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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.

 

Are You Constipated?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Sally has to put her legs up on a stool in order to help facilitate a bowel movement. Her bm’s are infrequent and she usually finds herself straining and unable to “get it all out.”

Jim finds he can’t poop more than three times a week, and even then he has hard, lumpy stools. Jim has used stool softeners, laxatives, and  tried eating more high fiber foods, but he still suffers from constipation.

Statistics show over 60 million Americans live with chronic constipation.  CCRstudies is currently conducting constipation research evaluating an FDA approved medication in a new formulation.

Coastal Connecticut Research has recently welcomed gastroenterologist Dr. Alan Greenwald to our research office, and he is serving as an investigator on the study along with Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Edward McDermott Jr.  Individuals who are living with constipation and who wish to learn more about becoming a research volunteer can call (860) 443-4567.

 

Welcome Dr. Greenwald!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

 Alan Greenwald, MD, Digestive Disease Specialist, is now affiliated with Coastal Connecticut Research in New London as a study investigator. Dr. Greenwald will continue to maintain his private practice in New London, Digestive Diseases Associates, while participating as an investigator with Coastal Connecticut Research.

Dr. Greenwald is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is Chairman of the Gastroenterology Department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Dr. Greenwald specializes in all aspects of diseases related to the liver and digestive tract, including nutrition and cancer screening. He will be involved in a constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research. Dr. Greenwald has been selected as one of the Top Docs in Gastroenterology in Connecticut Magazine 2012-2016.

Coastal Connecticut Research, also known as CCRstudies, is a health care facility located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London specializing in clinical research trials. Robert M. Spitz, MD, serves as Medical Director of the site. To learn more regarding the constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research or other research trials, visit www.CCRstudies.com or call (860)443-4567.

Migraine Headache Research

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Research will be underway shortly in New London to test the safety and efficacy of a migraine prevention treatment.  Currently 3 million Americans report they suffer with migraine headaches. Migraine symptoms can range from moderate to severe and the headaches can start as early as childhood or young adulthood.

When someone is suffering from a migraine, they may experience nausea, blurred vision or auras, a sensitivity to lights, sounds, and odors, as well as a persistent throbbing pain behind the eyes or temples. A migraine can be “the mother of all headaches” in regards to the sometimes crippling pain.  This pain may be present on one of both sides of the head.  A migraine can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours.  Researchers have taken a look at a variety of factors that might lead to a migraine including the chemical balance in the brain, hormonal fluctuations and reactions to food, environment and stress among other contributors.

Dr. Laurence Radin, New London neurologist, will serve as the Migraine Prevention study’s Primary Investigator. His team will consist of Andrea Stewart APRN and Jessie Hatfield LPN.  The study will be conducted at Coastal Connecticut Research in New London.  Those interested in learning more can call and speak to a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

We’re on the cusp of a new year.  How do you want to spend your 2017?  Coastal Connecticut Research is seeking volunteers for a variety of clinical research studies.  There is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial, no cost for the study-related care and no cost for the study product.  Reimbursement is available for time and travel.

Research volunteers play in important role in the future of healthcare.  Volunteer participation provides researchers with valuable data on the safety and efficacy of the study product, whether this is an investigational medication, an investigational device or an already FDA-approved medication.  Insurance is not needed to participate in research.

Helping others comes in a variety of forms.  You can play an important role in the future of medicine by participating as a research volunteer. Contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Decreased Desire Study Update

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Research volunteers truly do make a difference in this world.  It has been announced The Reconnect Studies, investigating bremelanotide as an on-demand treatment for premenopausal women diagnosed with hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) has met the pre-specified co-primary efficacy endpoints in both Phase 3 clinical trials.

Palatin is developing bremelanotide as a subcutaneous, on-demand, as needed treatment for women who have not yet experienced menopause and have been diagnosed with HSDD.

“It was reported women using bremelanotide had clinically meaningful and statistically significant improvements in their desire and associated distress which are the defining clinical issues for an HSDD diagnosis,” said Carl Spana, Ph.D., President and CEO of Palatin.  He continued, “I am especially grateful to all of the women who volunteered to be a part of these studies.”

