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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


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  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

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