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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 Cord Club returns in record-breaking style

The Cord Club returns in record-breaking style

Back by popular demand, Wings for Life bought the Cord Club back to M, Victoria Street, for a record-breaking evening. Learn more here.

All you need to know about STIMO

All you need to know about STIMO

STIMO is currently receiving a great deal of publicity. Three patients with chronic paraplegia have significantly improved their walking capacities after participating in this clinical study.

Walking Tall

Walking Tall

David can take voluntary steps again. He is one of three spinal cord injury patients benefitting from a truly remarkable clinical trial.

Farewell, Rosi!

Farewell, Rosi!

“I do feel a little wistful,” says Rosi Lederer and smiles. She plans to transition into retirement after eight years at Wings for Life. A very personal retrospective.

Strengthen respiratory function

Strengthen respiratory function

A completely new approach could significantly improve respiratory function after a spinal cord injury, thereby fundamentally improving the quality of life of many injured patients.

“My Hope is Unwavering”

“My Hope is Unwavering”

Hannes Kinigadner’s accident 15 years ago was the impetus to launch Wings for Life. For the very first time, his mother Waltraud speaks out on how his spinal cord injury changed the entire family.

Nerve growth after complete spinal cord injury

Nerve growth after complete spinal cord injury

Three leading scientists and their group teamed up to find something impressive. They showed how neurons regenerate over a complete injury site.

The Wings for Life World Run is back!

The Wings for Life World Run is back!

Register now for our biggest fundraising event and run with us for those who can´t until the moving finish line - the Catcher Car - gets you. 100% of all donations go directly to spinal cord research.

“I want to give something back”

“I want to give something back”

At a mere 14 years of age, Emma Mertzokat passed away after suffering a spinal cord injury. We sat down with Sandra, her mother, to talk about the devastating injury.

A Love Letter to Science

A Love Letter to Science

Irish couple Mark Pollock and Simone George launch TED Talk on how to resolve the tension between acceptance and hope. Find the video here.

Bringing forward functional recovery

Bringing forward functional recovery

Scientists from Germany discovered a way to transform “harmful” adult pericyte cells into “beneficial” neurons. This could lead to functional recovery after a spinal cord injury.

Kris Bryant auctions off his cleats

Kris Bryant auctions off his cleats

Chicago Cubs Superstar Kris Bryant auctions off Wings for Life inspired cleats for spinal cord research. Read more here.