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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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Nerve drug against harmful structural changes

Nerve drug against harmful structural changes

Gabapentin is often prescribed for neurological diseases. An experimental study suggests that when given early after spinal cord injury, it can also limit harmful structural changes in nerve cells.

Blood chemistry predicts future

Blood chemistry predicts future

Blood chemistry parameters can predict the recovery that patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries will have one year later. This important finding was made by researchers from Salzburg.

Blood biomarker for recovery

Blood biomarker for recovery

White blood cell fluctuations predict outcomes of spinal cord injury. New scientific findings could help current patient management and establishment of future treatments.

Designer protein against paralysis

Designer protein against paralysis

By using gene therapy, a German research team forced nerve cells to produce a curative protein. Mice that had complete injury could walk again after two to three weeks.

Together towards the goal

Together towards the goal

The United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) announced that it is supporting an international consortium with a staggering budget of 36.5 million USD. This budget will be committed at improving recovery after spinal cord injuries using innovative, implantable technologies.

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.

Stem cell integration for recovery

Stem cell integration for recovery

The usage of stem cells holds a huge potential for promoting recovery after a spinal cord injury. Numerous experiments showed that the transplantation of neural stem cells can improve recovery. Scientists could see that both damaged and brought in cells are extending new axons but couldn’t tell if they made functional connections.

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.