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Welcome Kelley!

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

We would like to warmly welcome Kelley Sanok RN to the!

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.

What’s New at CCRstudies

Monday, June 26th, 2017

It’s summertime!  It’s an exciting time for Coastal Connecticut Research in New London.  We have a variety of new studies we will be launching, and we continue to seek volunteers for our current studies including Migraine Prevention, Mild Memory Loss, and Overactive Bladder.

In addition to launching some new studies this summer, we’re also welcoming a new member to our staff.  Kelley Sanok RN has joined the CCRstudies team as a Research Nurse and Study Coordinator.  We are delighted to welcome Kelley, who is a Ledyard native and Stonington resident.  Kelley holds dual degrees from the University of Connecticut including a BS in Nursing and a BS in Allied Health.

We are also wishing the very best of luck to Jessie Hatfield LPN and Sarah Ballard LPN who are moving on to new adventures in their life.

Jessie had been with our site since 2011 and has been accepted into the RN program at Three Rivers Community College. She is going to be devoting herself to her studies this fall and we wish her the best of luck! Jessie had a tremendous rapport with her patients and kept things very lively at our site with her sense of humor and zest for life.   Sarah Ballard LPN, who worked as our Financial Coordinator has landed a full-time position in her chosen field, accounting, and we wish her well in her new endeavor.  Sarah worked part-time at our site since 2015 while balancing her life responsibilities and full time school work.  After earning her Associates in Accounting this past May she set a goal of working full time in her field and landed a new job doing what she lives.   Again, best of luck to Sarah and Jessie.

If you are interested in learning more about our current and upcoming studies, or if you want to learn more about our no cost memory screenings, contact us today at (860) 443-4567.  We look forward to telling you what’s new at CCRstudies!



Welcome Jeannine Elliott RN!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

We are delighted to welcome our new Clinical Research Nurse Coordinator, Jeannine Elliott RN, to the CCRstudies team!   Jeannine has had a successful 20-year career as an RN, and her responsibilities have ranged from coordinating oncology clinical trials to serving as an ER nurse and patient educator.  She brings her enthusiasm and knowledge to the Coastal Connecticut Research office.
Jeannine is currently screening patients for our Constipation Study and she will be working on a variety of other clinical research trials. Jeannine holds an Associates of Science in Nursing and an Associates of Science in Liberal Arts from Three Rivers Community Technical College.  She is nearing the completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.  Jeannine holds an Oncology Nursing Certification, a Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Certification and is CPR certified.  Welcome aboard Jeannine!

Welcome Dr. Greenwald!

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

 Alan Greenwald, MD, Digestive Disease Specialist, is now affiliated with Coastal Connecticut Research in New London as a study investigator. Dr. Greenwald will continue to maintain his private practice in New London, Digestive Diseases Associates, while participating as an investigator with Coastal Connecticut Research.

Dr. Greenwald is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology. He is Chairman of the Gastroenterology Department at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London. Dr. Greenwald specializes in all aspects of diseases related to the liver and digestive tract, including nutrition and cancer screening. He will be involved in a constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research. Dr. Greenwald has been selected as one of the Top Docs in Gastroenterology in Connecticut Magazine 2012-2016.

Coastal Connecticut Research, also known as CCRstudies, is a health care facility located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London specializing in clinical research trials. Robert M. Spitz, MD, serves as Medical Director of the site. To learn more regarding the constipation study at Coastal Connecticut Research or other research trials, visit or call (860)443-4567.

C’mon Down! Research Volunteers Needed!

Thursday, October 13th, 2016


Research volunteers are needed in Southeastern Connecticut.  Coastal Connecticut Research, located on Montauk Avenue in  New London,  seeks people from all backgrounds and all walks of life to participate in clinical research studies.

Our Certified Research Coordinators and Study Nurses Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN, Diane Palmer, RN and Beth Rogers, LPN are available to answer any questions you might have regarding your role in research.  Board-Certified physicians serve as the principal investigators on our studies, which include trials in women’s healthcare, neurology, and internal medicine.

You don’t have to be living with a major illness to participate in research. Healthy volunteers are currently needed for studies on conditions such as postmenopausal vaginal dryness,  urinary incontinence, and memory loss.  If you are someone who would like to take an active role in the future of healthcare and the development of medicines to treat individuals in the US and beyond, please consider becoming a research volunteer.  There is no cost to participate, no cost for study-related products and no insurance is needed.

Talk to a friendly and informative member of our team today.  Call (860)443-4567 or email  We look forward to hearing from you.

