Posted by omeditors | Posted in Business Leader, Philanthropy | Posted on 22-02-2017
The root of all aging?
Mr. Hope is no stranger to medical research. Since he was a child, the entrepreneur and polymath has had an almost compulsive interest in medicine and how technology can enhance treatments and cures.
Always abreast of the latest trends in medical research, Mr. Hope knew that, increasingly, the consensus of the medical community is coming to the position that the same underlying processes that cause atherosclerosis, namely inflammatory damage and the immune response designed to repair it, are the underlying cause for many, if not most of the diseases associated with aging.
This insight has led Mr. Hope to the conclusion that, by funding atherosclerosis research, he’s killing two birds with one stone. Atherosclerosis itself is directly responsible for the most lethal diseases in America. Heart attack, stroke and even the worst sequelae of diabetes, such as gangrene requiring amputation, are a direct result of arterial disease. However, if the medical community can arrive at a complete understanding of the entire clinical processes behind atherosclerosis, the potential bounty is much more than just a severe reduction in the biggest killer diseases. It may be something akin to the Fountain of Youth.
Today, nearly every condition associated with aging, from wrinkled skin to arthritis to progressive reductions in organ function, are hypothesized to be related to inflammation and the body’s immune response to it. If sufficient insight into these processes can be gained, it may be possible to extend average life expectancy to much closer to the hypothesized maximum human lifespan of around 125 years. Such a scenario could see the average person living, in shockingly good health, until 100 years old or beyond, with total independence.
Recently, the SENS Foundation, a non-profit center for biomedical research, announced that it has received a $500,000 donation from Arizona entrepreneur Jason Hope. Hope gave the large donation with the stipulation that it be used for research into atherosclerosis and the underlying processes that lead to it. For its part, the SENS foundation said that Mr. Hope’s magnanimous donation would be put to good use, considerably enhancing the foundation’s ability to fund atherosclerosis research over the next couple of years.
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