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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!

Mobile Memory Clinic

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Coastal Connecticut Research recently partnered with the New England Cognitive Center in New London to conduct a Mobile Memory Clinic to promote Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  We had a great response from the community and conducted several no cost memory screenings during this event.  Many thanks to Diane Palmer, RN and Patti Said, Executive Director of the New England Cognitive Center for conducting multiple screenings.

We have found those who attend the Mobile Memory Clinics do so for a variety of reasons.  Some individuals are having “senior moments,” and we are often contacted by a spouse or an adult child who has noticed some changes in language in behavior.  Other individuals who attend our Mobile Memory Clinics have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease and want to take advantage of the no cost screening.  We have also found we are joined by people as young as in their 30’s and 40’s who feel a “check up from the neck up” is an important part of one’s overall health.

Coastal Connecticut Research is an associate member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  We have conducted well over 100 no cost memory screenings since the inception of our Mobile Memory Clinics in 2015.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

 

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been conducting studies for men and women who have been affected by mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease for the past several years.  We have also been providing no cost memory screenings as a public service to raise awareness of possible memory loss.

June is when the longest day of the year occurs – the summer solstice. To mark “the longest day,” our site has partnered with the New England Cognitive Center (NECC) in New London to present a Mobile Memory Clinic.  No cost memory screenings will be available by appointment on Tuesday, June 18th from 1pm – 3pm at the NECC in New London.  The NECC is a not-for-profit organization which has been nationally recognized for piloting memory programs.  It’s located at 464 Ocean Avenue in New London, above the popular Saeed’s restaurant.

To make you appointment for a no cost memory screening contact MaryLou Gannotti at Coastal Connecticut Research by telephone at (860)443-4567 or by email at marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Join Us!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The unofficial start to summer in the region, Memorial Day weekend, allowed us to enjoy some fantastic and much needed warmth and sunshine.  Summertime in Southeastern Connecticut is full of activities, and as we continue with our spring happenings, we invite you to join us!

MaryLou Gannotti who handles outreach for our site will be visiting the PACE Adult Day Center on Union Street in Westerly the afternoon of Wednesday, June 11th to discuss Alzheimer’s research at the monthly support group meeting of caregivers.

On Wednesday, June 12, Dr. Robert M. Spitz will be the featured speaker at monthly meeting of the Southeast Senior Network. Dr. Spitz will talk about the importance of clinical research studies. The event will be held at Groton Regency on Poquonnock Road in Groton.

Our commitment to Alzheimer’s early detection will continue on Tuesday, June 18th from 1-3pm.  Coastal Connecticut Research, in collaboration with the New England Cognitive Center on Ocean Avenue in New London, will be offering no cost memory testing with dementia care specialist Diane Palmer, RN.  To date, our site has conducted over 100 no cost memory screenings.  That week marks the summer solstice and the “longest day” to raise Alzheimer’s Awareness.

Please contact MaryLou Gannotti at (860)443-4567 for further information or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

 

Spring Happenings

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Our New England spring was off to a slow start in April and early May with some less than stellar weather – quite a bit of rain and colder than normal temperatures – but now the spring landscape has us thinking about summer and warmer weather endeavors. June is around the corner and is shaping up to be a busy month at Coastal Connecticut Research.

On June 12 our medical director Dr. Robert Spitz will discuss the important role volunteers play in clinical research at the monthly meeting of the Southeast Senior Network to be held at Groton Regency on Poquonnock Road in Groton.  The event kicks off with networking at 8am followed by Dr. Spitz speaking to the group.  We hope to see you there!

Plans are also underway to partner with the New England Cognitive Center to conduct no cost memory screenings in late June to mark the “longest day” of the year.  We’re finalizing our date right now and will send an eblast once confirmed.  Join our email newsletter if you have not yet – the link is available on this website.

In between these events we’ll be present at a variety of community meetings and look forward to meeting you in our travels!  If you are curious about research you can always call our site at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com  to learn more.
Thank you!

May Happenings- CCRstudies

Thursday, May 9th, 2019

We’ve had a busy start to the very month of May here at Coastal Connecticut Research.

