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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.

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

CCRstudies to Conduct Mobile Memory Clinic

Friday, March 11th, 2016

 

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

CCRstudies in New London  will be conducting a Mobile Memory Clinic at the East Lyme Senior Center on Wednesday, March 30th, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Diane Palmer, RN and Qualified Dementia Care Specialist, will administer memory testing to those who register in advance with the East Lyme Senior Center. CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The test serves a key role in the early detection of memory loss in individuals.

In addition to free memory testing, CCRstudies will also present information on current Alzheimer’s Research underway in New London testing an investigational add-on medication.

There is no cost to attend the event, but pre-registration is requested for the memory testing which will begin promptly at 9:30am. Memory Screenings can be set up through the East Lyme Senior Center. For further information on the event, contact MaryLou at CCRstudies at (860)443-4567.

Virtual Dementia Tour

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

In order to understand someone, you sometimes have to walk the proverbial mile in their shoes. But how can you understand empathize with someone living with memory loss if you yourself are not living with the condition?

Second Wind Dreams, a nonprofit organization based in Georgia, created an opportunity for people to experience what it feels like to live with dementia.  The “Virtual Dementia Tour” has been described as a “scientifically proven method that builds sensitivity and awareness in individuals caring for those with dementia by temporarily altering participants’ physical and sensory abilities.”

Recently, CCRstudies staff was invited to participate in a Virtual Dementia Tour held at Senior Resources Agency on Aging in Norwich, Connecticut. Faith Paddon of Gentiva Health Care has been trained to give the tour and facilitated the event along with Marion Donato of Senior Resources Agency on Aging.

Participants were outfitted with a variety of gear to help simulate the dementia experience.  Those who went on the tour described their five minutes of “living with dementia,” as “scary,” “overwhelming,” “horrible,” “frightening,” and “a rollercoaster ride in which you cannot get off.”  CCRstudies MaryLou Gannotti, whose late father had Alzheimer’s, said about the tour  “I actually felt sad after the tour. All I could think of is what my poor dad had to go through in the later stages of his life.”  She further added, “this was a life altering experience and I would highly recommend someone take a tour if they have the chance.”

Since the Virtual Dementia Tour has been launched, nearly two million people in 17 countries have participated.  The tour has also been used at more than 200 colleges and universities to supplement existing curriculum.

Today, over 5 million Americans are living with dementia. 47 million people worldwide are living with the condition.  Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, and there is no cure.  Clinical research is underway throughout the world, and locally in New London, regarding the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

CCRstudies is currently involved in a clinical trial testing an investigational add-on medication for mild to moderate memory loss.  Those interested in learning more about the current memory loss study are welcome to contact a member of the study team at (860)443-4567.

 

 

Alzheimer’s Study

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

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Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of the brain. Brian cells die over a period of several years, and symptoms progress from mild to severe.  Alzheimer’s is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., and affects over 5 million Americans.

It has been over a decade since the FDA has approved any new medications for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.  Clinical research is currently underway in New London at CCRstudies, testing an investigational add-on medication. The team of investigators includes Laurence Radin, MD, Edward McDermott, Jr., MD, and Andrea Stewart, APRN.   This medication is taken in conjunction with the study patients current dosage of Aricept (Donepezil.)  The investigational medication is designed to improve thinking, memory, reasoning and cognition.  It is the Phase 3 of the clinical trial process.

Those interested in learning more about the Alzheimer’s study underway in New London can contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567, or click on this link for further details  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l1LgVnQ3pqU.

In addition to the study patient, caregivers play an important role in this trial.  There is no cost to participate and compensation is available for time and travel to the study patient and caregiver.

Alzheimer’s Awareness

Friday, October 30th, 2015
CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

CCRstudies is a member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Volunteers are needed for an Alzheimer’s study being conducted in New London by Dr. Laurence Radin, Dr. Edward McDermott, and Andrea Stewart, APRN.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in adults 65 and over.  Dementia is a general term which describes a group of symptoms related to the loss of a variety of intellectual functions.  This can include loss in memory, judgment, language and complex motor skills which may interfere with daily living.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America notes that “Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging: however, age is the greatest known risk factor.  Other factors are genetic makeup and chronic untreated health problems such as high blood pressure.”

There is no cure currently available for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are FDA-approved medications available that can help to slow the progression of disease symptoms.

Research is currently underway in New London testing an investigational add-on medication for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Volunteers with mild to moderate memory loss currently taking Aricept are needed as potential study volunteers. There has been no new medication introduced for the treatment of Alzheimer’s in over a decade.  If you or someone you know, ages 50 or above, is living with mild to moderate memory loss, you may qualify for this research study.  Call a member of the CCRstudies Team at 860-443-4567 today to learn more about how you can be involved in research.  Study participants and caregivers are eligible to receive compensation for their time and travel in addition to no cost study-related care.