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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

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!


Alzheimer’s Event – Thank You!

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Dr. Laurence Radin, Primary Investigator for the ADVANCE study at Coastal Connecticut Research

Thank you for all who attended our  September Alzheimer’s innovations and resources event in New London.  Nearly 40 people gathered to learn about Alzheimer’s disease, and current research studies and programs available locally.  The theme for the evening was “what’s next?”  What resources are available and what tools can people use when a loved one begins displaying the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease or what happens after the diagnosis.

We are grateful for all those who joined us.  Some wonderful questions were posed and we appreciate all who joined us for this ground breaking evening.


Andrea Stewart, APRN, Sub-Investigator for the ADVANCE study at Coastal Connecticut Research

Join us for an Alzheimer’s Event

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

Care providers and community members are invited to “Alzheimer’s Innovations, from Research to Services.”   This presentation by local medical, research and senior care professionals will be held at Tuesday, September 17th at 6:00pm at the New England Cognitive Center, 464 Ocean Avenue. (Located above Saeed’s.) Information on Alzheimer’s resources will be available. On hand will be Dr. Laurence Radin and Andrea Stewart APRN, of the Neurological Group in New London and clinical research investigators at Coastal Connecticut Research, Patti Said, Executive Director of the non-profit New England Cognitive Center and Kristen Cusato of the Alzheimer’s Association.  Light refreshments will be served.

This no cost event is open to members of the community, Alzheimer’s care partners and those with an interest in learning more about research and services available for people living Alzheimer’s disease. Pre-registration is requested by calling (860)443-4567 or email

Hot Flashes/Night Sweats?

Monday, August 19th, 2019

It’s hot.  It’s really hot.  It’s August.  The heat and humidity can be oppressive.  Are you dreaming about winter, not because you like the snow, but because you want to cool off?  But then again, maybe those hot flashes and night sweats are still doing you in even in the winter.

Bothersome hot flashes and night sweats can plague women for over a decade after menopause.  Are you one of these women who finds herself tearing off layers because you can’t cool off?  Tossing off the covers at night?  Interrupted sleep due to night sweats?  Embarrassed by sweat pooling on your upper lip?  It’s the pits!  (And speaking of the pits, those stains in your shirts are also quite horrifying!)

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been conducting clinical research studies for 20 years.  The studies we conduct deal with real life issues real people like you are facing.  Clinical research plays an important role in the future of medicine.  Our research volunteers have made a huge difference in how people are treated for a variety of conditions.

We are currently conducting a hot flash study in which volunteers will evaluate a non-hormonal investigational study product for hot flashes and night sweats. Those interested in learning more about what being a participant in a clinical research study involves are welcome to contact a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more at (860)443-4567.

August – Looking Ahead

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

It’s August. How did that happen so fast?  We’re wondering the same thing.

After a sweltering July we hope to enjoy some less humid weather but we know those dog days of summer aren’t always predictable.  They say if you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait five minutes.

A special shout out to our study volunteers. We know you’re busy with the kids home from school, young adults headed off the college, vacations planned, beaches calling your name – we get it. We also understand some of our volunteers living with Alzheimer’s are dependent upon their caregivers who become an integral part of our research.   We truly want to say thanks for your participation. It means a lot to us and will make a difference in the future of how people are treated.

As we move ahead and look towards fall (it’s inevitable…), we want to share with you some things we have planned.

First and foremost we are looking forward to sharing information with health care providers, elder care workers and you, our community, regarding the ADVANCE Clinical Study for Alzheimer’s agitation.  We’re partnering with the New England Cognitive Center to present information on resources and innovations in the region in regards to Alzheimer’s disease.  This event is planned for the early fall and we’ll keep you posted.

We also look forward to sharing information with you on upcoming studies for hot flashes and night sweats, migraine headaches, urinary incontinence and more.

Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call us to see what’s happening here.  Our number is (860)443-4567.  We’re also very excited people can sign up online to be contacted for a future or enrolling study. It’s just a click away at   Please keep in mind we still believe nothing beats the personal touch, so again, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and reach out.

Enjoy some hot fun in the summertime. We will continue to keep you in the know on all that is happening here.