Your Neighborhood Nurses

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Are you a Montville resident who has been curious about being a research volunteer?  Call one of your neighborhood nurses to learn more about research opportunities.  Diane Palmer, RN, Jessie Jellison Hatfield, LPN, and Beth Rogers, LPN are Montville residents who comprise the research nurse team at Coastal Connecticut Research, located at 342 Montauk Avenue in New London, CT.  The site is an easy drive from Montville down Route 32 or Old Colchester Road into New London.  (Or however your GPS sends you!)

Your neighborhood nurses would welcome the opportunity to speak with you personally about becoming a research volunteer. There is no cost to participate, no cost for the investigational study product, and no insurance is needed. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.

Call one of your Montville neighbors today at (860)443-4567 or email, or  Your neighborhood nurses would love to hear from you!

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



CCRstudies Welcomes New Team Members

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Beth Rogers, LPN

Beth Rogers, LPN

CCRstudies welcomed Beth Rogers, LPN to the team in the fall of 2015. Beth transitioned well into her new role as research nurse and study coordinator. She is a Montville, Connecticut resident and native, graduate of St. Bernard School, and received her medical training as Licensed Practical Nurse at Norwich Technical High School in Norwich, CT. She also furthered her education through a variety of courses at Three Rivers Community College and Albertus Magnus College. Beth is also trained in phlebotomy.

Prior to arriving at CCRstudies, Beth served as the lead hyperbaric technician and safety director at the L+M Wound & Hyperbaric Center where she was involved in the planning and development of guidelines, policies and procedures related to the safe operation of the hyperbaric facility, along with patient care. Beth has also worked in memory care, which will serve her well in her role as a member of the study team for our Alzheimer’s clinical trials. She has worked in the assisted living and nursing home setting with sub-acute and long term care residents.

In addition to her medical background, Beth also has extensive experience in business marketing, sales, and management. Her medical experience coupled with her business background bring a unique perspective to her role at CCRstudies.

Sarah Kolada, LPN

Sarah Kolada, LPN

Sarah Kolada, LPN, plays an important behind the scenes role at CCRstudies in New London. She is a gifted designer who is able to use her skills for the site’s outreach efforts. In addition, Sarah has been studying accounting at Three Rivers Community College with a goal of becoming a CPA. Her medical background, coupled with her design and business acumen, have been a valuable asset to allowing her to multi-task at CCRstudies.

Sarah has been very pleased with being a member of the CCRstudies team. “Every day I learn something new and I really enjoy that. I also really love the fact that what we do here ultimately will help people.”

Sarah is a huge Harry Potter fan, loves photography, music, discovering new bands, and computers. She is a member of the Connecticut Society of CPA’s and was the president of her nursing class at Norwich Tech. Sarah resides in New London with her daughter Eloise.





CCRstudies in the Community

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Donor DriveLL2

Members of the CCRstudies team have had the pleasure of meeting a variety of individuals in our region thanks to our recent community events! We thank the gracious staff of CorePlus FICU in Groton for partnering with CCRstudies to host a bone marrow donor drive. We met many who were willing to join the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry. We’ve learned Maria, 21, a college student from Groton, is in need of a bone marrow donor as she fights blood cancer. Thanks to those who attended our event to help those in need!

In addition, many thanks to Joanne Moore of Shoreline Physical Therapy in East Lyme. Joanne offered her space to accommodate guests for a “lunch and learn” event.  We discussed the signs and symptoms of Overactive Bladder, Stress Urinary Incontinence, and our currently enrolling clinical trials. We encouraged those in attendance to consider volunteering.  Many have given blood or donated their time and talent in other ways.  Why not consider being a research volunteer?

If you are interested in teaming with CCRstudies for an outreach event, contact MaryLou Gannotti at (860)443-4567.

Jessie Jellison, LPN, Q.D.C.S

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Jessie Jellison, LPN, chats with Jocelyn Maminta of WTNH News 8.

Jessie Jellison, LPN, chats with Jocelyn Maminta of WTNH News 8.

Congratulations to CCRstudies team member Jessie Jellison, LPN, CRC and now – Q.D.C.S.  Jessie has earned the distinction through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America as being recognized as a Qualified Dementia Care Specialist.  Jessie successfully completed the Dementia Care Professionals of America’s (DCPA) Series I and II training programs.

Jessie’s new distinction represents the highest level of qualification offered by DCPA.  She is currently using her skills in memory care as part of the research team for the STARBEAM study, a clinical trial being conducted at CCRstudies in New London for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s mission is to provide optimal care to persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, as well as their families.  We are proud of Nurse Jessie for her hard work and proud to be affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.