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South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC Clinical Research Team


South Shore Neurologic Associates Clinical Research Department has focused on bringing cutting-edge medication opportunities to patients in need. The clinical trials are designed to help evaluate medications & devices prior to FDA approval, as well as further evaluate post-approval medications. These opportunities allow access to medications & devices with greater efficacy than some that are currently available and access to care for those who are unable to obtain effective therapies. This also allows us to bring high-tech research to our community and provide the opportunity to allow our patients to help find the cures for their illness. We have participated in many clinical trials for Multiple Sclerosis, trials for Parkinson's disease and compassionate access treatments for ALS.

Lori Fafard, RN, BSN

Lori Fafard is a Clinical Research Nurse at South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC; she received her diploma from Rhode Island College (1994), Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Ms. Fafard has extensive hospital experience in Neurology working on the Neurology Unit at Stony Brook University Medical Center, and Clinical Research Nurse. She has certifications in Neurological Nursing and Multiple Sclerosis Nursing & Clinical Research. Ms. Fafard manages the Research Department at the Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care Center at South Shore Neurologic Associates. Ms. Fafard joined the practice in 2005.

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Laura Graffitti, RN, BSN

Laura Graffitti is a Clinical Research Nurse at South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC; she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from New York University in 1978. Laura has spent the last 30 years with a special concentration in Neurology receiving her certification in Neurological Nursing in 2006 and MS Certification in 2010 & recently Clinical Research. Laura is a Stroke/ Neurology Clinician at Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as a Research Study Coordinator at South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC. She joined the practice in 2007.

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Diana Ellsayed, RN

Diana Ellsayed is a Clinical Research Nurse at South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC; she received her Associates of Science in Nursing from Suffolk County Community College in 2007. Diana is a Stroke/Neurology Nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as a Research Study Coordinator at South Shore Neurologic Associates, PC. She joined the practice in 2010.

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