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March 24, 2020 Coronavirus Statement

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

Coastal Connecticut Research is part of the healthcare services and pharmaceutical industries, considered critical infrastructures by our government. As such, we will remain open to provide care and to monitor our clinical research study patients.

Because social distancing has been identified as a key component in preventing the spread of the Coronavirus, we have moved the screening visits of potential study participants to a later date and will only be seeing patients already enrolled in current studies.

For those who may have been interested in one of our studies, please keep in mind all of our prescreening is done over the telephone by site personnel. Potential study participants can prescreen at any time over the telephone, with appointments being set up at a later date.

Coastal Connecticut Research will continue to follow the appropriate hygienic and social distancing procedures implemented at our site as a result of the Coronavirus.

Please contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860)443-4567 if you have any further questions.  We look forward to continuing to serve you by providing quality study-related care, a professional atmosphere and all the latest updates to how we are responding to the Coronavirus situation.

Dr. Robert M. Spitz

Medical Director

Coastal Connecticut Research

What We Do is Essential!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

We are proud to let you know what we do at Coastal Connecticut Research is considered essential by our state and federal government.  Providing exceptional study-related care to our patients, monitoring their health while they participate in a study, and educating potential participants about future studies and the importance of research is part of our daily operations.

We understand these are difficult times for our nation and for individuals as each of us responds to the Coronavirus crisis in different ways.  While we cannot control what is happening around us, we can control our reaction to what is happening around us and respond appropriately.  Some of you may be working from home, some of you who at a higher risk may be remaining at home, and all of us are urged to practice social distancing.  We have appropriate procedures in place to assure the health and safety of our study participants at this time in accordance to regulations being set forth.

So, if you are feeling anxious or cooped up, maybe it’s time to get out in the backyard, go for that long walk you could not get to during your regular 8-hour day, or even better, reconnect with an old friend through email or the telephone.  We can assure you when life returns to “normal,” we will still continue to be here for you.  In addition, if you are interested in a study, please know you can participate in a prescreening questionnaire over the telephone by calling (860)443-4567.  We are proud of the work we do and thankful for our study volunteers!

Coronavirus Statement – March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16th, 2020

At Coastal Connecticut Research our goal is to keep our study patients safe and healthy.  With the current concerns in place over social distancing and the Coronavirus, please keep in mind patient health and safety has always been our top priority.  In order to address national and global concerns in halting the spread of the Coronavirus, we will do the following:

  • We will continue to clean and sanitize all office and medical equipment prior to and following each patient visit
  • We will be limiting the number of patients we see during the course of the day as our country as a whole responds to requests for social distancing by the CDC.
  • We will assess the overall condition of our study patients upon each visit to our site by monitoring vital signs and general health while continuing to follow the protocol for each of our research studies.
  • With this in mind, please consider our request to you. If you are scheduled for an office visit, we ask you call us the day before to assess your current condition.  Study patients who are scheduled and may be displaying signs of any fever, respiratory infection or possible virus please contact our site prior to your visit to reschedule in order to ensure the health and safety of our research team and study participants.

Please contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860)443-4567 if you have any further questions.  We look forward to continue to provide the highest quality study-related care to our patients.

Dr. Robert M. Spitz

Medical Director

Coastal Connecticut Research

 

Spring into Research!

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

 

The daffodils are starting to bud, birds seem to be chirping just a little bit more, spring is right around the corner!  Our volunteers continue to do good things for others by participating in clinical trials.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research we are excited to share with you some of what will be happening this spring.  We will continue to enroll eligible subjects for a various clinical research trials including studies evaluating investigational products for hot flashes and night sweats, mild cognitive impairment with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and migraines.  A birth control study is also on the horizon.  It’s going to be a busy spring.

Thanks as always to all those who come forward to participate in research.  Your time is truly valued and we appreciate the fact your actions will ultimately help others as new treatments are developed.

Those who are curious about research are welcome to contact us to learn more.  Call today!  (860)443-4567.

Birth Control Research

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Part of this article, written by CCRstudies team member MaryLou Gannotti, was published in the TIMES local newspapers:

Contraception, when used correctly and consistently, is a method of avoiding an unintentional pregnancy.  Birth control methods have been documented over the course of centuries.  Methods of contraception dating as far back to ancient Egyptian times included the use of barrier methods created with natural substances, lactation to suppress ovulation, and coitus interruptus.

Over the course of time contraceptive methods evolved, but it was not until the early 20th in century in the United States when women’s access to safe and reliable birth control became an issue for political activists.  Women at the forefront of this movement included Margaret Sanger.

