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The Sonya Looney Show

Hey everybody! My name is Sonya Looney and welcome to my podcast. For those of you who don’t have any context on me, I’m a plant-based World Champion ultra endurance mountain biker. I travel the world and have met some incredible people with world class attitudes and ways of living that motivate me daily, and I want to share their paths of mastery with you. This is a podcast interviewing inspiring leaders across the categories of wellness, endurance fitness, plant-based nutrition, mindset, and entrepreneurship to help you unlock the best and healthiest version of yourself.

May 26, 2023

When we think about health, we don't always think about brain health. We don't always fully understand how what we're doing is affecting it. It's sort of out of sight, out of mind... But in this week's podcast, hosted by Travis Macy, we talked to Dr. Edward Park, founder of NeuroReserve about the things we can do proactively to improve brain health and potentially delay cognitive decline.

Dr. Park is the Founder and President of NeuroReserve with over 15 years of experience in the research and development (R&D) of biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, and nutritional therapeutics. He has been inspired by his experiences with his father's struggles with Parkinson’s disease and dementia for almost two decades before passing away.

Before NeuroReserve, Dr. Park led development of nutrition-enabling therapeutics for people with severe under-nourishment caused by cystic fibrosis, short bowel syndrome, pancreatic cancer, and preterm birth. At Alcresta Therapeutics, he successfully directed the end-to-end R&D, testing, regulatory approval (U.S. F.D.A. and E.U.), and launch of RELiZORB, the first-of its-kind combination-enzyme-cartridge to support absorption of critical long-chain polyunsaturated fats for the most malnourished populations. He also worked with major pharmaceutical and health care companies as an R&D advisor with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Health Industries Advisory, charting development paths for vaccines, cancer therapeutics, clinical genomics operations, and in vitro diagnostics. Before PwC, Dr. Park worked at Altus Pharmaceuticals (later Alnara Pharmaceuticals) in its commercial and development teams, where he led evaluation of early-and clinical-stage therapeutics for rare diseases, pediatric growth failure, hyperoxaluria and kidney stones, and chronic pancreatitis. Ed started his therapeutics career as an R&D associate at Bristol Myers Squibb. Dr. Park holds a Ph.D. in chemical-biomolecular engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was awarded a U.S. Department of Defense–National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.He also holds a M.S. and M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Travis is a 2x author, world-class endurance champion across many disciplines including Adventure Racing, 100-mile trail running races like Leadville and Leadman, Snowshoe champion, ski mountaineering, and even Burro racing. He is the host of The Travis Macy Show Podcast and a sought-after speaker including being a TEDx speaker. Travis is also an endurance sports coach and a dad to 2 children. Today's topic also hits close to home for Travis, as his father was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. Park's inspiration for creating NeuroReserve
  • Experiencing neurodegenerative diseases in a parent
  • Focusing on diet improvement
  • Preventing cognitive decline with good nutrition
  • The mind diet
  • The six pillars of brain health
  • Six pillars of lifestyle medicine
  • Exploring less mainstream health ideas (fads)
  • Optimizing the basics for your health