Hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP) is a rare and incurable genetic disease which often begins in childhood and steadily worsens. Defects in the nerve cells complicate walking, often making it impossible.

Since 1998, we have promoted HSP research and support people who are affected by HSP. On our website you will find information about the disease, contacts, therapies, the level of research and how you can help us, with your donation working for those affected.

At our annual symposium, scientists from all over the world meet to exchange their current research findings.

Through the lucrative Advanced Scholarship, the Tom Wahlig Foundation awards promising research projects. In addition, two to three projects per year will be supported by our Foundation. The funding guidelines were revised in 2017.


Please watch our video about HSP and TWS (2011), which is in German.

Current News

Submit your application until July 29

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HSP-Betroffene geben Einblicke in ihren Alltag

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Deadline for submitting applications is July 15th, 2022

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Support in the area of social media

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MdB aus Bochum ist neuer SchrittMacher der Tom Wahlig Stiftung

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The Tom Wahlig Foundation wishes all supporters, donors, families, friends and partners a MERRY CHRISTMAS and, from the bottom of their hearts, the...

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Finally live on site again

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Covid-19: Only vaccinated or recovered persons allowed

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Anmeldungen beim Uniklinikum Essen möglich

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Developed ideas for great projects in Allensbach on Lake Constance

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Our 20th symposium will take place on November 26th, 2021 at the University Hospital Essen. The day before, the members of the TreatHSP network meet...

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Donations for Walking Challenge will be used for patient-centered projects

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Prize winners from Great Britain and the USA

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