Elastin. What is it?
Why has Dr. Naren Vyavahare, director of SC BioCRAFT, focused on elastin in his current research? Why does he want to talk to us about it at this year’s TEDxGreenville conference?
Any internet search that curious readers embark upon will explain that elastin is a fibrous protein found in our skin and in our bodies’ connective tissue. It provides the elasticity needed in keeping our skin supple, and is particularly important in keeping blood vessels functioning properly, pumping blood throughout our bodies 24/7.
Elastin can be found as a key component of many high-priced facial creams, but it is the potential ability to regenerate tissue supporting human organs that interests Dr. Vyavahare. Imagine bringing some level of life to previously poorly-functioning organs. For those of us who aren’t involved in bioengineering or the research of biomaterials, this is almost incomprehensible…and exciting.
Caroline Caldwell of this year’s TEDxGreenville planning team is eager to share this topic with the audience. She says, “Dr. Vyavahare will blow our minds by revamping and extending the definition of ‘elastin’ as more than just a medical cosmetic in the fight to stay young and beautiful. He will expand our vision on this rubber-band type material [and will] make us think about our beauty on a cellular level. Wow…and here I thought it was only about looking good!”
Stay tuned for Dr. Vyavahare’s idea worth spreading at the April 10th annual conference.