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Mobile Memory Clinic in Old Lyme

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

A Mobile Memory Clinic will be held at the Lyme’s Senior Center on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 12:30pm to 3:00pm.

The Lyme’s Senior Center and Coastal Connecticut Research in New London are partnering to offer no cost, confidential memory screenings as a service to the community for memory loss or suspected early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Individual memory screenings at the Lyme’s Senior Center must be by appointment. Call 860-434-1605 ext. 240. Memory screenings will take approximately 15 minutes.

Since the inception of the Alzheimer’s national memory screening program over 2.5 million people have been screened worldwide.  Locally, Coastal Connecticut Research has conducted over 100 no cost memory screenings as part of this Alzheimer’s initiative. Memory screenings are a significant first step towards identifying memory problems.   The screenings are conducted by medical staff trained as Qualified Dementia Care Specialists, the highest level of certification awarded by the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

The Lyme’s Senior Center is located at 26 Town Woods Road in Old Lyme.

No Cost Memory Screenings, Total Life Expo

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

For the second consecutive year Coastal Connecticut Research will be offering no cost memory screenings at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Total Life Expo. This massive health fair and vendor exhibition takes place at Mohegan Sun Casino on Saturday, October 21st from 10 am until 2pm.

We are proud to be associate members of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America enabling us to help fight memory disease through early detection.

Get your no cost “check up from the neck up.”  Think of it as a healthy brain check up!  Can’t make it to the Sun?  Give us a call in our office for your evaluation at 860-443-4567. Our nurses are trained dementia care specialists and we look forward to hearing from you.

Concerned about mild memory or possible Alzheimer’s?  Does a family member have dementia?  (860) 443-4567.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Research

Monday, May 8th, 2017

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the first annual Senior Strong Summit in Mystic, Connecticut. The program focused on topics ranging from estate planning to Alzheimer’s disease care giving and research.  The event was organized by the Mystic Geriatrics Institute, an newly formed non-profit with a focus on the changing face of elder care and empowering seniors.

We feel it’s important to participate in such events to educate the public on the important role research plays in the future treatment of disease.  Ideally those who conduct research throughout the world can someday find a cure for this global epidemic of the aging population which currently affects 5 million Americans.  What we shared with those in attendance is the current research at our site takes different approaches to Alzheimer’s.  Some of studies testing investigational medications focus on improving Alzheimer’s symptoms, with a future goal of better treating the disease.   We have tested investigational medications designed to target memory, thinking, reasoning and cognition. We are also in the process of testing an investigational medication for those living with mild dementia designed to promote better sleep.  Observational studies, those studies that do not test a medication, have looked at ways to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier and more accurately. Some observational studies focus on biomarkers such as blood,  brain wave patterns and Amyloid proteins on the brain.  Just as each and every person is different, each and every research study we conduct is different. Our studies are conducted with highest ethical standards.

As noted to those who attended the Senior Strong Summit, clinical research follows a protocol which is black and white, but Alzheimer’s disease has many shades of gray and creates some complex issues for the person suffering from the disease and those caring for the person living with the disease.   Those who consent to clinical research are participating as volunteers, and their participation can someday help others living with the same condition.

Call us at (860) 443-4567 if you would like to learn more about research or wish for us to participate in your next event.


Let’s Hear from You!

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Are you an active member of the community?  Does your organization promote good work throughout the region? We’d like to hear from you!

Coastal Connecticut Research has been active in the community, participating in health fairs, senior expos, free memory screenings, and free lectures. We have the opportunity to meet potential volunteers throughout the region and we often include this information on our website and Facebook page.

We’ve decided since so many exciting things are happening in our region, it’s important to share with others!  So, please let us know what you and your group are up to and we’ll help spread the word through our social media pages.  Call MaryLou Gannotti who handles our outreach at (860) 443-4567 or email  We can’t wait to hear your good news!

Spring Ahead!

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Swing into spring with Coastal Connecticut Research!  Do you have an added pep in your step as you see the spring bulbs pushing up from the Earth?  Does the extra hour of daylight give you increased energy and vitality?  If you are feeling like you would like to accomplish something this spring, perhaps you would like to consider becoming a research volunteer!

