. Roland Concin

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

Advisory Council

  • Dkfm. Dietrich Mateschitz

    Founder

    Dkfm. Dietrich Mateschitz
  • Franz Rauch

    Franz Rauch
  • Dr. med. Rosi Lederer

    Dr. med. Rosi Lederer
  • Prof. Dr. Herbert Resch

    Prof. Dr. Herbert Resch
  • Dr. Wolfgang Erhart

    Dr. Wolfgang Erhart
  • DI. Stefan Pierer

    DI. Stefan Pierer

Trustees UK

  • Jamie Rake

    Chairman

    Jamie Rake
  • Anita Gerhardter

    Anita Gerhardter
  • Andy Shaw

    Andy Shaw
  • Dominik Mitsch

    Dominik Mitsch
  • Seth Marthinsson

    Seth Marthinsson
  • Rupert Elliott

    Rupert Elliott
  • Ross Connolly

    Ross Connolly
  • Paul Stewart

    Paul Stewart