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Low Sex Drive

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

For quite a few women their once active sex lives have hit the skids.  A woman can likely still love her partner and crave intimacy, but thanks to hormonal shifts and physiological changes, desire and good sex are a thing of the past.

Coastal Connecticut Research is involved in a study testing a daily cream product to evaluate its impact on sexual desire, interest and satisfying sexual events.  Women who once had the urge to be intimate and had a satisfying sex life, but now experience lack of desire and lack of satisfaction, may be interested in learning more. This is a condition many women live with, but few are open to discussing due to the personal and intimate nature of the subject.

Contact a member of the CCRstudies team to discuss research for decreased sexual desire.  If you would like to learn more about becoming a research volunteer, call (860) 443-4567.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017


CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

November is national Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research, we’ve been heavily involved in the fight against Alzheimer’s.  We have conducted a variety of Alzheimer’s clinical research studies with primary investigator Dr. Laurence Radin, who specializes in neurology.  We have also provided community members with no cost memory screenings

as a public service through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s early detection program.  To date, over 100 no cost screenings have been offered to the public through our Mobile Memory Clinics.

Over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, a progressive, degenerative condition.  Research will continue to help discover and  develop improved treatments for individuals living with memory loss.

If you or someone you know is living with memory loss, has a family history of memory loss, or would like to learn more about research involving memory loss, call to speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 or email 


Leak When You Laugh?

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Leak when you laugh?  Dribble when you dance?  Cross your legs tightly when you cough or sneeze for fear of pee coming out?

1 in 3 women live with stress urinary incontinence, the involuntary loss of urine.  Weakened pelvic muscles and a weakened sphincter due to childbirth can contribute to this, as well as multiple vaginal deliveries.  Not every woman keeps up with her kegels, and many of us aren’t too thrilled with the idea of kegel balls. Women are more likely than men to live with uncontrolled urine leaks.

What’s a woman to do?  Research is underway in New London for stress urinary incontinence (urine leaks.)  Those interested in learning more are welcome to call (860) 443-4567.  The CCRstudies team is part of a nationwide effort testing an investigational medication for the treatment of involuntary urine leaks.

No Cost Memory Screenings, Total Life Expo

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

For the second consecutive year Coastal Connecticut Research will be offering no cost memory screenings at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Total Life Expo. This massive health fair and vendor exhibition takes place at Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, October 21st from 10 am until 2pm.

We are proud to be associate members of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America enabling us to help fight memory disease through early detection.

Get your no cost “check up from the neck up.”  Think of it as a healthy brain check up!  Can’t make it to the Sun?  Give us a call in our office for your evaluation at 860-443-4567. Our nurses are trained dementia care specialists and we look forward to hearing from you.

Concerned about mild memory or possible Alzheimer’s?  Does a family member have dementia?  (860) 443-4567.

Taking a Chance Every Month?

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Are you a sexually active woman who should be using birth control on a regular basis but isn’t?

It’s the heat of the moment and you and your partner are about to get down and funky.  You’ve been together for several years, and he flat out refuses to wear a condom, saying it doesn’t fit right. Or, if he does use a condom, he does so with a bit of complaint.  You’ve tried the pill, depo-shots, IUD’s, and the feeling of bloat, mood swings and discomfort left you feeling kind of crummy.  There have been a few months you’ve been so caught up in the excitement or romance you have neglected to use birth control.  These moments of forgetfulness can lead to a heck of a lot of responsibility 9 months down the road!

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is conducting a birth control study testing a non-hormonal gel.  Female volunteers are needed for the study.  You will receive the investigational product at no cost. Reimbursement of up to $100 per visit is available for time and travel.  There are 5 study visits over the course of the 36 week research study period.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the local study doctor. All visits take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.

Call today to learn more!  (860) 443-4567. Speak to Kelley, our study nurse, or email

We look forward to hearing from you today.

Who Volunteers for Research?

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Have you ever wondered “who volunteers for research?”

As a research volunteer, your participation is confidential.  We are not going to bump into you at the grocery store and say “Hey, Janie, how’s the birth control study going?”    We will tell you, however, that we have volunteers in our research studies from all walks of life!

Who volunteers for research?  

Let us tell you!

Research volunteers are selfless.

Many volunteers participate in research because they want to help others.  Becoming a research volunteer is a wonderful way to give back and to help advance medicine.

Research volunteers are well informed.

Some research volunteers are investigating health care options, while others are looking at new treatments for conditions.

Research volunteers come from all walks of life. 

Those who have participated in our studies here in New London include nurses, doctors, bus drivers, administrative assistants, writers, artists, designers, engineers, mechanics, stay-at-home moms, business owners, teachers, retirees, and many others.  We’ve had individuals from all walks of life serve as research volunteers.

How can I get involved?

Research begins with a conversation.  Let us know what studies interest you.  Call us at (860) 443-4567 or email

Taking the Sting Out of Lyme Disease

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Coastal Connecticut Research has an occasional column in “The Times” newspaper in Southeastern Connecticut.  Our most recent column discusses Lyme disease.  This was published in “The Times” on 9/11/2017.