A wide variety of clinical research studies are currently enrolling!  Enrolling studies are detailed on the upper left section of our home page.  We always welcome inquiries by phone if you would like to learn more.  Call a member of the CCRstudies team at (860) 443-4567 today.  In addition, you can visit us at a variety of events this spring.  We’ll be participating in the Norwich Bulletin’s Senior Expo at the Holiday Inn in Norwich on April 19th, the Provider Market at the Groton Senior Center on April 21st, and Chase Manor’s Resource Fair in Norwich on June 7th.  We are also available to visit your organization if you are interested in one of our educational presentations.  Contact for further information.

Swing into spring as a CCRstudies volunteer!  There is no cost to participate in a clinical research trial and reimbursement is available for time and travel.

Coastal Connecticut Research in the Community

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

It’s been a busy winter thus far at Coastal Connecticut Research.  We continue to serve the community through a variety of endeavors such as educational presentations and through our Mobile Memory Clinics.  Members of the CCRstudies team had the good fortune of visiting the AHEPA apartments on Hamilton Avenue in Norwich to conduct free memory screenings and we will be conducting a no cost Mobile Memory Clinic at the AHEPA apartments in Groton later this month. Thanks to Taylor Martinez of AHEPA for helping to coordinate this event. Her hospitality is greatly appreciated.

Mike Minarsky and his morning crew at Wolverine Radio 1690AM graciously provided us with the opportunity to be guests on the morning show.  CCRstudies team member MaryLou Gannotti was Mike’s guest for the hour.  The two discussed clinical research studies, and Mike was particularly interested in learning more about the Overactive Bladder study for women ages 65 and older.  There was also discussion on our Mobile Memory Clinics and no cost memory testing.  We highlighted our current research and discussed past studies as well.  It was a great opportunity to get the word out regarding studies and Mike and his morning crew have invited us back for a future appearance.  We can’t wait!

If you are a member of a community organization who wishes to learn more about Coastal Connecticut Research and our outreach endeavors, contact MaryLou Gannotti by phone at (860)443-4567 or email  If you would like to learn more about research, contact a member of the study team at (860)443-4567.

CCRstudies on the Air!

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Make sure your digital dial is set to Wolverine Radio next week!  CCRstudies will be hitting the airwaves with Wolverine Radio’s Mike Minarsky on January 10th from 9-10am for the morning show.  We look forward to sharing information regarding clinical research with Wolverine Radio listeners.

You can tune into the station on 1690 am or stream at .  Morning show host Mike Minarsky is graciously providing us with one hour to share information regarding our enrolling and upcoming clinical research studies.  We’ll discuss conditions such as overactive bladder, memory loss, constipation, migraine headaches, and feminine dryness.  We encourage listeners to call in with their questions, or call  us directly after the show at (860)443-4567.  MaryLou Gannotti will be chatting with Mike and we are hoping Diane Palmer, RN, Site Administrator and Plainfield native, makes an appearance back in her Eastern Connecticut stomping grounds.

We’ll “see” you on the radio!

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.

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

Research In New London

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Something we have heard on occasion is “I didn’t know they did research in New London!”  This phrase typically comes from an individual who meets a member of the CCRstudies team while attending one of the many community events we participate in.  Recently, CCRstudies had a booth at the Child & Family Agency CT Strong Job Fair held at New London High School.  To the delight of quite a few in attendance, we were able to share volunteer opportunities with people in regards to clinical trial participation.  Our next community event will occur on June 23rd at Chase Manor, 85 Norman Road in Norwich, as we conduct free memory screenings.

CCRstudies is a dedicated medical research facility specializing in health care clinical trials for women and men.  We are located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London, above Montauk GYN.  Robert M. Spitz, MD, is the Founder and Medical Director of CCRstudies. Our medical team is comprised of board-certified physicians, APRN’s, RN’s, LPN’s, Clinical Research Coordinators and Qualified Dementia Care Specialists.

When we encounter someone who is not familiar with clinical research, we do our best to educate the individual in regards to what research trials entail. Typically, this involves explaining that during the course of a research study we will be evaluating an investigational medication for the treatment of a specific symptom or condition. In addition, there are trials that involve testing an investigational device, and some studies that do not involve medication, but are observational. We are also very clear that no research is conducted without the patient’s consent.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of clinical research studies here in New London.  If you are curious about what research entails, or would like to learn more about possibly volunteering, please contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email