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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.

New Look for Website

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Our website has a new look and new features.  If you are interested in a current study or future study, you can “apply.”  What this means is you submit your contact information and when the time is appropriate, we will get in touch with you to share more regarding the study you may be suitable for.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been conducting clinical research trials with community volunteers for 20 years.  We look forward to connecting with you!

Thank You Volunteers!

Monday, July 15th, 2019

We are always appreciative of our study volunteers. They choose to participate in research, sharing their time.  Study volunteers play a large role in the future of medicine and developing treatments.

When a study volunteer completes a study, we like to ask them about their experiences though a good, old-fashioned survey.  Recently, one of our CCRstudies volunteers shared the following about her experience:

“The program was outstanding and much more than I expected. It corrected my problem.  Yeah!  The CCR staff were competent and very thorough.”

When asked on the survey if she would recommend participating in a clinical trial to others, the volunteer responded “definitely.”

Thank you to each and everyone who comes forward to participate in research.  We truly appreciate all you do!  Remember, you do make a difference!

Summertime at CCRstudies

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Summer is in full swing in our neck of the woods.  We’re just a short drive from Ocean Beach and a block over from the Thames River – I guess you can see why we’ve included the “Coastal” in Coastal Connecticut Research.  We understand summer is a time where people want to be more carefree and less tied up with appointments and commitments. We are forever thankful to our study volunteers who take the time to participate in research.

Clinical research is important in advancing medicine.  We aim to answer questions about some unknown variables and treatments. What works?  What doesn’t work?  How can we improve the quality of life for people?

This summer you may also notice Coastal Connecticut Research has a new look.  Take a quick drive by our site at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London and you will see some lovely landscaping.  Come on in and you will notice we’ve moved from upstairs to downstairs with a lovely waiting room just waiting for you to grab a cup of coffee, tea, or sit and relax.  Curious about research?  Give us a call at 860-443-4567.  We’re happy to share information with you.

Happy summer!  We can’t wait to hear from you!

Mobile Memory Clinic

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Coastal Connecticut Research recently partnered with the New England Cognitive Center in New London to conduct a Mobile Memory Clinic to promote Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  We had a great response from the community and conducted several no cost memory screenings during this event.  Many thanks to Diane Palmer, RN and Patti Said, Executive Director of the New England Cognitive Center for conducting multiple screenings.

We have found those who attend the Mobile Memory Clinics do so for a variety of reasons.  Some individuals are having “senior moments,” and we are often contacted by a spouse or an adult child who has noticed some changes in language in behavior.  Other individuals who attend our Mobile Memory Clinics have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease and want to take advantage of the no cost screening.  We have also found we are joined by people as young as in their 30’s and 40’s who feel a “check up from the neck up” is an important part of one’s overall health.

Coastal Connecticut Research is an associate member of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  We have conducted well over 100 no cost memory screenings since the inception of our Mobile Memory Clinics in 2015.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019


June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.  Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has been conducting studies for men and women who have been affected by mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease for the past several years.  We have also been providing no cost memory screenings as a public service to raise awareness of possible memory loss.

June is when the longest day of the year occurs – the summer solstice. To mark “the longest day,” our site has partnered with the New England Cognitive Center (NECC) in New London to present a Mobile Memory Clinic.  No cost memory screenings will be available by appointment on Tuesday, June 18th from 1pm – 3pm at the NECC in New London.  The NECC is a not-for-profit organization which has been nationally recognized for piloting memory programs.  It’s located at 464 Ocean Avenue in New London, above the popular Saeed’s restaurant.

To make you appointment for a no cost memory screening contact MaryLou Gannotti at Coastal Connecticut Research by telephone at (860)443-4567 or by email at

Join Us!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

The unofficial start to summer in the region, Memorial Day weekend, allowed us to enjoy some fantastic and much needed warmth and sunshine.  Summertime in Southeastern Connecticut is full of activities, and as we continue with our spring happenings, we invite you to join us!

MaryLou Gannotti who handles outreach for our site will be visiting the PACE Adult Day Center on Union Street in Westerly the afternoon of Wednesday, June 11th to discuss Alzheimer’s research at the monthly support group meeting of caregivers.

On Wednesday, June 12, Dr. Robert M. Spitz will be the featured speaker at monthly meeting of the Southeast Senior Network. Dr. Spitz will talk about the importance of clinical research studies. The event will be held at Groton Regency on Poquonnock Road in Groton.

Our commitment to Alzheimer’s early detection will continue on Tuesday, June 18th from 1-3pm.  Coastal Connecticut Research, in collaboration with the New England Cognitive Center on Ocean Avenue in New London, will be offering no cost memory testing with dementia care specialist Diane Palmer, RN.  To date, our site has conducted over 100 no cost memory screenings.  That week marks the summer solstice and the “longest day” to raise Alzheimer’s Awareness.

Please contact MaryLou Gannotti at (860)443-4567 for further information or email