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Birth Control Research

Monday, July 10th, 2017

There are a myriad of options for women in the United States regarding contraceptive choices.  There are birth control pills, birth control implants, hormonal IUD’s, non-hormonal IUD’s, vaginal rings, contraceptive foams, condoms, barrier methods, and for some, natural family planning, often called “the rhythm method.”

We’ve come a long way since crocodile dung was used as a barrier method to block sperm during Cleopatra’s time!

At Coastal Connecticut Research in New London some of our research studies have tested investigational products for birth control.  Sponsors of these studies understand some women are looking for choices in regards to family planning.   Just as every woman in different, choices in pregnancy prevention will differ as well.

If you are a woman of child bearing age who is not interested in currently starting a family, and you would like to learn more about birth control clinical research studies, contact our team today at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Welcome Kelley!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

We would like to warmly welcome Kelley Sanok RN to the CCRstudies.team!

In her new role,  Kelley will serve our site as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Financial Coordinator.  Prior to becoming an RN, Kelley worked as a Study Director and Scientist for Pfizer.  Her role at Pfizer involved performing preclinical laboratory testing, protocol and standard operating procedures development and quality assurance audits.  Her nursing roles have involved serving as a home care nurse case manager,  and primary care nurse, playing an important role in the treatment of patients. She holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Connecticut with majors in Nursing and Allied Health.

Kelley is a Ledyard, Connecticut native and resides with her family in Stonington.

What’s New at CCRstudies

Monday, June 26th, 2017

It’s summertime!  It’s an exciting time for Coastal Connecticut Research in New London.  We have a variety of new studies we will be launching, and we continue to seek volunteers for our current studies including Migraine Prevention, Mild Memory Loss, and Overactive Bladder.

In addition to launching some new studies this summer, we’re also welcoming a new member to our staff.  Kelley Sanok RN has joined the CCRstudies team as a Research Nurse and Study Coordinator.  We are delighted to welcome Kelley, who is a Ledyard native and Stonington resident.  Kelley holds dual degrees from the University of Connecticut including a BS in Nursing and a BS in Allied Health.

We are also wishing the very best of luck to Jessie Hatfield LPN and Sarah Ballard LPN who are moving on to new adventures in their life.

Jessie had been with our site since 2011 and has been accepted into the RN program at Three Rivers Community College. She is going to be devoting herself to her studies this fall and we wish her the best of luck! Jessie had a tremendous rapport with her patients and kept things very lively at our site with her sense of humor and zest for life.   Sarah Ballard LPN, who worked as our Financial Coordinator has landed a full-time position in her chosen field, accounting, and we wish her well in her new endeavor.  Sarah worked part-time at our site since 2015 while balancing her life responsibilities and full time school work.  After earning her Associates in Accounting this past May she set a goal of working full time in her field and landed a new job doing what she lives.   Again, best of luck to Sarah and Jessie.

If you are interested in learning more about our current and upcoming studies, or if you want to learn more about our no cost memory screenings, contact us today at (860) 443-4567.  We look forward to telling you what’s new at CCRstudies!

 

 

No Cost Memory Screenings

Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is offering no cost, confidential memory screenings as a service to the community for memory loss or suspected early signs of Alzheimer’s.

If you are concerned about memory loss, have a family history of memory loss, or live with someone experiencing suspected memory loss call Coastal Connecticut Research at (860) 443-4567 to book a screening appointment.  Evaluations take around 30 minutes and results can be forwarded to health care providers with consent.

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 free 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.

Coastal Connecticut Research is located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London.  Visit www.CCRstudies.com to learn more about the research site.

Migraine Headaches

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

For years, Susan had been living with incapacitating headaches that sometimes caused her to miss work or family events.  The headaches began in her late teens and have lasted until now, her mid-30’s.  Sometimes the headaches would start on a Monday and stretch all the way until Wednesday.  Quite frequently with these headaches Susan would experience nausea, as well as sensitivity to lights and sounds.  When these headaches came on, Susan would turn off all the lights, avoid people and hunker down.  What Susan did not realize is her headaches were in fact migraines!

Not everyone who lives with migraine headaches realize they are in fact getting a migraine.  3 million Americans are currently suffering with this condition.  Vision can become blurred, people can experience fatigue, stomach upset, and intense, throbbing pain.

Research is underway in New London testing an investigational medication for the prevention of migraine headaches. Dr. Laurence Radin, Dr. Edward McDermott, and Andrea Stewart APRN are members of a  Migraine Prevention Study  research team in New London. Individuals living with migraine headaches who may wish to learn more about this 9-month research study are welcome to call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

 

Understanding Alzheimer’s Research

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the first annual Senior Strong Summit in Mystic, Connecticut. The program focused on topics ranging from estate planning to Alzheimer’s disease care giving and research.  The event was organized by the Mystic Geriatrics Institute, an newly formed non-profit with a focus on the changing face of elder care and empowering seniors.

