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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.

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This Happens After a Spinal Cord Injury

This Happens After a Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury resembles a natural disaster. It causes nerve and glial cells to die. But that's not all.

A new mixture for recovery

A new mixture for recovery

Neuroscientists from the USA showed that the combination of neural stem cell grafts and rehabilitation promotes better recovery in chronic, severe spinal cord injury models.

Thank you, Dietrich!

Thank you, Dietrich!

You will be missed.

Intermittent fasting and recovery

Intermittent fasting and recovery

Intermittent fasting alters the gut bacteria activity and increases nerve regeneration and recovery after spinal cord injury.

Favourite Pieces

Favourite Pieces

Our new Wings for Life collection is here – 100% of the proceeds go to spinal cord research.

Invaluable tool for clinical trials

Invaluable tool for clinical trials

The new web platform Neurosurveillance enables the analysis of many clinical data.

The Challenge of Everyday Life

The Challenge of Everyday Life

Wolfgang Illek has been paralysed from the neck down ever since a cycling accident that happened 18 years ago. What does his daily routine look like, you ask? Like this!

Infographic: This is how many projects we are funding this year

Infographic: This is how many projects we are funding this year

Thanks to our donors and the participants in the Wings for Life World Run, we are able to financially support 17 new projects this year.

Inhibition with a double positive effect

Inhibition with a double positive effect

Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, a certain compound consisting of glucose and proteins, are known inhibitors of regeneration. Removing now showed also a positive effect on inflammation after injury.

Did you know…

Did you know…

…that many paralysed people cannot sweat? Our colleague Wolfgang explains why and how that affects his body functions.

Max Verstappen auctions off his helmet for Wings for Life

Max Verstappen auctions off his helmet for Wings for Life

For the benefit of spinal cord research, the reigning World Champion is donating his original Austrian GP helmet.

Switches in the spinal cord

Switches in the spinal cord

Injury is shutting down the neural circuits contained in the spinal cord. Treatments should focus on turning those switches permanently ON.