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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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Big THANK YOU to all our World Runners

Big THANK YOU to all our World Runners

Wow, wow, wow! We are over the moon and would like to send a big thank you to all 161,891 participants worldwide. Together we raised 4.7 million for spinal cord research!

Are you ready to go?

Are you ready to go?

We can't wait to get running for a good cause with thousands of people worldwide at the Wings for Life World Run.

Did you know that ...

Did you know that ...

a pressure ulcer can be life-threatening? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek is quadriplegic and knows why.

DTM supports Wings for Life

DTM supports Wings for Life

New partnership with long-standing series

Did you know…

Did you know…

what a functional hand is? Our colleague Wolfgang Illek has been paralysed from the neck down following a bike accident and explains it.

Bereit für den coolsten Lauf des Jahres?

Bereit für den coolsten Lauf des Jahres?

Wir haben uns richtig ins Zeug gelegt, um den Teilnehmern am Renntag das bestmögliche Event bieten zu können. So viel ist sicher: der 8. Mai wird ein Spaß.

A matching platform for patients and clinical trials

A matching platform for patients and clinical trials

To break barriers to the success of clinical studies, SCI Trials Finder matches people with spinal cord injuries and clinical trials. A remodeled version of the website is now online.

Talents in Science: Abel Torres-Espin

Talents in Science: Abel Torres-Espin

"I want to facilitate the work of other researchers." Abel Torres-Espin about his life as a neuroscientist and his current project.

One molecule, two opposite effects

One molecule, two opposite effects

The molecule RhoA affects axon regeneration in opposite ways. One stimulates it while the other stops it.

Walking after a complete spinal cord injury

Walking after a complete spinal cord injury

A neuroscientific team led by Grégoire Courtine at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed an improved stimulation technology.

Did you know that...

Did you know that...

many paralysed patients experience difficulties when coughing? Our colleague Wolfgang explains why and how that affects his body functions.

Therapeutic acute intermittent hypoxia

Therapeutic acute intermittent hypoxia

Scientist from Florida report about the use of therapeutic hypoxia in rehabilitation.