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Mobile Memory Clinic in Mystic

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

 

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Coastal Connecticut Research in partnership with Masonicare will be hosting a Mobile Memory Clinic on Tuesday, November 12th at Masonicare, 45 Clara Drive in Mystic.  The no cost memory screenings are part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Program.  Memory screenings are a confidential service to test memory and other thinking skills.  To date, 5 million Americans have been screened as part of this effort to promote brain health.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has screened over 100 individuals.  Each individual screening takes approximately 15 minutes.

Diane Palmer, RN, is a Qualified Dementia Care Specialist who will provide the screenings as a service to the public. Call Masonicare to schedule your appointment at (860)367-8320.

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

 

The SKYLIGHT clinical study is seeking eligible candidates for a non-hormonal, investigational drug for hot flashes.

Hot flash clinical study

Call (860)443-4567

Study Gynecologist: Dr. Robert M. Spitz

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www.CCRstudies.com

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Women’s Wellness and You!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

 

Are you a woman who has been through menopause (no period for at least one year?)

Have you ever wondered why there have been so many changes to your body?  Have you gained weight thanks to a slowing metabolism?  Feeling flushed and sweating thanks to hot flashes?  You’re not alone!

When it comes to a woman’s body and the many changes females undergo during their lifetime, sometimes many women are in the dark.  Coastal Connecticut Research in New London would like to shed some light on the many mysteries regarding menopause.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th at the Public Library of New London for a “Women and Menopause” event.  All are welcome! Speakers will include Dr. Robert M. Spitz, Medical Director of Coastal Connecticut Research along with Alison Dvorak, MS, RDN, and CDN, a Registered Dietician who holds many responsibilities with local non-profit Senior Resources, Agency on Aging and Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, who is a clinical pharmacist, yoga and wellness instructor and owner of Zen and Now Wellness Studio.   Discussion topics will include the physiological changes a woman undergoes with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, feminine dryness, decreased libido, as well as hormonal shifts and various treatments and studies.  In regards to nutrition, key highlights will include how to eat and maintain proper weight and health, navigating holiday temptations with a slowing metabolism and how food can improve mood.  The mindfulness portion will focus on how yoga and other integrative therapies can reduce stress, improve mood and help women deal with changing hormone levels holistically.

The event kicks off at 5:15pm and will end at 6:45pm.  We can’t wait for your to join us!

 

Alzheimer’s Event – Thank You!

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Dr. Laurence Radin, Primary Investigator for the ADVANCE study at Coastal Connecticut Research

Thank you for all who attended our  September Alzheimer’s innovations and resources event in New London.  Nearly 40 people gathered to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, and current research studies and programs available locally.  The theme for the evening was “what’s next?”  What resources are available and what tools can people use when a loved one begins displaying the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or what happens after the diagnosis.

We are grateful for all those who joined us.  Some wonderful questions were posed and we appreciate all who joined us for this ground breaking evening.

 

Andrea Stewart, APRN, Sub-Investigator for the ADVANCE study at Coastal Connecticut Research

Join us for an Alzheimer’s Event

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Care providers and community members are invited to “Alzheimer’s Innovations, from Research to Services.”   This presentation by local medical, research and senior care professionals will be held at Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00pm at the New England Cognitive Center, 464 Ocean Avenue. (Located above Saeed’s.) Information on Alzheimer’s resources will be available. On hand will be Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN, of the Neurological Group in New London and clinical research investigators at Coastal Connecticut Research, Patti Said, Executive Director of the non-profit New England Cognitive Center and Kristen Cusato of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Light refreshments will be served.

This no cost event is open to members of the community, Alzheimer’s care partners and those with an interest in learning more about research and services available for people living Alzheimer’s disease. Pre-registration is requested by calling (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Hot Flashes/Night Sweats?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

It’s hot.  It’s really hot.  It’s August.  The heat and humidity can be oppressive.  Are you dreaming about winter, not because you like the snow, but because you want to cool off?  But then again, maybe those hot flashes and night sweats are still doing you in even in the winter.

