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Lisa Bragaw, PharmD Joins Team

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Lisa Bragaw PharmD

We are thrilled to welcome Lisa Bragaw, PharmD to the CCRstudies team.  Lisa is a clinical pharmacist, yogi, and also works in medication management services.

Lisa will lend her vast knowledge of pharmaceuticals, skills and expertise to the studies we conduct here.  She is a familiar face to many in the region as the owner of Zen and Now Wellness Studio in Niantic where she also teaches.  She also works as a Clinical Pharmacist at Simply Pharmacy in Waterford.  Lisa is highly motivated and is involved in the community through a variety of endeavors.  We are truly excited to collaborate with Lisa on her highly popular “Ask a Pharmacist” events.  Welcome Lisa! Namaste.

Birth Control Research

Monday, July 10th, 2017

There are a myriad of options for women in the United States regarding contraceptive choices.  There are birth control pills, birth control implants, hormonal IUD’s, non-hormonal IUD’s, vaginal rings, contraceptive foams, condoms, barrier methods, and for some, natural family planning, often called “the rhythm method.”

We’ve come a long way since crocodile dung was used as a barrier method to block sperm during Cleopatra’s time!

At Coastal Connecticut Research in New London some of our research studies have tested investigational products for birth control.  Sponsors of these studies understand some women are looking for choices in regards to family planning.   Just as every woman in different, choices in pregnancy prevention will differ as well.

If you are a woman of child bearing age who is not interested in currently starting a family, and you would like to learn more about birth control clinical research studies, contact our team today at (860) 443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Welcome Kelley!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

We would like to warmly welcome Kelley Sanok RN to the CCRstudies.team!

In her new role,  Kelley will serve our site as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Financial Coordinator.  Prior to becoming an RN, Kelley worked as a Study Director and Scientist for Pfizer.  Her role at Pfizer involved performing preclinical laboratory testing, protocol and standard operating procedures development and quality assurance audits.  Her nursing roles have involved serving as a home care nurse case manager,  and primary care nurse, playing an important role in the treatment of patients. She holds two Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Connecticut with majors in Nursing and Allied Health.

Kelley is a Ledyard, Connecticut native and resides with her family in Stonington.

February 2017

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

It’s February – so much to look forward to!

Will the Groundhog see his shadow? What will your sweetheart get you for Valentine’s Day?  Will you volunteer for a clinical research study?  Oh, the possibilities are limitless!

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London would like to hear from you!  Call us today at (860)443-4567 and speak to a member of the CCRstudies team.  We would be happy to share information with you regarding our currently enrolling clinical research studies. Detailed study information can be found on our website.  Men and women who wish to serve as a research volunteer are welcome to contact us to learn more.  Call (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.  There is no cost to participate in a research study, no cost for study-related care, and no cost for the study product.

 

Tis the Season of Giving!

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Tis the season for holiday cheer, shopping, and for some, stress, tension, and overexertion.  It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holidays can leave many people feeling somewhat depleted.  It’s also a time of year when many people face what is referred to as “donor fatigue.”  A variety of charities and other wonderful causes quite often bombard individuals with requests for support.  Giving is a wonderful thing, but sometimes these requests for support can be overwhelming to say the least at a time of year when many individuals might feel cash strapped.

Did you know there is a way to give back that doesn’t involved you writing a check?  Have you ever considered becoming a research volunteer?  Research volunteers are individuals who devote their time to medical research.  Clinical research can involve testing an investigational medication, an investigational device, or perhaps a new formulation of an FDA-approved medication.  During some studies, an already FDA-approved medication is being further evaluated.  What these studies have in common is the need for people to step forward and participate. Other studies might be observational, involving no medication at all.  Breakthroughs and discoveries can be made thanks to the selflessness of people who participate in research.

There is no cost to participate in a clinical research study and no insurance is needed. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.  Study-related labs, exams and testing are provided at no cost.

If you have decided you would like to give of yourself this holiday season and in the new year, please consider becoming a research volunteer.  Call (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Free Memory Testing

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

This past fall, Coastal Connecticut Research has provided over 40 free memory screenings as a service to the community.  We are an associate member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the screenings are part of the National Memory Screening program.

Our memory screenings have taken place during our Mobile Memory Clinics held during health fair and community events, and we have conducted no cost memory screenings in our office on Montauk Avenue in New London as well.  Diane Palmer, RN, and Sarah Ballard, LPN, both Qualified Dementia Care Specialists, have administered the memory screenings.

We’ve often spoken with people who are eager to find out if they have any detectable memory loss, and have also met people who have said “I don’t want to know.”  Our memory screenings are not meant to diagnose individuals with a specific condition. Rather, they serve as an indicator if memory loss is detectable, the next step should be taken in regards to contacting your health care provider or meeting with a neurologist.  The sooner a treatment plan is created, the less stress this can place upon the individual, family members and ultimately caregivers as symptoms progress.

If you are interested in learning more about our free memory screenings, or if you are interested in learning more regarding memory loss research currently underway in New London, call (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.

Spring into Research!

Monday, April 25th, 2016

April is winding down, and May is approaching – a typically gorgeous month here in New England with vibrant flowers, plentiful celebrations (Mother’s Day, college graduations, Memorial Day).  If you a feeling an extra spring in your step thanks to the vernal equinox, perhaps you would like to learn more about becoming a clinical research volunteer.

Clinical research volunteers are people just like you – they come from all walks of life and socio-economic backgrounds. What clinical research volunteers have in common is the desire to help others by participating in research.   Volunteers are people who wish to share either their time, their talent or their treasure.  Research volunteers  give of themselves to help advance discoveries in medicine.  Typically a clinical trial involves testing an investigational medication (not yet approved by the FDA), or tests an investigational device.  Observational trials do not involve testing a medication.

Volunteers will receive study-related exams and testing at no cost and study-related product at no cost. No insurance is needed to participate in a research trial and reimbursement may be offered for time and travel.  At the request of the volunteer, results can be forwarded to your primary care physician or specialist.

If you would like to spring into research and learn more about how you can help others and advance medicine through volunteering, contact CCRstudies today at (860)443-4567.

 

Urinary Incontinence Presentation

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Urinary Incontinence is something many women experience, but not all women are willing to discuss.  On Tuesday, March 22nd at 12:30pm, CCRstudies will conduct a presentation on the subject at the New London Senior Center, located at 120 Broad Street in New London, CT. Women and men are welcome to learn more about this subject.

Being the 21st century, there are many women in today’s world who consider themselves modern and liberated.  Today’s women are often open, honest, and very frank about topics such as finance, politics, romance, and  health. However, when’s the last time you talked to one of your girlfriends about how much urine you leak in the course of a day? (Our apologies to those who do discuss this topic on a regular basis!)

Quite a few women experience some form of incontinence.  Stress Incontinence is urinary leakage associated with laughing, coughing, sneezing, or other forms of physical activity, whether that be exercising, gardening, or even lifting something.  Some women find themselves squeezing their legs tightly when they laugh or sneeze to avoid a squirt, while others may beg people not to make them laugh, for fear of leakage.  It is a bothersome condition.  Other women may experience Urge Incontinence.  This involves the sudden, strong, and urgent need to urinate.  In other words, when you gotta go, you gotta go!  There may be episodes of pants wetting or starting to wet involved if one cannot make it to the toilet just in time.

Clinical research has been underway in New London for both these conditions.  If you would like to learn more, join us in person for our frank and open discussion about these topics Tuesday, March 22nd, at the New London Senior Center. We’ll see you there! Or, contact a member of the CCRstudies team if you are interested in the clinical research studies currently underway in these areas. (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.