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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.

News and events

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COVID-19: Spinal cord injured people at risk

COVID-19: Spinal cord injured people at risk

Coronavirus is keeping the whole world in suspense. Especially in danger are people within a certain age group and with previous illnesses. The latter also include patients with a spinal cord injury.

Important information for World Runner

Important information for World Runner

It is with a heavy heart but - given the current public health concerns - we have decided to cancel all thirteen Flagship Runs and all Organized Runs with the App.

Best way to handle pressure

Best way to handle pressure

Perfusion pressure plays a fundamental role in acute spinal cord injury. Scientists point out how important individual monitoring concepts are.

The Vagus Nerve – A Jack Of All Trades

The Vagus Nerve – A Jack Of All Trades

Researchers in Texas are developing a therapy for a whole range of neurological diseases – including spinal cord injuries. Their focus is a nerve with truly astounding capabilities

Did you know...

Did you know...

that spinal cord injury patients have to endure spasms? Our colleague Wolfgang has been paralysed from the neck down following and knows more.

The Axon Whisperer

The Axon Whisperer

Neurologist Zhigang He is one of the first people to succeed in regrowing nerve fibres with the help of a specific molecule. We sat down for a chat with the highly respected top scientist

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.

Mission: Research

Mission: Research

Yale professor Stephen Strittmatter has been fighting proteins that prevent nerves from growing for years. He has been successful thus far, as an extensive clinical trial is starting now.

Regenerating Neurons

Regenerating Neurons

Insult to the central nervous system leads to the death of numerous cells. A basic study unveiled new targets to salvage neurons and push them to regenerate.

Blog: Jolting the brain for recovery

Blog: Jolting the brain for recovery

Electrical stimulation of the brain seems to boost recovery for chronic spinal cord injured patients. Wings for Life currently supports a clinical trial with 36 participants. Read more here in Vieri Faillis Blog.

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 :-)