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Spinal Cord Injury must become curable

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.

News and events

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We’re Counting the Days

We’re Counting the Days

On the 5th of May, the whole world will once again run for those who no longer can. Here’s some additional information about our mega-event.

The Effect of Microglia

The Effect of Microglia

Microglia protect tissue and enhance functional recovery after spinal cord injury. In experiments researchers from Canada showed the beneficial action of these cells as a key component of the scar formation.

Story Behind

Story Behind

Orlando Duque is among the world elite of cliff jumpers. And he ran the Wings for Life World Run. Here's the story behind this great photo.

Opioids and its harmful effects on recovery

Opioids and its harmful effects on recovery

Rapidly after a spinal cord injury, most patients receive opioids to diminish pain. A new study suggests that this decreases recovery and this effect is reversed by minocycline.

Story Behind

Story Behind

This photo taken during the Wings for Life World Run went around the world. Here’s the story behind the female participant suffering from a spinal cord injury.

BLOG: Good Cell Death. Bad Cell Death

BLOG: Good Cell Death. Bad Cell Death

After a spinal cord injury, cells die. But not all cell death is the same. Understanding and preventing the different types of cell death is important for a cure.

Breathing thanks to a single injection

Breathing thanks to a single injection

Many people with high spinal cord injury suffer from shortness of breath. In an animal experiment, breathing could now be restored for the first time in chronic spinal cord injury.

BLOG: Big Data for Success

BLOG: Big Data for Success

Everywhere, tons of data are being generated. Also in spinal cord research. Proper handling of so-called “big data” can help to promote a cure for spinal cord injuries.

Did you know that…

Did you know that…

the cold can be dangerous for spinal cord injury patients? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek is quadriplegic and knows why.

Scientific Meetings 2019

Scientific Meetings 2019

Researchers exchange their knowledge on congresses, symposia, and meetings. Here you'll find the scientific event calendar for 2019.

What. A. Year.

What. A. Year.

We just want to say THANK YOU for your great support this year.

Giving Can Be Fun

Giving Can Be Fun

Are you still on the lookout for an extraordinary gift? We have three great suggestions on how to make someone happy and support an excellent cause at the same time.