Employee Spotlight: Andrea D’Alessandro, TRiNDS Director of Clinical Operations

September 2nd, 2020

Employee Spotlight:  Andrea D’Alessandro, TRiNDS Director of Clinical Operations

All of us at TRiNDS come to work every day committed to conducting the best quality rare disease and neuromuscular research. Today we’d like to introduce Andrea D’Alessandro, TRiNDS Director of Clinical Operations. We sat down with Andrea to learn more about her and her work.

How did you come to work in clinical research?

Andrea: During graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, I had a clinical research job working in the Center for Minority Health at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. I very much enjoyed my experience and began looking for post-graduation jobs that incorporated a clinical research component. After completion of my master’s degree in genetic counseling I took a job at the University of Michigan which allowed me to be involved in clinical research as a research coordinator, and also to use my genetic counseling degree by working directly with patients in a clinical setting. This was also the beginning of my career in the neuromuscular field and I have not looked back!

What does your typical day look like at TRiNDS?

Andrea: One of my favorite things about my job is that each day is different. A typical day would involve reviewing study documents and reports, writing new procedures for our Clinical Operations team, creating and analyzing output from our clinical trial management system to ensure that we are on-time with client and company deliverables, and of course, emails and meetings with clients and our internal TRiNDS team.

What are you most excited about for the future of neuromuscular research?

Andrea: Neuromuscular research has evolved very rapidly in recent years and I believe the evolution will continue. Because of my background in genetics, I’m particularly excited about all of the genetic-based therapies that are in development or even recently approved for neuromuscular conditions. These therapies give so much hope to the patient and research community.

TRiNDS offers expert specialized clinical operations services to sponsors conducting neuromuscular and rare disease research. We customize our services to each project to meet its unique needs. Contact us for more information about how TRiNDS can help your project succeed.