Scottsdale entrepreneur Jason Hope has recently made a $500,000 contribution to the SENS Foundation to be used for research into atherosclerosis and its underlying disease processes.
Jason Hope, a local celebrity known for his many successful tech startups, has stated that he made the contribution in an effort to better understand the processes not just that lead to heart disease and stroke but that may underlie the majority of all degenerative illnesses associated with advancing age.
The SENS Foundation said that the donation will allow them to significantly expand their atherosclerosis research budget. They thanked Mr. Hope, reiterating how important atherosclerosis research is. In the United States, atherosclerotic disease is the number one cause of death.
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Atherosclerosis leads directly to such potentially fatal conditions as heart attack and stroke. But it also plays a major role in many other diseases. These include peripheral artery disease, heart failure and hypertension. Furthermore, the underlying inflammatory process that leads to atherosclerosis has been implicated in almost every major disease process related to aging. Scientists are beginning to see the aging process itself, which leads to such things as wrinkled, inelastic skin, glaucoma and arthritic joints, as secondary to long-standing inflammation with similar or the same origin as atherosclerosis.
Mr. Hope understood that, if atherosclerosis can be cured or slowed, then it may be possible to extend people’s life expectancies beyond anything that has been imagined. Living free of inflammation past the age of 30 or 40 could result in people routinely living close to the ages of the oldest recorded people. And with reductions in the processes that lead to neurodegeneration in the brain, people may live to 100 and beyond with the mental acuity of middle age. Such a real-world Fountain of Youth has always captured Mr. Jason Hope’s imagination. Now he has a chance to put his dreams into action.