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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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A Step in a New Direction

A Step in a New Direction

A new study from Krembil Research Institute in Toronto, Canada changes our understanding of how the brain directs the body to walk.

Wings for Life World Run registration is open

Wings for Life World Run registration is open

At the Wings for Life World Run personal goals are reached, lifetime friendships are made and the world comes closer to finding a cure for spinal cord injury. Join us on May 3, 2020 :-)

A Protein that Pulls the Brake on Nerve Growth

A Protein that Pulls the Brake on Nerve Growth

Scientists from Bonn have identified a protein that regulates the growth of extensions by pulling a brake. In the long run, their findings could help to develop new approaches for the treatment of spinal cord injuries.

Filmhighlight: ‘Any One of Us’

Filmhighlight: ‘Any One of Us’

Through the inspiring journey of a recovering athlete, ‘Any One of Us’ offers an unprecedented glimpse into the world of spinal cord injuries. Worth seeing!

New key driver of axon regeneration

New key driver of axon regeneration

Enhancing neuroskeleton`s dynamics could boost regrowth and be a key player for future regenerative interventions.

Staying the Course

Staying the Course

Many valuable medical discoveries never reach the patient. They fail at the Valley of Death. Now, a whole series of new measures has been introduced to help the situation.

Nanotechnology rescues spinal cord tissue

Nanotechnology rescues spinal cord tissue

Nanoparticles seem to have a high potential. They reprogramme aggressive immune cells. Therefore, they enhance healing after a spinal cord injury.

Interview with Yale professor

Interview with Yale professor

Stephen Strittmatter tells us why he became a researcher, what drives him daily and how he'd like to help chronically injured people.

BLOG: The Backbone of Neurons

BLOG: The Backbone of Neurons

Neurons have a skeleton as well. Its manipulation can lead to regeneration after a spinal cord injury. Read more here in Vieri Faillis Blog.

Injured patients move arms and hands

Injured patients move arms and hands

In Australia, physicians managed to restore arm and hand function in 13 tetraplegic patients. This pioneering work was made possible by nerve transfer.

The importance of respiratory training

The importance of respiratory training

Respiratory complications in spinal cord injury patients are crucial for the quality and quantity of life. A large study revealed the optimized breathing training to increase respiratory muscle strength.

Website on clinical trials is online

Website on clinical trials is online

SCITrialsFinder.net is online since yesterday. There, people with a spinal cord injury can quickly and easily find all the information about suitable clinical trials.