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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.

Clinical Trials and You

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

When filling a prescription at the pharmacy, have you ever stopped to think about how this medication became available to you?  (Probably not, we’re guessing!)

Thanks to clinical research studies, new treatment options for a variety of conditions have become available to people by prescription.  These research studies are overseen by the FDA and closely monitored throughout the duration of the trial.

At Coastal Connecticut Research, our trial participants, people just like you, volunteer for research studies. Their participation ultimately impacts whether or not a study medication will be available for prescription and how that medication may be labeled.  There is no cost to the volunteer to participate, no insurance is needed and reimbursement may be available for time and travel.

Research participation is voluntary. Study volunteers are well informed of the number of office visits they are expected to attend and what each visit involves.  The potential benefits of the study medication and potential side effects are also discussed at the first visit to the research site.

Participation begins with a conversation with a member of the CCRstudies team.  After conducting a thorough telephone evaluation, our staff will confirm whether or not you are eligible to come in for a screening visit.

So, the next time you fill your prescription at the pharmacy counter, please consider how your participation in a clinical trial could someday impact others.

We look forward to sharing more!  Call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567.



On the Road with CCRstudies

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Coastal Connecticut Research has been busy in the past few weeks as part of the CCRstudies speaker series.  In March we traveled to the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center where Dr. Robert M.  Spitz, our medical director and a primary investigator, discussed the important role women have played in clinical research studies and gave an overview of some of the studies we have conducted at our site. Dr. Spitz also addressed a large group at Waterford Senior Services on the condition of Overactive Bladder,  including signs and symptoms of OAB.  He highlighted some of the products evaluated at our site as part of OAB clinical research trials.  There we some great questions from the group and the event was followed up by a podcast recording on Overactive Bladder for the Waterford Senior Buzz with Kathy Pierce, assistant director for Waterford Senior Services.  Call to learn more about how your organization or group can be a part of the CCRstudies Speaker Series. Call (860) 443-4567 or email MaryLou Gannotti at  Here’s a highlight from the OAB event:

Stay Active – Participate in Research!

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Welcome to New England. If you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes!  (Thank you Mark Twain for your inspiration.) Late winter in our region is a combination of snow, slush, sunshine, the occasional warm day and many a cold night.  Has late winter given you a bit of cabin fever?  Why not visit our research site to find out just what we do!

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London would like to invite you to learn more about research. Your role is confidential and there is no cost to participate in a clinical research study. All study-related care is at no cost and reimbursement may be available for time and travel. No insurance is needed.

“Why should I volunteer?”  you might ask.  To this we respond, “why not?”  Volunteering for a clinical research study is doing something beyond yourself.  While you may have a particular interest in evaluating a study product for a particular condition, your involvement in a research trial can have a ripple effect in ultimately helping others.  Have you ever given blood?  Most people give blood because they know someday someone might need it.  In clinical research, our study volunteers evaluate investigational products that might someday be available by prescription to help to treat or alleviate symptoms of common conditions or diseases.  To date, 19 products evaluated at our research site have been granted FDA approval.  We are very proud to be involved in the advancement of medicine through research.

So, if you are feeling like you want to get out of the house, take a break from your regular routine and find out more about research, give our site a call at 860-443-4567 or email

Save the Date! CCRstudies Community Events

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

We are pleased to announce Dr. Robert M. Spitz, our founder, medical director, and prinicipal investigator, will be speaking to community members about clinical research and common conditions that can affect the quality of life.

On Wednesday, March 6th, at 11:30am Dr. Spitz will visit the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center to discuss the important role women play in research.  Did you know just 25 years ago many women did not participate in clinical research studies?  The following day, on March 7th, at 12:30pm, we’ll visit the Waterford Senior Center for a lunch and learn on Overactive Bladder.  The evening of April 25th we will return to the Pawcatuck Senior Center for another presentation of the important role women play in clinical research.  The evening event will give those in the area who were unable to join us during the day the opportunity to learn about the important role women play in clinical research and what is involved in women’s healthcare research.

On Wednesday, May 8th, Diane Palmer, RN will conduct no cost memory screenings at the Public Library of New London from 1-3pm.  These screenings are an important first step in helping to identify possible signs of memory loss.

Coastal Connecticut Research is happy to contribute to the community through outreach, education and no cost memory screenings.  Call to learn more about our programs and events. Ask for MaryLou at (860)443-4567 or email 

Time for You with Dr. Spitz

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Dr. Robert M. Spitz, founder and medical director of Coastal Connecticut Research, will be a presenter at the “Time for Me” Wednesday Wellness series at the Spa at Norwich Inn on February 13th.

Do you wish your health care provider had more time for you to answer some of your questions?  Have you ever wondered about emerging trends in women’s healthcare and women’s healthcare research?  Women play a pivotal role in the advancement of medicine thanks to their participation in clinical research trials.

Dr. Spitz has conducted a variety of research studies on conditions affecting women of all ages including decreased sex drive, overactive bladder, urinary leakage, birth control, endometriosis, hot flashes and night sweats, feminine dryness and painful intercourse.

Dr. Spitz will be discussing the latest research studies at Coastal Connecticut Research as well as how participating in a clinical research study differs from the average visit to your health care provider. The event is not an open forum and therefore pre-registration is required by the Spa at Norwich Inn.  Spa Package Information.

Alzheimer’s Caregivers

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Are you a caregiver of a person who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease?  Has your loved one become agitated, moody, and mean at times?  Are yelling, cursing and combativeness part of the daily routine? Almost half of those who have Alzheimer’s disease will develop symptoms of agitation. This can include outbursts, pacing, repetition and other troubling behaviors.  For the caregiver, it’ s a turbulent time.

Research is underway to test an investigational study product for the treatment of Alzheimer’s agitation.  Learn more about research in this field by contacting a member of the CCRstudies team at 860-443-4567.


CCRstudies Speaker Series

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

Thanks to the East Lyme Senior Center and thanks all those who attended a discussion on Overactive Bladder (OAB) at the center.  Dr. Robert M. Spitz shared information on the condition of OAB and discussed clinical research trials for OAB for which he has served as primary investigator.

Part of the discussion focused on the fact an overactive bladder is not necessarily an “unhealthy” bladder.  Rather, it’s a bladder that is not receiving the correct signals!  Questions posed to the doctor included “why do I wake up with a soaking wet pad?” “Is drinking wine affecting my need to urinate?” and “how do treatments for other conditions impact my overactive bladder?”

We look forward to continuing the CCRstudies Speaker Series in February at the Norwich Inn and Spa where Dr. Spitz will discuss the important role women play in clinical research trials. The event takes place on February 13th at 6pm as part of the “Time for Me” Wednesday Wellness Series.   

OAB Presentation at East Lyme Senior Center

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Are you a woman who frequently urinates and rushes to the bathroom? Up at night to pee? Leaking?  Overactive Bladder is a real medication condition many women experience.  On Monday, January 14th Dr. Robert M. Spitz of Coastal Connecticut Research in New London will be discussing Overactive Bladder (OAB) at the East Lyme Senior Center at 10:30 a.m.   This educational presentation is part of our commitment to the community.  The event is at no cost and is open to the public. The East Lyme Senior Center is located at 37 Society Road in Niantic in the same complex as the community center.  In his role as a Primary Investigator at Coastal Connecticut Research Dr. Spitz has overseen a variety of clinical research studies on OAB and urinary incontinence.