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Kids Back to School? Consider Participating in Research!

Thursday, September 9th, 2021

You found out about a study this past summer and eagerly signed up online.  Then you realized, I want to go to the beach.  After the third phone call and email from Coastal Connecticut Research which you didn’t return, you decided maybe participating wasn’t for you.  And then, like that, the kids were back in school, and you find yourself with some time on your hands, your unemployment stimulus has run out, and you’re kind of looking for something to do.  Consider joining a clinical research study!  We understand you have a life – you’re allowed!  We work around your schedule (in our regular business hours, keeping the parameters of the study in mind.)  We know the beautiful days of July and August are often spent at the beach, the pool, or doing fun things with family.  Now that September is here and regular routines have returned, consider giving us that call back – (860)443-4567. We’re happy to tell you more about our research studies.  Email marylou@ccrstudies.com  and let’s get the conversation started. We’re currently enrolling for a variety of trials including studies on birth control, decreased arousal, and many more!

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Study

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021

OCD: The Quest to Find Treatment

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of unwanted and intrusive thoughts. These thoughts trigger distressing feelings and causes the person to feel driven to engage in repetitive behavior, compulsions.

Read Elise’s story of her constant battle with harm OCD and how her treatment is helping her get through her daily life.

I put off writing this because I knew I’d never find the perfect words and felt worried that I would hurt the fight for OCD treatment instead of helping it. If I did not think of the perfect words that would inspire the person who will save us all from having OCD, the person that could cure OCD may not be inspired to later cure it, and that would be my fault. That’s my OCD talking. Having OCD leaves me wondering if I will ever reach my full potential. If I didn’t have to fight intrusive thoughts about harm, would I be closer to my family? If I didn’t obsess over things being “just right,” how much more would I accomplish? Could I be the person to cure OCD? If OCD didn’t keep me from being able to choose a graduate school? A career?

I have had some tools that make it easier and more manageable. Therapy has been a huge one. I’ve been in therapy on and off since I was 10 years old. I’m 24 now. I wish I could say that fully fixed it, that it cured me. It didn’t. I can function and enjoy many things in life. I can manage a moderate level of OCD in my day-to-day life. However, when I have a severe relapse, the world stops. I’ve called out of work for days at a time, stopped eating, isolated in my house for weeks. And that happens at least every couple of years, even with all the day-to-day management of therapy and medication and fighting every single day.

And my days are still not easy, there is a lot of suffering still. I spend significant amounts of time thinking about things over and over again that neurotypical people would not. Making decisions is incredibly stressful and difficult for me. And I still have a lot of taboo intrusive thoughts and urges that deeply bother me.

OCD Treatment

Medication is an important tool in keeping the OCD in check enough that I can hold a job and function. I went on medication when I was 20. I went off of it when I was 22 because I wanted to prove I did not need it; stigma had gotten to me. I went back on a new medication when I was 23 and started having a lot of trouble leaving the house again. I have accepted it is something I need right now, possibly forever.
OCD is one of the top ten debilitating diseases according to the World Health Organization. Lost potential is very hard to measure because it is intangible, and we’re measuring something that never occurred. But I imagine the impact is enormous. There are millions of people at home doing compulsions who could be out saving our world, if they had treatment options that worked for them.

We need more tools. So many of my friends with OCD (and honestly, myself) still suffer, even after meds, even after therapy. There are not enough effective treatments out there, and we as a society have not figured out how OCD works. Any additional research and study will help better the lives of the millions living with OCD now, and the millions to come who will develop it.

OCD Research

OCD affects 1 in 100 people. Though there are medications to help treat OCD, many OCD patients, perhaps as many as 40-60%, do not respond to the current medication options. At Biohaven, our mission is to pave the way for new resources and studies so individuals with OCD have more effective treatment options.
We are currently conducting a research study evaluating an investigation medication to potentially treat OCD, with research sites across the country. Learn more about the OCD study and see if you qualify today.

Summer Updates

Thursday, July 8th, 2021

It’s been hot, and are you bothered? What’s got your goat?  Would a research study be something you’re interested in exploring?  We consider many of our studies “quality of life” research trials.  Our volunteers are currently evaluating investigational products for hot flashes, migraines, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, OCD, birth control and decreased arousal.  AND – we’d love to hear from you!  If you are interested in a study, sign up online as a future participant.

It’s been great being out and about this summer attending in-person events and we have more planned!  Join us on Monday, August 9th, at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center for an presentation with Dr. Robert M. Spitz on Osteoporosis. We are looking forward to this live and local event.

