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Understanding Alzheimer’s Research

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the first annual Senior Strong Summit in Mystic, Connecticut. The program focused on topics ranging from estate planning to Alzheimer’s disease care giving and research.  The event was organized by the Mystic Geriatrics Institute, an newly formed non-profit with a focus on the changing face of elder care and empowering seniors.

We feel it’s important to participate in such events to educate the public on the important role research plays in the future treatment of disease.  Ideally those who conduct research throughout the world can someday find a cure for this global epidemic of the aging population which currently affects 5 million Americans.  What we shared with those in attendance is the current research at our site takes different approaches to Alzheimer’s.  Some of studies testing investigational medications focus on improving Alzheimer’s symptoms, with a future goal of better treating the disease.   We have tested investigational medications designed to target memory, thinking, reasoning and cognition. We are also in the process of testing an investigational medication for those living with mild dementia designed to promote better sleep.  Observational studies, those studies that do not test a medication, have looked at ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately. Some observational studies focus on biomarkers such as blood,  brain wave patterns and Amyloid proteins on the brain.  Just as each and every person is different, each and every research study we conduct is different. Our studies are conducted with highest ethical standards.

As noted to those who attended the Senior Strong Summit, clinical research follows a protocol which is black and white, but Alzheimer’s disease has many shades of gray and creates some complex issues for the person suffering from the disease and those caring for the person living with the disease.   Those who consent to clinical research are participating as volunteers, and their participation can someday help others living with the same condition.

Call us at (860) 443-4567 if you would like to learn more about research or wish for us to participate in your next event.

 

Let’s Hear from You!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Are you an active member of the community?  Does your organization promote good work throughout the region? We’d like to hear from you!

Coastal Connecticut Research has been active in the community, participating in health fairs, senior expos, free memory screenings, and free lectures. We have the opportunity to meet potential volunteers throughout the region and we often include this information on our website and Facebook page.

We’ve decided since so many exciting things are happening in our region, it’s important to share with others!  So, please let us know what you and your group are up to and we’ll help spread the word through our social media pages.  Call MaryLou Gannotti who handles our outreach at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.  We can’t wait to hear your good news!

Coastal Connecticut Research in the Community

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

It’s been a busy winter thus far at Coastal Connecticut Research.  We continue to serve the community through a variety of endeavors such as educational presentations and through our Mobile Memory Clinics.  Members of the CCRstudies team had the good fortune of visiting the AHEPA apartments on Hamilton Avenue in Norwich to conduct free memory screenings and we will be conducting a no cost Mobile Memory Clinic at the AHEPA apartments in Groton later this month. Thanks to Taylor Martinez of AHEPA for helping to coordinate this event. Her hospitality is greatly appreciated.

Mike Minarsky and his morning crew at Wolverine Radio 1690AM graciously provided us with the opportunity to be guests on the morning show.  CCRstudies team member MaryLou Gannotti was Mike’s guest for the hour.  The two discussed clinical research studies, and Mike was particularly interested in learning more about the Overactive Bladder study for women ages 65 and older.  There was also discussion on our Mobile Memory Clinics and no cost memory testing.  We highlighted our current research and discussed past studies as well.  It was a great opportunity to get the word out regarding studies and Mike and his morning crew have invited us back for a future appearance.  We can’t wait!

If you are a member of a community organization who wishes to learn more about Coastal Connecticut Research and our outreach endeavors, contact MaryLou Gannotti by phone at (860)443-4567 or email mailto:marylou@ccrstudies.com.  If you would like to learn more about research, contact a member of the study team at (860)443-4567.

Observational Alzheimer’s Study

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Volunteers are needed for an exploratory, observational clinical study for memory loss in New London.  The study is looking to see if having markers for dementia, such as brain wave patterns, blood, and cognition will help diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s Disease more easily and earlier in the future.  Coastal Connecticut Research is seeking individuals in the early stages of memory loss to participate in this clinical research trial.

If you or someone you know living with dementia is under the age of 90, you may be eligible to participate in this clinical research study.  Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin is the study doctor.  The study team is comprised of highly trained nurses and Qualified Dementia Care Specialists.

Study tests are non-invasive.  All study-related labs, exams and testing are provided at no cost.  No insurance is required. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.  If you have questions or interest in this study, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Community Outreach

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Sarah Ballard, LPN, Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, and MaryLou Gannotti, PR & Communications, met quite a few individuals at the Total Life Expo this past weekend at Mohegan Sun.  In all, CCRstudies was able to provide 24 memory screenings at the all-day event.

Quite a few people visited our booth, and many indicated they were interested in memory screenings but “feared” the result, and did not wish to know.  Early detection is key in creating a treatment plan for those who are living with memory loss.  While we understand the fear and apprehension some people face, we stress that our memory screenings are confidential and results can be shared with your health care providers if you wish.  A tremendous burden is faced by caregivers and over 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s and while early detection will not prevent the inevitable, it does a tremendous amount to help raise awareness and help to identify how to move forward.

