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June 9th Job Fair in New London

Monday, June 6th, 2016

CCRstudies will be participating in an upcoming Job Fair event organized by the Child and Family Agency of New London.  The Job Fair will take place on Thursday, June 9th, at New London High School on Jefferson Avenue in New London.

CCRstudies is currently enrolling volunteers for a variety of clinical research trials.  Study volunteers receive study-related medical care and testing at no cost in addition to reimbursement for time and travel.  Some individuals who are seeking employment at the Job Fair may be experiencing a lapse in benefits, while others may be uninsured or under insured.  Clinical trials can prove to be appealing to individuals for a wide variety of reasons.

It is our hope to connect with men and women attending the Job Fair who may wish to learn more about clinical research studies.  Stop by our booth, sign up for our e-newsletter, and grab some literature on hand describing our site and our studies. We look forward to meeting you!

If you do not plan to attend the event, please feel free to email or call (860)443-4567 to learn more about currently enrolling clinical research trials in New London.

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.


Welcome Dr. McKnight!

Monday, May 18th, 2015
Melissa Gomez and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD

Melissa Gomez and Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD

CCRstudies welcomes Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD, and Melissa Gomez, a member of his nursing staff,to our study team.

Dr. McKnight currently serves as the Medical Director at Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD, LLC, a private gynecology practice in New London located on Montauk Avenue.

Dr. McKnight’s areas of interest include gynecology, urinary incontinence and infertility. He has worked as an OB-GYN in private practice, has been involved in research, and has served as a member of the teaching faculty at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. McKnight holds a BS in Zoology from Iowa State University, an MA in Zoology from the University of South Florida, a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MD from Jefferson Medical College.  Dr. McKnight will be working as a Sub-Investigator on some of the clinical research trials at CCRstudies, including the Birth Control study, Decreased Sexual Desire in Women, and Overactive Bladder.

Melissa Gomez, a member of the nursing staff at Craig E. McKnight, MD, PhD, LLC in New London, will be working as a Research Assistant on a variety of trials at CCRstudies. With a focus and training in nursing,  Melissa worked as a Certified Nurse’s Aide for many years, and is a graduate of Norwich Free Academy. Melissa earned a diploma in nursing from Stone Academy in East Hartford and has been trained as an LPN.  Melissa has been working in the medical field for the past several years, and has experience in residential care. Her friendly demeanor and attention to detail will serve her well in the role she plays in the clinical trial process.

We are delighted to welcome Dr. McKnight and Ms. Gomez to the professional team at CCRstudies!

Southeast Healthy Living Expo

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Senior Expo Norwich 2

Diane Palmer, RN, CCRC and Site Administrator of CCRStudies along with MaryLou Gannotti, PR and Communications Director, had the pleasure of meeting well over 100 people today at the Southeast Healthy Living Expo.  The event, sponsored by the Senior Resources Agency on Aging along with the Norwich Bulletin, was held at Norwich Technical High School and featured a variety of businesses and non-profit agencies promoting services for seniors.  The CCRStudies booth was a hotbed of activity with men and women eager to learn more about clinical trials on such diseases as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and conditions ranging from hot flashes to an overactive bladder. CCRStudies also had the pleasure of being interviewed live on the air by Stu Breyer of WICH 1310 Personality Radio. Stu asked some engaging questions regarding the clinical trial process and noted he found what CCRStudies does “fascinating.”  Congratulations to our Walmart Gift Card Raffle Winners, Rikki W. of Waterford and Ann C. of Norwich.

Meet Jessie Jellison, LPN, CRC

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

When she is not out enjoying watersports on the Thames River, Jessie Jellison, LPN, CRC, of Uncasville can be found at CCRStudies in New London. Jessie entered the medical field as an LPN, and in addition to her nursing duties, also serves as one of the Clinical Research Coordinators at CCRStudies. Since joining CCRStudies in 2011, Jessie has furthered her education and now holds a variety of certifications enabling her to serve in a series of clinical trials.

Jessie’s upbeat and outgoing personality, combined with her sense of humor, provides a welcoming presence to the patients of CCRStudies. In addition to her medical background and clinical responsibilities, Jessie also does a tremendous amount of behind the scenes work to help keep the facility running smoothly. Jessie has said her job at CCRStudies allows her to be “part of something bigger.” She also likes working in an environment that allows her to be continually educated. Jessie admits the she loves “meeting new people and seeing the future happen right in front of me,” thanks to clinical trials.

Jessie and her family have had the good fortune of living by the Thames River and take full advantage of all of the recreation their waterfront location has to offer. Her balance between fun and hard work have made Jessie a wonderful asset to CCRStudies.

Meet Carol Alexandrescu, MS, CRC

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Carol Alexandrescu, MS, CRC, NCPT,serves as a Clinical Research Coordinator at CCRStudies in New London.

Carol earned her BS and MS degrees at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and has had an impressive career, working both nationally and internationally in the field of clinical research. Her career includes assignments at the prestigious Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as John Radcliffe Hospital in England. Carol is a lifelong learner, and has continued with her professional studies during her career, earning a variety of certifications.

“In clinical research you see the impact of your work,” Carol notes, adding that she loves working at CCRStudies, where her job is extremely varied. “At CCRStudies we are so busy, time flies. I work with patients, I work in the lab, I work with pharmaceutical companies. The variety never gets old.” Carol and her husband Andrei, a college professor, have had the good fortune of having lived abroad in Europe for several years and their two children were born in Switzerland. The family currently resides in the seaside village of Niantic where they enjoy activities such as biking and walking the beach in search of sea glass. The family members are also avid soccer fans.

Carol is often the first point of contact at CCRStudies, conducting initial telephone screenings with patients. Her calm demeanor, sharp intellect, and professional qualifications have made Carol an invaluable asset to CCRStudies.



Public Relations Director Joins CCRstudies

Thursday, June 19th, 2014


Mary Lou Gannotti


Coastal Connecticut Research is proud to be in your community and our  public relations and  community efforts are growing. We are pleased to announce the addition of  MaryLou Gannotti to spear head our community outreach efforts as Public Relations and Communications Director.

Many local residents may already know MaryLou, as she has been working in the  public relations field in the local area since 1999.   MaryLou will be busy at the research site and in the community meeting with local organizations and educating volunteers, family members and the general public about what it means to be a clinical research participant. If you or your organization want to learn more about the clinical trial process or how you, your family member or even your community can benefit through clinical trial participation contact MaryLou at (860) 437-7092.