Bothersome hot flashes and night sweats can plague women for over a decade after menopause.  Are you one of these women who finds herself tearing off layers because you can’t cool off?  Tossing off the covers at night?  Interrupted sleep due to night sweats?  Embarrassed by sweat pooling on your upper lip?  It’s the pits!  (And speaking of the pits, those stains in your shirts are also quite horrifying!)

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been conducting clinical research studies for 20 years.  The studies we conduct deal with real life issues real people like you are facing.  Clinical research plays an important role in the future of medicine.  Our research volunteers have made a huge difference in how people are treated for a variety of conditions.

We are currently conducting a hot flash study in which volunteers will evaluate a non-hormonal investigational study product for hot flashes and night sweats. Those interested in learning more about what being a participant in a clinical research study involves are welcome to contact a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more at (860)443-4567.

August – Looking Ahead

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

It’s August. How did that happen so fast?  We’re wondering the same thing.

After a sweltering July we hope to enjoy some less humid weather but we know those dog days of summer aren’t always predictable.  They say if you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait five minutes.

A special shout out to our study volunteers. We know you’re busy with the kids home from school, young adults headed off the college, vacations planned, beaches calling your name – we get it. We also understand some of our volunteers living with Alzheimer’s are dependent upon their caregivers who become an integral part of our research.   We truly want to say thanks for your participation. It means a lot to us and will make a difference in the future of how people are treated.

As we move ahead and look towards fall (it’s inevitable…), we want to share with you some things we have planned.

First and foremost we are looking forward to sharing information with health care providers, elder care workers and you, our community, regarding the ADVANCE Clinical Study for Alzheimer’s agitation.  We’re partnering with the New England Cognitive Center to present information on resources and innovations in the region in regards to Alzheimer’s disease.  This event is planned for the early fall and we’ll keep you posted.

We also look forward to sharing information with you on upcoming studies for hot flashes and night sweats, migraine headaches, urinary incontinence and more.

Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call us to see what’s happening here.  Our number is (860)443-4567.  We’re also very excited people can sign up online to be contacted for a future or enrolling study. It’s just a click away at www.CCRstudies.com.   Please keep in mind we still believe nothing beats the personal touch, so again, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and reach out.

Enjoy some hot fun in the summertime. We will continue to keep you in the know on all that is happening here.

New Look for Website

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Our website has a new look and new features.  If you are interested in a current study or future study, you can “apply.”  What this means is you submit your contact information and when the time is appropriate, we will get in touch with you to share more regarding the study you may be suitable for.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been conducting clinical research trials with community volunteers for 20 years.  We look forward to connecting with you!

Thank You Volunteers!

Monday, July 15th, 2019

We are always appreciative of our study volunteers. They choose to participate in research, sharing their time.  Study volunteers play a large role in the future of medicine and developing treatments.

When a study volunteer completes a study, we like to ask them about their experiences though a good, old-fashioned survey.  Recently, one of our CCRstudies volunteers shared the following about her experience:

“The program was outstanding and much more than I expected. It corrected my problem.  Yeah!  The CCR staff were competent and very thorough.”

When asked on the survey if she would recommend participating in a clinical trial to others, the volunteer responded “definitely.”

Thank you to each and everyone who comes forward to participate in research.  We truly appreciate all you do!  Remember, you do make a difference!

Summertime at CCRstudies

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Summer is in full swing in our neck of the woods.  We’re just a short drive from Ocean Beach and a block over from the Thames River – I guess you can see why we’ve included the “Coastal” in Coastal Connecticut Research.  We understand summer is a time where people want to be more carefree and less tied up with appointments and commitments. We are forever thankful to our study volunteers who take the time to participate in research.

Clinical research is important in advancing medicine.  We aim to answer questions about some unknown variables and treatments. What works?  What doesn’t work?  How can we improve the quality of life for people?

This summer you may also notice Coastal Connecticut Research has a new look.  Take a quick drive by our site at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London and you will see some lovely landscaping.  Come on in and you will notice we’ve moved from upstairs to downstairs with a lovely waiting room just waiting for you to grab a cup of coffee, tea, or sit and relax.  Curious about research?  Give us a call at 860-443-4567.  We’re happy to share information with you.

Happy summer!  We can’t wait to hear from you!