Dr Chelsea Trengrove, FDA, Program Manager discussed on Outcomes Rocket
Host. So Marquez. Welcome back to the podcast today I have the privilege of hosting Dr Chelsea Trengrove. She is a PhD in Bio Pharmacology and neuroscience currently a program manager at impact of focused on innovation through collaboration and Pataca is an MIT media lab spinoff emphasizing the use of sensor data to inform patients, health and wellness and daily life. Their first focus is epilepsy justice background in Pharmacology and biochemistry allows her to take her insights with the intersection of neuro. Science to come out with some great solutions. She did all of this at Boston. University prior to impact, she worked internationally in the Pharma and biotech industries, assisting companies to build external collaborations, aligned processes, and incorporate FDA guidelines. We all know is hyper important an advocate for health and wellness. She's also a black belt and daily practitioner of Aikido, a martial art. So with that I, WanNa give a very warm welcome to Chelsea to the podcast. Welcome. Solid great to be here. It's a pleasure to to have a here. Chelsea. In folks Chelsea was at the Ted Med meeting. That I also attended last year and talk about some brilliant minds and. Just thought it'd be a great opportunity to have her here on the podcast to tell us her story and what she's up to so Chelsea what got you into healthcare. Talk of an interesting journey for me as you mentioned, I started off in Academia A. Ever, since I was five years old I was actually super interested in the grain to go to the CD ROM as the Pedia that my dad got me over Christmas and I used to. Read articles about the brain. So really average does it should. I knew that I was interested in I ended wanted to go feel and being in academia teach neurosciences wonderful. I really love getting swift for and investigate new areas of whether or not was sell pathways or new molecules equity impact diseases My PhD was specifically at neurodegeneration I love that investigation but it. Felt like a release slow process, it was married focused on one pathway at a time and the research can take can take decades. You can the whole career for one line at a textbook sometimes, and you some people have these incredible spruce and some people are just built for the research but I wanted to do something I saw a little bit more impactful and collaborative. I, love the the cell culture dishes that I was working with but I did want to interact with people and feel like I was in acting DEFEC-. More on a face to face daily local go after a finish. My PhD I went into consulting working like you said and Pharma a devices getting for the new language of FDA allegation and regulatory work, which is interesting but I did miss a science. So I started looking around for new ways that I could still be in the math farmer world but also get to sort of delve into science and they've found in paddock. Anything really edge research and I mean both healthcare and neuro field really lucky to be taken on their the program manager a little bit over a year ago. That's a fascinating journey Chelsea. Gosh, the area of neuro degeneration, the brain mental health, these diseases affecting the brain and nothing like there's no vital sign for the brain like there's a big gap there in a an also big opportunity. Now, Alzheimer's increasing year after year. What's your thoughts on all mad I? Mean I know I know I just said a lot. But warned why why are we trending that way? Why not the other way? What and what do you mean by the other way meaning better weren't? Well I think the brain has really one of the final frontiers away and there's just so much that we don't know about it and I think a lot of our focuses are either and it's been biology or like really the molecular level or cellular level and I think it's nippy important to angry the different sort of Filo of science but it's not GonNa, be you know one answer on this drug or you just need? To affect the pathway. So that's why I think sort of movement towards big data and machine learning is heavy, really hard using. you know censored like their lungs that we use an Konica and machine learning and Gino make to really create a holistic picture of a person supposed to vote. For thing down on someone it'd be small areas It's not really promising in the next few years. I'm love your your hopeful outlook there. And it's a, it's a great one to have especially in the field and focus that you're up to. So one needs to be on the minds of health leaders, agendas today, how are you and in Paddock approaching it? Yeah. Well. Let me give you a little bit of background on what impact does in case Any of your listeners aren't aware paddock. So as I mentioned, we are machine learning wearable a company out an MIT media lab off, and our first focus has really been creating the ball beautiful mart wash called the embrace and the way that it works has sensors that will monitor for convulsive seizures will detect the. User's risks and both ends on alert to a Caregiver Attack Mukesh and phone college gas location. So impacts focus has really been creating these sensors that will help create peace of mind in people's lives out of the hospital really gives them the freedom to go and live their lives. So our big focus has been machine learning, but something that we've encountered as the importance of creating these not just for the patient, but we need to find a way that really integrated the health care system and that's something that we've. Learned over the past few years, the importance of creating these platforms that aren't just only for the patient, but can also be used by this edition provider so that integrate into a meaningful way into the healthcare system I. Think it's a really important connection to make you reference the silo nature of even brain research. This expands even to the point solutions and solutions that we could offer to improve outcomes. It'd be interesting to hear from you Chelsea, something that you and the impact team have done to create results do a better by thinking differently. Yeah. I think something that we've really had to focus after Muslim paddock is You know where a bunch of scientists and engineers who are developing the technology for people who are living everyday with Luxy. So something that we've really needed to focus on and. Help, improve. What we created is working with patients with people who have not to improve the products. Now, just humane that will know what that working with them to improve our algorithm so that it's the taxing measures that are going to be the most impactful in their life. So for us, it was not focusing on every type of you're looking directly at compulsive shirts which are one of the. Most dangerous types of seizures most dangerous. So really just sort of reiterating on the device with the people that are really in the League of having the diesel part of daily life. It's great that you guys are doing that. There's so many people looking for solutions and such a smart group of people working on a on on a single problem. I. Mean there's so much power and focus just. Yeah. It's incredible that you guys are so aligned with this single problem I mean you share with me your urine DC right now for epilepsy meeting yeah I'm I'm here for the National Epilepsy walking you. In the National Mall and no family from all over the US gathered together to raise money and awareness for epilepsy related to help try, and.