The amazing thing about two new videos that explain how wounds heal and scars form isn’t just that they convey these complex physiological processes so clearly that almost anyone can understand them.
The videos — which have almost 285,000 viewings combined — were created by someone who, just months ago, was a high school student in his hometown of Calgary.
Sarthak Sinha, now an 18-year-old freshman in the University of Toronto’s life sciences program, wrote the videos after getting the go-head from the people who run TED Ed, an educational website extension of the popular TED Talks series.
Sarthak has been fascinated with wound healing since age 14, when he started volunteering after school, on weekends and during summers in the University of Calgary laboratory of Dr. Jeff Biernaskie. Dr. Biernaskie, who was featured in our blog on stem cells and baldness, helped in looking over the editorial content for the videos. Other than that, it was all Sarthak.
“The biggest challenge was to translate the knowledge in a scientifically accurate way that can be understood at a readership level of a Grade 6 student,” says Sarthak “Not a lot of people are able to get past the jargon and access the information. It was a simple attempt at bridging that gap.”
Working with animators over three-and-a-half months to produce the videos was a rewarding experience, says Sarthak. “Bringing the ideas to life, that’s the real beauty of it,” he says.