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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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Together towards the goal

Together towards the goal

The United States Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) announced that it is supporting an international consortium with a staggering budget of 36.5 million USD. This budget will be committed at improving recovery after spinal cord injuries using innovative, implantable technologies.

Wings for Life World Run: Registration Open

Wings for Life World Run: Registration Open

Even though we are currently in lockdown, we will definitely log into our app on the 9th of May. How about you?

Professor Jan Schwab receives Apple Award

Professor Jan Schwab receives Apple Award

An award is a recognition that a person is given for doing something well. Professor Jan Schwab is one of those people.

Stem cell integration for recovery

Stem cell integration for recovery

The usage of stem cells holds a huge potential for promoting recovery after a spinal cord injury. Numerous experiments showed that the transplantation of neural stem cells can improve recovery. Scientists could see that both damaged and brought in cells are extending new axons but couldn’t tell if they made functional connections.

Combination of personalised therapies

Combination of personalised therapies

A new study from Cambridge serves as a step towards the development of personalised combination therapies.

A neuronal bridge

A neuronal bridge

A new drug that also repairs damage to the spinal cord has been created by scientists. Although still at an early stage, it holds the potential to improve the conditions in neurological diseases.

MS medication promotes functional recovery

MS medication promotes functional recovery

A treatment currently tested in Multiple Sclerosis could potentially be used in acute spinal cord injuries and promote functional recovery.

First ATP funded trial completed

First ATP funded trial completed

A long-term follow-up on twelve thoracic spinal cord injured patients after stem cell transplantation is now completed.

Nerve growth through nanotechnology

Nerve growth through nanotechnology

A new study shows an “out-of-the-box” way to promote regrowth of damaged nerve fibers. By using magnetic nanoparticles scientists aim to stretch the axon from the outside.

YES! We are funding 28 new projects!

YES! We are funding 28 new projects!

This year’s project decision meeting was held virtually, and we are happy to say that it was a big success. Read more about our funded projects here.

Breakthrough designation for stimulation device

Breakthrough designation for stimulation device

The U.S. FDA sets an administrative milestone for the Go-2 Targeted Epidural Spinal Stimulation system. A clinical trial to test this new implantable device should therefore start next year.

Shielding cells from edema

Shielding cells from edema

Researchers found an astonishing effect of a drug used for patients with schizophrenia. This medication could also be very effective against acute spinal edema.