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What We Do is Essential!

Monday, March 23rd, 2020

We are proud to let you know what we do at Coastal Connecticut Research is considered essential by our state and federal government.  Providing exceptional study-related care to our patients, monitoring their health while they participate in a study, and educating potential participants about future studies and the importance of research is part of our daily operations.

We understand these are difficult times for our nation and for individuals as each of us responds to the Coronavirus crisis in different ways.  While we cannot control what is happening around us, we can control our reaction to what is happening around us and respond appropriately.  Some of you may be working from home, some of you who at a higher risk may be remaining at home, and all of us are urged to practice social distancing.  We have appropriate procedures in place to assure the health and safety of our study participants at this time in accordance to regulations being set forth.

So, if you are feeling anxious or cooped up, maybe it’s time to get out in the backyard, go for that long walk you could not get to during your regular 8-hour day, or even better, reconnect with an old friend through email or the telephone.  We can assure you when life returns to “normal,” we will still continue to be here for you.  In addition, if you are interested in a study, please know you can participate in a prescreening questionnaire over the telephone by calling (860)443-4567.  We are proud of the work we do and thankful for our study volunteers!

Coronavirus Statement – March 16, 2020

Monday, March 16th, 2020

At Coastal Connecticut Research our goal is to keep our study patients safe and healthy.  With the current concerns in place over social distancing and the Coronavirus, please keep in mind patient health and safety has always been our top priority.  In order to address national and global concerns in halting the spread of the Coronavirus, we will do the following:

  • We will continue to clean and sanitize all office and medical equipment prior to and following each patient visit
  • We will be limiting the number of patients we see during the course of the day as our country as a whole responds to requests for social distancing by the CDC.
  • We will assess the overall condition of our study patients upon each visit to our site by monitoring vital signs and general health while continuing to follow the protocol for each of our research studies.
  • With this in mind, please consider our request to you. If you are scheduled for an office visit, we ask you call us the day before to assess your current condition.  Study patients who are scheduled and may be displaying signs of any fever, respiratory infection or possible virus please contact our site prior to your visit to reschedule in order to ensure the health and safety of our research team and study participants.

Please contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860)443-4567 if you have any further questions.  We look forward to continue to provide the highest quality study-related care to our patients.

Dr. Robert M. Spitz

Medical Director

Coastal Connecticut Research

 

Spring into Research!

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

 

The daffodils are starting to bud, birds seem to be chirping just a little bit more, spring is right around the corner!  Our volunteers continue to do good things for others by participating in clinical trials.

Here at Coastal Connecticut Research we are excited to share with you some of what will be happening this spring.  We will continue to enroll eligible subjects for a various clinical research trials including studies evaluating investigational products for hot flashes and night sweats, mild cognitive impairment with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, and migraines.  A birth control study is also on the horizon.  It’s going to be a busy spring.

Thanks as always to all those who come forward to participate in research.  Your time is truly valued and we appreciate the fact your actions will ultimately help others as new treatments are developed.

Those who are curious about research are welcome to contact us to learn more.  Call today!  (860)443-4567.

Local Migraine Clinical Trial

Monday, February 3rd, 2020

Migraines aren’t all in your head!  12 percent of the population suffers with migraine headaches. Are you among them?  Sensitivity to lights, sounds, smells, nausea, pain, and the inability for some to focus at work.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is proud to be involved in migraine research. Questions about what’s happening in migraine research? We’d love to share with you what we do here. Call (860)443-4567.

A New Year

Monday, December 30th, 2019

2020. A new year is upon us.  It’s a time for people to make and ideally keep, resolutions.

Do you resolve to help others?  Did you know participating in research can help countless people through the development of new treatments for chronic conditions or diseases?

Coastal Connecticut Research has been conducting clinical research trials for two decades.  With your help, we can continue to make advancements in medicine by evaluating study products, devices and in some cases, developing new ways of testing.

So, this year when you decide you want to do something meaningful, please consider becoming a research volunteer!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Are you decking the halls with boughs of holly?  Here at CCRstudies in New London, we would like to thank our valued study volunteers for their participation in clinical research this past year.

With 2020 in mind, we hope as you enter the new year you might consider participating in clinical research.  Many people resolve to be more giving, and often assume this involves writing a check to support a local charity or cause.  While this is a wonderful and worthy way to give back, have you ever thought of donating your time to others by participating in research?  It is a wonderful way to pay it forward.