Despite the growing women’s liberation movement, many American women were still in the dark regarding contraception. Dee, who was born in 1938, knew very little in regards to birth control and family planning as she reached adulthood. According to Dee, now a wizened senior citizen, she utilized natural family planning during the early years of her marriage.   Dee, who is very comical, says, “I used to use the rhythm method, but I was never very good with math, I kept getting pregnant.” During the 1960’s Dee had her first three children in just two years. Eventually Dee’s doctor presented her with some family planning options that were more medically reliable than her “bad math.” Dee’s initial lessons in birth control, as handed down to her by her immigrant mother consisted of “you play with fire, you get burned.”  Many have heard the jokes about keeping an “aspirin between the knees” to prevent pregnancy.  For some women, their knowledge of reproduction and contraception was vague and unclear, and they realized soon the good old aspirin trick really didn’t work.

Lack of access to birth control for first half of the 20th century was not unusual, even for married women.   A law which existed here in Connecticut did not allow individuals to use “any drug, medicinal article or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception.” Griswold vs. Connecticut was tried before the Supreme Court and the law was struck down indicating it violated marital privacy.

Today, women have a wide variety of options in regarding to choosing how and when to start a family.  In addition, some women have found secondary reasons for using hormonal contraceptives to address the symptoms of various conditions including heavy menstrual bleeding, painful menses, irregular periods, endometriosis, and even acne.

We thank all those who come forward to be a part of the clinical research process evaluating birth control study products.

 

Local Migraine Clinical Trial

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Migraines aren’t all in your head!  12 percent of the population suffers with migraine headaches. Are you among them?  Sensitivity to lights, sounds, smells, nausea, pain, and the inability for some to focus at work.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is proud to be involved in migraine research. Questions about what’s happening in migraine research? We’d love to share with you what we do here. Call (860)443-4567.

Mobile Memory Clinic in Old Lyme

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

A Mobile Memory Clinic will be held at the Lyme’s Senior Center on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.

The Lyme’s Senior Center and Coastal Connecticut Research in New London are partnering to offer no cost, confidential memory screenings as a service to the community for memory loss or suspected early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Individual memory screenings at the Lyme’s Senior Center must be by appointment. Call 860-434-1605 ext. 240. Memory screenings will take approximately 15 minutes.

Since the inception of the Alzheimer’s national memory screening program over 2.5 million people have been screened worldwide.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has conducted over 100 no cost memory screenings as part of this Alzheimer’s initiative. Memory screenings are a significant first step towards identifying memory problems.   The screenings are conducted by medical staff trained as Qualified Dementia Care Specialists, the highest level of certification awarded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

The Lyme’s Senior Center is located at 26 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.

A New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2019

2020. A new year is upon us.  It’s a time for people to make and ideally keep, resolutions.

Do you resolve to help others?  Did you know participating in research can help countless people through the development of new treatments for chronic conditions or diseases?

Coastal Connecticut Research has been conducting clinical research trials for two decades.  With your help, we can continue to make advancements in medicine by evaluating study products, devices and in some cases, developing new ways of testing.

So, this year when you decide you want to do something meaningful, please consider becoming a research volunteer!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Are you decking the halls with boughs of holly?  Here at CCRstudies in New London, we would like to thank our valued study volunteers for their participation in clinical research this past year.

With 2020 in mind, we hope as you enter the new year you might consider participating in clinical research.  Many people resolve to be more giving, and often assume this involves writing a check to support a local charity or cause.  While this is a wonderful and worthy way to give back, have you ever thought of donating your time to others by participating in research?  It is a wonderful way to pay it forward.

The CCRstudies team had the good fortune of spending part of the busy month on December in bustling NYC.  We took in a show at Radio City Music Hall, met a real, live Rockette, and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city.

Thank you again to all those medical heroes who come forward to participate in clinical research trials. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Mrs. Judy Spitz, Dr. Robert Spitz, Kelley Sanok, RN, Mrs. Claus, MaryLou Gannotti, Diane Palmer, RN and Renee Cooper

 

Migraine Research

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

It was recently announced the FDA approved a medication to treat an acute migraine.  Did you know research is currently underway evaluating study treatments to potentially prevent a migraine from even happening?

Migraine headaches affect up to 12 percent of the population.  The majority of migraine sufferers are female.  When a migraine strikes, people often find themselves nauseous, sensitive to lights and sounds, and in tremendous pain.  Many have found past treatments have failed.  What is a migraine sufferer to do?

Migraines are often misunderstood and not everyone realizes just how incapacitating the condition can be.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been involved in migraine research with study volunteers.  People who suffer from chronic migraines and wish to learn more about research, migraine research and the role of a study volunteer are welcome to call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567. You can also text keyword CCR to 74121 or sign up for future studies online at CCRstudies.com.