Summer Events

Thursday, June 24th, 2021

It’s summer and things are heating up in terms of community involvement. Visit our booth on June 30th at the job fair sponsored by the Day.  We often attend job fairs because we find people looking for work often are open to learning more about participating in clinical research studies. There’s no cost to participate, reimbursement is available to eligible volunteers, and clinical trials offer no-cost study-related health care.  That evening, we’ll be live on local cable featured on the “Time on Your Hands” TV show hosted by New London’s Karen Paul. (Now, who wouldn’t want more time on their hands, right?)  We’ll be highlighting our enrolling studies and sharing information about what we do at Coastal Connecticut Research.  On August 9th, we’ll be visiting the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center to discuss Osteoporosis with Dr. Robert M. Spitz leading the discussion. Dr. Spitz is our Medical Director and is serving as the Principal Investigator of an Osteoporosis Study at our site.  In the meantime we’re always available by phone to discuss what we do here, so don’t be shy!  Call (860)443-4567 to learn more or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

June is Bustin’ Out!

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

It sure feels like summer around here, and June is bustin’ out all over at Coastal Connecticut Research.  We’re out and about this month, back to in person meetings with the M Team, the Southeast Senior Network, and other groups!  Dr. Robert M. Spitz, our medical director, will be speaking at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center on June 14th at 11am about osteoporosis. Join us!  On Friday, June 18th, from 5-7pm,  we’ll be at the Groton Senior Center for the “Portraits of Life” event, honoring people who lived with dementia. And, of course, we are conducting a variety of clinical research studies for individuals living with osteoporosis, migraines, OCD, Parkinson’s disease or Lewy Body disorder, hot flashes, female sexual arousal disorder, and more!  Community volunteers are needed.  We look forward to getting out in the community and connecting with you.  Call (860)443-4567 to learn more about our site, our research, and our outreach, or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

What’s FSAD?

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Remember that baby boom everyone was expecting after the pandemic?  That’s because it didn’t happen! Are you curious as to why?  We wonder if FSAD played a role in this.  What’s FSAD you ask?  FSAD stands for female sexual arousal disorder. It’s the inability for a woman to attain and maintain sexual arousal during sexual activity, regardless of the partner’s gender.  It is said 20 percent of all women are living with FSAD.

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London is currently conducting a study for women living with FSAD evaluating an investigational cream.  Those entering the study must be 21 and over in a steady relationship with their partner, and they must be living with FSAD.

We are happy to share further information regarding our enrolling studies. Give us a call today and speak to a member of the CCRstudies team to learn more about clinical research trials, or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

Spring Events with CCR!

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

There is an optimism in the air these days and we are excited for what we hope will be an eventual return to “normal” (whatever your normal might look like!)

Join Coastal Connecticut Research as we (safely and responsibly) participate in some upcoming events.

On Wednesday, May 12th, Kelley Sanok, RN, one of our study coordinators, will be on hand at the Active Living Expo hosted by the Groton Senior Center. This outdoor event will be held in the hockey rink adjacent to the Senior Center on Newtown Road, with proper social distancing requested. Kelley will be handing out information on enrolling clinical research studies, answering questions, and will be passing out some great giveaways!  The event will open to the public at 10am.

On Monday, June 14th, we are very excited to present a discussion on osteoporosis with Dr. Robert M. Spitz.  “Osteoporosis – What You Need to Know” will be held at the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center starting at 11am.  Please keep in mind indoor social distancing and mask requirements will be in place.

After over a year of virtual events, we are so happy to see others in person! And as always, thanks to our many study volunteers who make our work of researching investigational treatments possible!

Migraine Research

Thursday, April 22nd, 2021

 

Spring has sprung here in New England – but, your migraine is so intense you can’t enjoy it.

Chronic and episodic migraine sufferers sometimes feel as if someone is pounding their head with a baseball bat. Sensitivity to lights and sounds, nausea and intense pain are all part of living with migraines.

Coastal Connecticut Research is conducting a migraine research study where participants will evaluate an investigational purified botulinum neurotoxin for safety and efficacy.  There are approximately 8 office visits during the course of about 28 weeks.  Eligible participants may receive up to $1600 for time and travel reimbursement. No insurance is needed and there is no cost to participate.

Dr. Laurence Radin, Principal Investigator, and Andrea Stewart, Sub-Investigator will work with CCRstudies team members Kelley Sanok, RN and Diane Palmer, RN on the study.

If you want to learn more about research, contact us by phone at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.