The CCRstudies team had the good fortune of spending part of the busy month on December in bustling NYC.  We took in a show at Radio City Music Hall, met a real, live Rockette, and enjoyed the sights and sounds of the city.

Thank you again to all those medical heroes who come forward to participate in clinical research trials. We wish you a very happy holiday season!

Mrs. Judy Spitz, Dr. Robert Spitz, Kelley Sanok, RN, Mrs. Claus, MaryLou Gannotti, Diane Palmer, RN and Renee Cooper

 

Migraine Research

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

It was recently announced the FDA approved a medication to treat an acute migraine.  Did you know research is currently underway evaluating study treatments to potentially prevent a migraine from even happening?

Migraine headaches affect up to 12 percent of the population.  The majority of migraine sufferers are female.  When a migraine strikes, people often find themselves nauseous, sensitive to lights and sounds, and in tremendous pain.  Many have found past treatments have failed.  What is a migraine sufferer to do?

Migraines are often misunderstood and not everyone realizes just how incapacitating the condition can be.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been involved in migraine research with study volunteers.  People who suffer from chronic migraines and wish to learn more about research, migraine research and the role of a study volunteer are welcome to call to speak with a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567. You can also text keyword CCR to 74121 or sign up for future studies online at CCRstudies.com.

Women’s Wellness Event

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Many thanks to the Public Library of New London for allowing Coastal Connecticut Research to present a Women’s Wellness Forum on the changes experienced during menopause.  The purpose of the evening was to provide those in attendance with information on what is happening to their bodies during menopause and ways these symptoms can be addressed.  The program touched upon proper nutrition, mindfulness and clinical research for hot flashes and night sweats.  There was no “one size fits all” approach to what women need to do, rather, information was shared on how women can address a myriad of symptoms caused by hormonal and metabolic changes.  Presenters included Alison Dvora  k, MS, Certified Nutritionist and Registered Dietician, Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist, yoga and wellness instructor and Coastal Connecticut Research Medical Director Dr. Robert M. Spitz.  As Lisa Bragaw PharmD. reminded the group,  “you cannot serve from an empty vessel.  Self care is not selfish.”

 

Dr. Robert M. Spitz, Medical Director, Coastal Connecticut Research

Lisa Bragaw PharmD., Zen and Now Wellness Studio

Alison Dvorak, C.N., R.D., Senior Resources Agency on Aging

An attentive group of guests

 

 

Mobile Memory Clinic in Mystic

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

 

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.

Coastal Connecticut Research in partnership with Masonicare will be hosting a Mobile Memory Clinic on Tuesday, November 12th at Masonicare, 45 Clara Drive in Mystic.  The no cost memory screenings are part of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Program.  Memory screenings are a confidential service to test memory and other thinking skills.  To date, 5 million Americans have been screened as part of this effort to promote brain health.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has screened over 100 individuals.  Each individual screening takes approximately 15 minutes.

Diane Palmer, RN, is a Qualified Dementia Care Specialist who will provide the screenings as a service to the public. Call Masonicare to schedule your appointment at (860)367-8320.

Women’s Wellness and You!

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

 

Are you a woman who has been through menopause (no period for at least one year?)

Have you ever wondered why there have been so many changes to your body?  Have you gained weight thanks to a slowing metabolism?  Feeling flushed and sweating thanks to hot flashes?  You’re not alone!

When it comes to a woman’s body and the many changes females undergo during their lifetime, sometimes many women are in the dark.  Coastal Connecticut Research in New London would like to shed some light on the many mysteries regarding menopause.

Please join us on Wednesday, November 20th at the Public Library of New London for a “Women and Menopause” event.  All are welcome! Speakers will include Dr. Robert M. Spitz, Medical Director of Coastal Connecticut Research along with Alison Dvorak, MS, RDN, and CDN, a Registered Dietician who holds many responsibilities with local non-profit Senior Resources, Agency on Aging and Lisa Bragaw, PharmD, who is a clinical pharmacist, yoga and wellness instructor and owner of Zen and Now Wellness Studio.   Discussion topics will include the physiological changes a woman undergoes with menopause such as hot flashes, night sweats, feminine dryness, decreased libido, as well as hormonal shifts and various treatments and studies.  In regards to nutrition, key highlights will include how to eat and maintain proper weight and health, navigating holiday temptations with a slowing metabolism and how food can improve mood.  The mindfulness portion will focus on how yoga and other integrative therapies can reduce stress, improve mood and help women deal with changing hormone levels holistically.

The event kicks off at 5:15pm and will end at 6:45pm.  We can’t wait for your to join us!