There’s a lot we can boast about living in Southeastern Connecticut. Residents have access to Long Island Sound and lovely beaches, great recreation, beautiful vistas and some wonderful tourist attractions.  We also have the distinction of being the “birthplace” of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease has likely been around longer than the first time it was officially recognized in the Lyme, Connecticut area in 1975.  How did our realization that a small tick could wreak such havoc in regards to people’s health come about?  (And let’s not forget our pets affected as well!)

According to the Center for Disease Control, Lyme disease infects 300,000 people per year and is among the fastest growing vector-borne infectious diseases in the U.S.  Lyme disease was initially regarded as an East Coast occurrence, but has now spread throughout US. Abroad, a British rugby player, Matt Dawson,  recently made headlines for chronicling his battle with Lyme. He contracted the disease in England and has become a proponent of educating the public about his ordeal.
The genesis of officially recognizing what we now know today as Lyme disease harkens back to the early 1970’s.  At that time, children and adults in the Lyme area were living with some troubling health issues such as swollen knees, rashes on the skin, headaches, chronic fatigue and in some cases, paralysis.  Many of these individuals had no diagnosis as a result of their symptoms and no treatment.  Apparently, some of the women in this group, including mothers of suffering children, fought hard and advocated to be taken more seriously.  Their tenacity, and the work of researchers, eventually led to the recognition of Lyme disease.

Researchers ultimately learned Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Today, Lyme disease is diagnosed by a combination of signs, symptoms and lab testing.  The diagnosis of Lyme can be complicated by the fact there is no “gold standard” test for the diagnosis of early Lyme disease.  The bullseye rash, known medically as an Erythema Migrans (EM) rash, has been generally accepted as the marker of early Lyme infection.  However, the rash does not appear in all cases.  That rash can also be confused with other rashes.  What are people to do?

Today, researchers continue to study Lyme disease.  A current study underway in New London is aiming to develop a method of detecting Lyme disease earlier.  By establishing a series of tests to detect Lyme, perhaps we can diagnose the disease sooner in individuals who have been bitten by a tick.  Those participating in the study have either the appearance of a bullseye rash due to a tick bite or were recently bitten by a tick and are in the early stages of Lyme.  Those individuals have not yet taken an antibiotic for treatment.

What we do know is Lyme disease can be debilitating.  Through the persistence of people suffering from Lyme disease and going undiagnosed, we ultimately found out just how damaging a tick bite could be.  Through people who have been bitten by a tick coming forward to participate in research, someday we may be able to diagnose the disease sooner, thus treating individuals for the disease sooner.

Those who are interested in learning about Lyme research are welcome to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team by calling (860) 443-4567 or visit

MaryLou Gannotti is the Director of Public Relations and Communications at Coastal Connecticut Research in New London. She can be reached by phone at (860) 443-4567 and by email at

Fall Into Volunteering!

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Labor Day for many marks the “unofficial” end of summer. (Those of us who love the season will cling to every beach day we can get here!)

Some moms might find their days more free thanks to children returning to school.  Are you a woman aged 35 of younger?  Participants are needed for a birth control study testing a non-hormonal vaginal gel.  The gel can be used up to one hour before intercourse.  We encourage you to speak to our study nurse Kelley or another member of the CCRstudies team if you wish to learn more about this study.  Call us at (860) 443-4567.  There is no cost to participate, no cost for the study product, and reimbursement for time and travel up to $100 per completed office visit.


Nationwide Birth Control Study

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Evofem Biosciences, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on the development and commercialization of women’s health products, announced the enrollment of the first patient in a Phase 3 clinical trial evaluating AMPHORA for the prevention of pregnancy.  Coastal Connecticut Research was selected by Evofem Biosciences as research site for the study. Dr. Robert M. Spitz is serving as the Primary Investigator in the study which is being conducted throughout the United States.  Research nurses include Kelley Sanok RN, Jeannine Elliott RN and Diane Palmer RN.

AMPHORA is an investigational compound being studied as a vaginal contraceptive and for the prevention of certain vaginal infections.  The local study is focusing on pregnancy prevention.  Women ages 18-35 throughout the country are participating in the study.

Coastal Connecticut Research has conducted a number of research trials pertaining to women’s healthcare and is announcing upcoming studies on stress urinary incontinence, hot flashes, and decreased sexual desire.

Those interested in learning more can contact the site at (860) 443-4567 or visit  Coastal Connecticut Research is located on Montauk Avenue in New London, CT.

Lisa Bragaw, PharmD Joins Team

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Lisa Bragaw PharmD

We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Bragaw, PharmD to the CCRstudies team.  Lisa is a clinical pharmacist, yogi, and also works in medication management services.

Lisa will lend her vast knowledge of pharmaceuticals, skills and expertise to the studies we conduct here.  She is a familiar face to many in the region as the owner of Zen and Now Wellness Studio in Niantic where she also teaches.  She also works as a Clinical Pharmacist at Simply Pharmacy in Waterford.  Lisa is highly motivated and is involved in the community through a variety of endeavors.  We are truly excited to collaborate with Lisa on her highly popular “Ask a Pharmacist” events.  Welcome Lisa! Namaste.