The Thief that is OCD

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Stock photo: posed by model

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of unwanted and intrusive thoughts. These thoughts trigger distressing feelings and causes the person to feel driven to engage in repetitive behavior, compulsions.
Georgia’s OCD manifested in feelings of guilt. Read the story of how she is dealing with her symptoms and searching to find the right treatment.

My OCD showed itself as we entered the new year. The countdown for the new year was like a countdown to my brain feeling broken. After learning it was OCD, I found news articles where others described it in the same words.
Guilt was a massive part of my OCD suffering. OCD would make me feel horrifically guilty for the most nothingness of things. Months were spent living in and analyzing tiny conversations, mentally checking relentlessly for proof that I hadn’t been bad. It was a terrible time. I was so anxious I could barely eat. I felt completely lost, like I wasn’t sure who I was or who I had been.
I’d always enjoyed my own company, and then OCD arrived and suddenly I was scared to be alone. But I was also scared to see other people – I only really saw my partner and my parents when OCD was particularly awful.
OCD is such a thief, it feels as though it robs you of all tenses, mourning and analyzing the past, fearing the future and thus losing the present.

Managing OCD Symptoms
When OCD first appeared, mental compulsions took up a lot of my time. These days I’m better at managing them and they bother me less (thank goodness). My OCD is much more manageable than it used to be and I’m so grateful. But I remember the months it was really awful. One afternoon I was in my flat, sobbing, clutching my head, rocking back and forth, and begging my mind to just stop it. I felt so overwhelmed.
It hurts a bit whenever I see a photo of myself from before, when tiny things were not so difficult. When I didn’t have the water burning hot to wash my hands to make sure the germs are gone, or when I didn’t waste my time staring at taps or switches which I know are turned off. I remember when I could be excited about happy upcoming events and holidays, without the fear of OCD ruining them, and then being painfully aware that having that fear may make it more likely.

Being Thought-Stuck
Being thought-stuck is another one of OCD’s cruel aspects. Once I felt stuck in a specific thought for a few days, and it was during a time when even sleep was no respite as OCD themes would infiltrate my dreams. As soon as I opened my eyes, there was the thought again. It is the most consuming experience living in the same thought, without even a moment’s pause, for hours and hours. No distraction worked.
More recently, however, physical compulsions have been more time consuming. Walking became a struggle, feeling as though I had to stop and check the ground all the time, and I’d loved going for walks before. I remember one evening feeling so distressed that I shut my eyes and just held my partner’s hand.
It’s awful this disorder, it can make you feel so useless. I didn’t think at 24 I’d be proud of myself for putting a ready meal in the oven, or for throwing away it’s wrapping without checking it for ten minutes.
I’m able to enjoy walks again (yay! Thanks ERP) but OCD has completely changed my life, it is such a cruel disorder. It affects me every day, and of course impacts the lives of those around me.

OCD Clinical Trial
OCD affects 1 in 100 people. Though there are medications to help treat OCD, many OCD patients, perhaps as many as 40-60%, do not respond to the current medication options. At Biohaven, our mission is to pave the way for new resources and studies so individuals with OCD have more effective treatment options.
We are currently conducting a research study evaluating an investigation medication to potentially treat OCD, with research sites across the country. Learn more about the OCD study and see if you qualify today.

Call (860)443-4567, email marylou@ccrstudies.com or text the keyword CCR to 74121.

OCD Study Launched

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

 

Dr. Laurence Radin will be serving as the Principal Investigator of a clinical trial evaluating an adjunct (add-on) study product for OCD.  Andrea Stewart, APRN, Diane Palmer, RN and Kelley Sanok, RN round out the study team.  If you are unsure if you might be an eligible participant for a local research study, you might have some questions.

Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of a clinical trial?

Clinical studies (also called clinical trials) are used to learn about the safety and effectiveness of possible new medications, medical devices, and medical procedures.  Although there are many types of clinical trials, all United States-based clinical trials must conform to strict rules set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  These rules help protect the rights and safety of those who volunteer to take part in clinical trials.

Who is conducting this study?

The study is being conducted on behalf of Biohaven Pharmaceuticals by multiple sites (research clinics or hospitals) across the United States with trained, qualified, medical specialists.

Will I have to pay anything to participate?

No. If you qualify and are chosen to participate, you will receive all study-related care, including investigational study drug, at no cost to you.

I’m not sure if I have OCD, can I still participate?

If you think you have OCD, a clinician will evaluate you if you are eligible.

How many people will participate in this study?

About 2,000 people will participate in this study.