Study volunteers are needed for a variety of clinical research trials here in New London, and we are so pleased to have met some wonderful individuals at the Total Life Expo.  Many thanks to the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to participate in this worthwhile event.  Contact us today at (860)443-4567.

Free Memory Screenings at Total Life Expo

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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Coastal Connecticut Research (CCRstudies) will be providing free memory screenings at the Total Life Expo, presented by the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce at Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, September 17th, 2016.  We’ll be on hand from 10 am to 3pm for those who wish to visit our booth.  The memory screenings are part of the Alzheimer Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening program.

Sarah Ballard, LPN, Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, will be conducting the screenings.  Results are confidential but can be forwarded to health care provided with the consent of the person who has undergone the memory screening.

Admission is free to the event.

Observational Alzheimer’s Study

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Alzheimer’s patients and healthy volunteers are needed to participate in an exploratory, observational clinical study being conducted in New London at Coastal Connecticut Research. New London County Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin is the study doctor. The intent of the study is to help diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s Disease more easily and earlier in the fut
Those who may be eligible to participate in the study are living with mild to moderate memory loss and under the age of 90.
There are 2 study visits over the course of 1 year.  No study drug is involved. The Alzheimer’s patient can continue with his or her usual medication and diet as normal.
There is no cost to participate in this clinical research study, no insurance is needed, and reimbursement is available to the study patient for time and travel. Study tests are non-invasive and are provided at no cost.  Study procedures, including an MRI (if needed) and a EEG are performed at no cost.
If you are interested in participating as an Alzheimer’s patient or as a healthy volunteer, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team today at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com. Referrals are also welcome.
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Mobile Memory Clinic

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Memory matters and early detection is key in creating a plan of action for an individual living with memory loss.

Coastal Connecticut Research, (CCRstudies), offers free, confidential memory screenings as part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Program.  Our Mobile Memory Clinics have been conducted at a variety of events and locations throughout Southeastern Connecticut.  On Thursday, June 23rd, we will be conducting no cost memory testing at the Chase Manor Health Fair, 85 Norman Road in Norwich.  The event will run from 1:00 pm – 3:00pm. Residents of Chase Manor and the public are invited to visit our booth to gather information regarding our current clinical research.  Diane Palmer, RN, Site Administrator of Coastal Connecticut Research and Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, will be conducting the free memory screenings.

Those who cannot attend the event who wish to learn more about our no cost memory screenings can contact MaryLou Gannotti at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com

Research In New London

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Something we have heard on occasion is “I didn’t know they did research in New London!”  This phrase typically comes from an individual who meets a member of the CCRstudies team while attending one of the many community events we participate in.  Recently, CCRstudies had a booth at the Child & Family Agency CT Strong Job Fair held at New London High School.  To the delight of quite a few in attendance, we were able to share volunteer opportunities with people in regards to clinical trial participation.  Our next community event will occur on June 23rd at Chase Manor, 85 Norman Road in Norwich, as we conduct free memory screenings.

CCRstudies is a dedicated medical research facility specializing in health care clinical trials for women and men.  We are located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London, above Montauk GYN.  Robert M. Spitz, MD, is the Founder and Medical Director of CCRstudies. Our medical team is comprised of board-certified physicians, APRN’s, RN’s, LPN’s, Clinical Research Coordinators and Qualified Dementia Care Specialists.

When we encounter someone who is not familiar with clinical research, we do our best to educate the individual in regards to what research trials entail. Typically, this involves explaining that during the course of a research study we will be evaluating an investigational medication for the treatment of a specific symptom or condition. In addition, there are trials that involve testing an investigational device, and some studies that do not involve medication, but are observational. We are also very clear that no research is conducted without the patient’s consent.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of clinical research studies here in New London.  If you are curious about what research entails, or would like to learn more about possibly volunteering, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

 

 

CCRstudies Community Events

Monday, May 16th, 2016

It’s going to be a busy spring season for CCRstudies.   We will be on the move in the coming weeks reaching out to members of the community.

On Tuesday, May 18th, CCRstudies has been invited to participate the Sound Community Services Annual Wellness Fair  from 3:00p.m. -7:00p.m.  This is a free event sponsored by Sound Community Services, 21 Montauk Avenue in New London,  for their staff and clients.  We will be providing information regarding our current clinical research trials. In addition, Qualified Dementia Care Specialist and CCRstudies Site Administrator Diane Palmer, RN, will be providing no cost memory screenings (by appointment) to those in attendance.  Booths and activities will also include stress management, financial management, fitness demonstrations, community resources, yoga & massage, a mocktail social hour, and more. We look forward to meeting people at this event!

On May 24th MaryLou Gannotti, who specializes in outreach for CCRstudies, will be conducting a presentation on Overactive Bladder (OAB) at Hamilton Park Apartments in Norwich. Residents are encouraged to attend to learn more about the condition of Overactive Bladder.  We will share information on our currently enrolling OAB study in addition to other research trials underway.  This will be our second presentation at Hamilton Park and we are eager to return to greet residents and share information.

If you wish to learn more about CCRstudies and our participation in community events and outreach, contact MaryLou Gannotti at (860)443-4567 or email MaryLou@ccrstudies.com.