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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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The Best Team in the World

The Best Team in the World

All at the same time, in sunshine or rain, at day or night – we pulled off the largest running event in history together and achieved something amazingly beautiful in the process.

Race Day Checklist

Race Day Checklist

Are you ready for the biggest App Run ever? It's really important to us that you’ll have a great running experience and that everything works flawlessly on race day, so here comes your checklist.

Setting the World in Motion

Setting the World in Motion

When runners in Australia set off with headlamps in the late evening while Austrians head out in the midday sun, you know that something truly special is happening: the Wings for Life World Run.

Scientific Meeting 2021 – Interview with Jan Schwab

Scientific Meeting 2021 – Interview with Jan Schwab

Our Scientific Meeting is held every year in spring. This is where the Who’s Who of spinal cord research meets and exchanges ideas – this year via a virtual platform.

Virtual Premiere: Scientific Meeting 2021

Virtual Premiere: Scientific Meeting 2021

Whenever the elite of spinal cord research convenes, you know it is time for our annual scientific meeting. This year’s format is a premiere.

Regenerative gene therapy

Regenerative gene therapy

Gene therapy can force glial cells to convert into functional neurons. This technique could potentially result in interventions to restore lost neural functions after injury.

Nerve drug against harmful structural changes

Nerve drug against harmful structural changes

Gabapentin is often prescribed for neurological diseases. An experimental study suggests that when given early after spinal cord injury, it can also limit harmful structural changes in nerve cells.

Blood chemistry predicts future

Blood chemistry predicts future

Blood chemistry parameters can predict the recovery that patients with incomplete spinal cord injuries will have one year later. This important finding was made by researchers from Salzburg.

Blood biomarker for recovery

Blood biomarker for recovery

White blood cell fluctuations predict outcomes of spinal cord injury. New scientific findings could help current patient management and establishment of future treatments.

Designer protein against paralysis

Designer protein against paralysis

By using gene therapy, a German research team forced nerve cells to produce a curative protein. Mice that had complete injury could walk again after two to three weeks.

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?