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Covid-19 PEP Study

Saturday, May 9th, 2020

A groundbreaking effort seeking volunteers from states including Connecticut is being announced. The PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) Study is seeking to evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment for people exposed to Covid-19. Scientists are seeking a preventative treatment.

COVID-19 PEP Study

Celebrating Nurses!

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

It’s National Nurses Week!  Where would we be without our nurses?  Thank you Diane Palmer, RN and Kelley Sanok, RN, for providing the highest quality care to all of our study patients.  Thank you for all of the behind-the-scenes work you do in the very detailed and involved field of clinical research.  You ladies are rock stars!  And, a special thank you to all those on the front lines during the Covid-19 pandemic.  Your selflessness is amazing.  Thank you!

 

 

 

Keeping Our Patients Safe and Healthy

Thursday, May 7th, 2020

Thank you for your continued participation in research during these unprecedented times.

In order to continue to operate safely, we request you inform our site if you have been in contact recently with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This could be a family member you live with, a colleague at work, or someone you may care for.

As you are aware our site has a variety of measures and protocols in place in order to comply with social distancing initiatives and to keep our patients and staff safe and healthy.

We appreciate your support in this endeavor and thank you for being a dedicated research volunteer.

You are welcome to call us at (860)443-4567.

Thank you again for your cooperation and participation.

Dr. Robert M. Spitz

Medical Director

Coastal Connecticut Research

 

Doing Our Part!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

It’s been quite a month here in Southeastern Connecticut as we work together to flatten the curve against COVID-19.  Please allow us to thank our many study volunteers to continue to participate in research.  We would also like to thank the doctors, nurses, pharmacists, first responders, grocery store workers, and all those staffing essential businesses who are on the front lines of the Coronavirus pandemic. We also offer our deepest condolences to those families who have lost a loved one as a result of COVID-19.

Research is underway throughout the world trying to create an effective vaccine for the disease. Now more than ever, we shine a light on how important research is to improving our world.

It seems that many of us are living day to day, doing our best to comply with social distancing and keep others safe and healthy.  Spring in New England is typically a time we witness blossoming beauty all around us.  Here is hoping our world can heal and we can all do our part to stay safe, healthy and keep others safe and healthy.

 

How Are You Doing?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2020

How are you doing?  We sincerely hope you and your loved ones are in good health.  A few months ago who knew the term “social distancing” would become such a part of our everyday lives?  We appreciate all of our study volunteers who have continued to participate in research (with the proper safety measure and protocols in place.)  We also are proud to work in the important field of research. Many Americans who were once unfamiliar with the term “clinical trial” are beginning to hear more about how important it is to find new ways of treating disease, illness and chronic conditions.

While life as we once knew it may be temporarily on hold, there are many things you can do to continue to enjoy your quality of life.  Journal.  Keep a gratitude list. Go out for a walk each day (keeping proper social distance of course!)  Gaze up at a clear blue sky. Play with your dog.  Hug your kids.  Place a zoom call with some old friends.  Play scrabble.  Sit down for a meal with your family.  Smile. Breathe deeply.  Meditate. You get the picture.

We are still screening patients for our hot flash study and are pre-screening patients over the telephone for studies including migraines and work productivity, Parkinson’s disease, birth control and Alzheimer’s disease.  If you wish to learn more, contact us, we’re here – (860)443-4567.

Stay well!

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.