We feel it’s important to participate in such events to educate the public on the important role research plays in the future treatment of disease.  Ideally those who conduct research throughout the world can someday find a cure for this global epidemic of the aging population which currently affects 5 million Americans.  What we shared with those in attendance is the current research at our site takes different approaches to Alzheimer’s.  Some of studies testing investigational medications focus on improving Alzheimer’s symptoms, with a future goal of better treating the disease.   We have tested investigational medications designed to target memory, thinking, reasoning and cognition. We are also in the process of testing an investigational medication for those living with mild dementia designed to promote better sleep.  Observational studies, those studies that do not test a medication, have looked at ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately. Some observational studies focus on biomarkers such as blood,  brain wave patterns and Amyloid proteins on the brain.  Just as each and every person is different, each and every research study we conduct is different. Our studies are conducted with highest ethical standards.

As noted to those who attended the Senior Strong Summit, clinical research follows a protocol which is black and white, but Alzheimer’s disease has many shades of gray and creates some complex issues for the person suffering from the disease and those caring for the person living with the disease.   Those who consent to clinical research are participating as volunteers, and their participation can someday help others living with the same condition.

Call us at (860) 443-4567 if you would like to learn more about research or wish for us to participate in your next event.

 

Let’s Hear from You!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Are you an active member of the community?  Does your organization promote good work throughout the region? We’d like to hear from you!

Coastal Connecticut Research has been active in the community, participating in health fairs, senior expos, free memory screenings, and free lectures. We have the opportunity to meet potential volunteers throughout the region and we often include this information on our website and Facebook page.

We’ve decided since so many exciting things are happening in our region, it’s important to share with others!  So, please let us know what you and your group are up to and we’ll help spread the word through our social media pages.  Call MaryLou Gannotti who handles our outreach at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.  We can’t wait to hear your good news!

Technology and the Brain

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

We in the 21st century are living in an advanced age.  At the click of our fingers, we have access to a plethora of information thanks to the world wide web.  Virtually everyone carries a smartphone, a revolution in technology.  So much for looking things up in our “Funk and Wagnalls” encyclopedia!

The advent of technology has also had an impact on modern medicine and research.  Technology that provides “a window on the brain”* has become a part of the clinical trial process for Alzheimer’s research.

To better treat Alzheimer’s, we need to better understand the disease.  Research which looks at markers for having dementia – brain wave patterns, blood, thinking, reasoning, and remembering, can help better diagnose and ultimately monitor Alzheimer’s  in the future.  MRI’s, CT scans and PET scans are also utilized.

A research registry is currently enrolling eligible volunteers ages 50 and above who have cognitive impairment of suspected Alzheimer’s disease.  The research opportunity provides a no cost PET scan (positron emmission tomography),  This “picture of the brain” will help to identify the amyloid plaque (a buildup of sticky protein) in the brain.  These proteins are one of the hallmarks of memory disease.

Those who are interested in learning more about research opportunities for individuals with memory loss are welcome to contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860) 443-4567.  The memory loss research team includes local neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin, Andrea Stewart APRN, Diane Palmer RN, Jeannine Elliott RN and Jessie Hatfield LPN.

 

 

 

 

 

*The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Are You Constipated?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Sally has to put her legs up on a stool in order to help facilitate a bowel movement. Her bm’s are infrequent and she usually finds herself straining and unable to “get it all out.”

Jim finds he can’t poop more than three times a week, and even then he has hard, lumpy stools. Jim has used stool softeners, laxatives, and  tried eating more high fiber foods, but he still suffers from constipation.

Statistics show over 60 million Americans live with chronic constipation.  CCRstudies is currently conducting constipation research evaluating an FDA approved medication in a new formulation.

Coastal Connecticut Research has recently welcomed gastroenterologist Dr. Alan Greenwald to our research office, and he is serving as an investigator on the study along with Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Edward McDermott Jr.  Individuals who are living with constipation and who wish to learn more about becoming a research volunteer can call (860) 443-4567.

 

Volunteers are Special

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

We are so grateful to our many study volunteers! These men and women come from diverse backgrounds, but share a desire to help others through research.

As our volunteers complete a study, we ask them to evaluate their experience with us.  It is always heartwarming to see what comments study participants share with us upon their departure.

Recently “J”  from the Connecticut’s Quiet Corner completed a study with us.  According to “J” her overall experience was “outstanding” and she “wants to come back.”  We hope to see “J” again, and remind those who have participated in a study they are welcome to participate in future studies should they meet the criteria.

There is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial and no insurance is needed.  Call a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more at (860) 443-4567.  Your privacy will be respected and your participation will remain confidential.  We look forward to hearing from you!