The CCRstudies team wishes to thank those women who came forward to participate in The Reconnect Study here in New London.  Dr. Robert Spitz served as the Primary Investigator of the study conducted at Coastal Connecticut Research, and Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN served as Study Coordinator.  We are truly grateful for all those who continually come forward to participate in research!

If you wish to learn more about becoming a volunteer for current or future studies are welcome to contact us today at (860)443-4567.

C’mon Down! Research Volunteers Needed!

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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Research volunteers are needed in Southeastern Connecticut.  Coastal Connecticut Research, located on Montauk Avenue in  New London,  seeks people from all backgrounds and all walks of life to participate in clinical research studies.

Our Certified Research Coordinators and Study Nurses Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN, Diane Palmer, RN and Beth Rogers, LPN are available to answer any questions you might have regarding your role in research.  Board-Certified physicians serve as the principal investigators on our studies, which include trials in women’s healthcare, neurology, and internal medicine.

You don’t have to be living with a major illness to participate in research. Healthy volunteers are currently needed for studies on conditions such as postmenopausal vaginal dryness,  urinary incontinence, and memory loss.  If you are someone who would like to take an active role in the future of healthcare and the development of medicines to treat individuals in the US and beyond, please consider becoming a research volunteer.  There is no cost to participate, no cost for study-related products and no insurance is needed.

Talk to a friendly and informative member of our team today.  Call (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com  We look forward to hearing from you.

Painful Intercourse Study

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

“I used to enjoy sex with my husband, now it just hurts too much.”  “Why is this happening?”  “Intercourse is too painful. We haven’t been together in months.” “I have itching and irritation.”

We’ve heard from postmenopausal women about their struggles with intimacy due to pain and dryness.  A clinical research study is currently underway in New London testing an investigational vaginal cream. We are looking for postmenopausal women who experience vaginal dryness or pain to participate in a research study.  The research study compares an investigational vaginal cream to an already marketed or placebo vaginal cream.  Contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 if you are interested in learning more about this study.   Robert M. Spitz, MD is the local study gynecologist.

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Sweating From Hot Flashes?

Monday, July 18th, 2016

They say “if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” But, what if that kitchen is without an exit?  Two thirds of American women are reported to suffer from postmenopausal hot flashes.  If you no longer get your monthly menstrual period, and you are living with bothersome hot flashes, you may be interested in learning more about a clinical research study underway in New London testing a non-hormonal investigational medication for the treatment of hot flashes.  Women 40-65 may be eligible to participate in the research study.

It’s summer in Southeastern Connecticut and the weather has been hot and humid, which makes those living with hot flashes extremely uncomfortable.  Participation in The Hot Flash Study could lead to a new treatment for this condition and increased understanding of hot flashes in postmenopausal women.

Contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 to see if you may qualify, or take the pre-screener online at http://www.thehotflashstudy.com. You are also welcome to email MaryLou@ccrstudies.com.  There is no cost to participate in the research study, no insurance needed.  Reimbursement of up to $525 is available for time and travel.  The study consists of 7 office visits over the course of 3 months.

Study visits will take place on Montauk Avenue in New London.  Dr. Robert Spitz and Dr. Craig McKnight are the local study gynecologists.

If you are a woman living with hot flashes, you are welcome to call (860)443-4567.

 

 

 

 

Overactive Bladder Research Study

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Overactive Bladder (OAB) is a condition experienced by 200 million people throughout the world. People living with OAB often experience a sudden and urgent need to use the bathroom, waking up to go to the bathroom more than once per night, incontinence, and frequent trips to the bathroom.  What causes OAB is not fully understood, but it is believed the bladder muscle becomes overactive and contracts when you don’t want it to.

Treatments for OAB are available, but different age groups respond in different ways to medication.  CCRstudies is currently conducting a clinical research trial for women 65 and older who are living with OAB.  The study medication being evaluated is FDA-approved.  There is no cost to participate in the clinical research study, and no cost for the study medication.  There are 7 office visits over the course 20 weeks.  Reimbursement of up to $525 is available to the study patient for time and travel.  Dr. Robert Spitz is the study doctor, and all visits will take place in New London at 342 Montauk Avenue.

If you are a woman over 65 who is living with Overactive Bladder, you are welcome to contact a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more about this clinical research trial. Call (860)443-4567, or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.