MaryLou Gannotti traveled to the MS Dream Center in Cranston, Rhode Island to share information about the INROADS study for MS walking impairment.  We were able to meet a wonderful group of people who meet for support and companionship.  The MS Dream Center is a non-profit organization for people with MS and their care partners to empower them with support, awareness, education and activities.  What a special place!

Diane Palmer, RN, our site administrator, conducted no cost memory screenings during our Mobile Memory Clinic event at the Public Library of New London.  Our memory screenings have proven to be popular with all time slots filled in advance by appointment.  We appreciate providing this service to the community as we participate in Alzheimer’s disease awareness.  It is always a pleasure meeting people from the community.  Many who participated the memory screenings have concerns over family history of memory loss and therefore wish further investigate this resource.  We encourage anyone who is interested in our Mobile Memory Clinics to contact our site at 860-443-4567.

We have more outreach activities planned for the merry month of May and we look forward to meeting people in our region!

What’s New at CCRstudies

Monday, May 6th, 2019

What’s new at Coastal Connecticut Research?  We’ve been busy this spring!  (Although with all the rain in April and early May, we’re kind of still waiting for that lovely spring weather!)

We visited the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center in late April where Dr. Robert M. Spitz discussed the important role women play in healthcare research.   Special thanks to those who attended and asked questions regarding topics ranging from the changes in birth control over the past 30 years and physiological changes that occur with menopause. We also participated in the Mind, Body and Soul Event at Genesis Rehabilitation in Groton, better known as the Groton Regency.  We have a variety of events scheduled in May.  We’ll be visiting the MS Dream Center of Rhode Island on May 7th, we’re conducting a Mobile Memory Clinic at the Public Library of New London from 1-3pm on May 8th and we’ll be attending the Southeast Senior Network and M Team May meetings.  In June Dr. Robert Spitz will be addressing the Southeast Senior Network at their monthly meeting where he will introduce those in attendance to clinical research and the role of the volunteer.

We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with people from the community.  If you are interested in an education presentation or Mobile Memory Clinic, contact MaryLou Gannotti at 860-443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

On the Road Again!

Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Cue up Willie Nelson, because we’re “on the road again.”  Seriously, we just can’t wait to get on the road again.  There are so many community events this spring we are participating in.  Please join us!

April 25- Norwich Bulletin Senior Health Expo, Holiday Inn, Laura Blvd., Norwich – 9am -noon

April 25- 6pm – Women in Research Presentation with Dr. Robert M. Spitz, Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 27 Chase Street, Pawcatuck

April 27- Groton Regency Health Fair, 10am – 1pm; 1145 Poquonnock Road, Groton

May 7- MS Dream Center of RI presentation on MS Walking Impairment study, Cranston, RI

May 8- No cost memory screenings (by appointment); Public Library of New London, Huntington St., New London

May 15- Active Living Expo, Groton Senior Center 10am – 1pm; Newtown Road, Groton

 

See you on the road!  Learn more about research!  As always, thanks for our volunteers for making these clinical research studies possible.

Women in Research with Dr. Spitz

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

 

Dr. Robert Spitz at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center

Did you know just as recently as 25 years ago women did not play a major role in evaluating medications through the clinical trial process?  The reasoning behind this had a lot to do with the physiological differences between men and women, namely, hormonal changes brought about by menstruation and menopause.

As the years went on it was realized it made very little sense to prescribe a medication to a woman that had only been tested on a man.  Changes were made in how we evaluate investigational products and today, thankfully, women are no longer unwelcome from what appeared to be at one time an exclusive “boy’s club.”

Dr. Robert M. Spitz has been a primary investigator for women’s healthcare clinical trials for over two decades. He will bring his expertise and a wealth of information to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center on April 25th at 6pm to discuss the important role women play in clinical health care research.  He will share with those in attendance his experience as a physician and primary investigator of research studies.  The event is sponsored by the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 27 Chase Street in Pawcatuck, and there is no cost to attend.  Questions will be encouraged!

Call to learn more at 860-443-4567.