Meridien Research - Maitland

Center Information

Ginny McClanahan
Site Director
Meridien Research - Maitland
2300 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 230
Maitland, FL 32751


Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Dental and Oral Health
Family Medicine
Genetic Disease
Healthy Volunteers
Hepatology (Liver, Pancreatic, Gall Bladder)
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)
Orthopedics/Orthopedic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases
Rare Diseases and Disorders
Trauma (Emergency, Injury, Surgery)

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 750
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 20,000


Founded in January 2000, Meridien Research is comprised of six multi-therapeutic, dedicated research centers specializing in mental health, central nervous system disorders, nutrition, women’s health and general internal medicine. The founding principals have a combined experience in clinical research of over 50 years. The company was founded on the concept of providing sponsors with the highest quality trial data in a timely fashion. Meridien Research prides itself on having a strong reputation among both large and small pharma. Repeat customers account for more than 75% of our active clinical trials. Sponsors often use all six centers for their trials as the patient populations are separate while gaining the consistency of quality across all centers. Meridien Research’s six centers are located in:

  • St. Petersburg, Florida
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Bradenton, Florida
  • Spring Hill, Florida
  • Lakeland, Florida
  • Maitland, Florida (Orlando)

Media advertising encompasses the Tampa Bay and Orlando markets, which extends the opportunity for enrollment while maximizing recruitment dollars. The centers are structured to support ease of patient participation and research coordinator efficiency. Each center has a site director, regulatory specialist, recruitment specialist, research assistants and laboratory technician who facilitate accurate and efficient data collection.


Clinical Experience: 18 years, Preferred Phases 2, 3, 4

Specialties: Anti-Aging Therapy, Behavioral Medicine, Dermatology, Endocrine & Metabolism, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Geriatric Medicine, Gynecology, Healthy Populations, Hypertension, Immunology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Nutrition, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Sleep Medicine, Women’s Health, Mental Health, and Pediatric Studies

Therapeutic Areas:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Mood Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Contraception
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pain Syndromes
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Acne
  • Mental Health
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Memory Impairment (Age Associated)
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease
  • Rosacea
  • Weight Loss
  • Endometriosis
  • Common Cold
  • Schizophrenia
  • Multiple Sclerosis


Site facilities include:

  • 6,244 square feet of dedicated outpatient research space located in a professional office complex
  • Partnerships with: local sleep lab, neuroimaging center, and ophthalmology clinic
  • 2 fully equipped outpatient exam rooms
  • On site laboratories – Waived CLIA
  • -20 degree freezers
  • -70 degree freezers
  • Interpretive ECG machines
  • Central security systems
  • Central locked, temperature controlled drug storage areas
  • Dedicated monitoring space with Wifi
  • DSL/wireless internet throughout the office


Principal Investigators:

Andrew J. Cutler, MD is board certified in both Psychiatry and Internal Medicine and has been conducting clinical research since 1993 at the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago and since 1996 in Central Florida. Dr. Cutler also speaks to professional and community audiences about the evaluation and treatment of mental illnesses such as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder (Manic-Depression), Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Schizophrenia. He is Meridien Research’s Chief Medical Officer and Principal Investigator in Lakeland, Maitland and Bradenton.

Richard D. Knapp, DO is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addictions Psychiatry and has been practicing psychiatry since 1975. He has been with Meridien Research (formerly Florida Clinical Research Center) in Maitland since 2001. Primary indications served include depression, anxiety, ADHD, alcohol dependency or other addictions, insomnia, schizophrenia, pain, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, migraine headache, women’s health, obesity and general medicine.

Andrea Marraffino, PhD She has been with Meridien Research (formerly Florida Clinical Research Center) in Maitland since 2013 as a Sub-Investigator and Principal Investigator. Her specialties include ADHD, Alzheimer’s disorder, anxiety, autism spectrum, binge eating disorder, bipolar disorder, depression, fibromyalgia, migraine headache, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.


Meridien Research has a large staff of experienced CCRC certified coordinators and laboratory personnel. We have a staff dietician. Personnel are experienced in ADAS, Ham A, Ham D, MINI, CIBIC, CDR, MMSE, ADL scales, and computerized memory testing.

Ginny McClanahan is Site Director and is responsible for the day to day operations of the site and is the contact person for new study inquires. Sheworks directly with the Principal Investigators to ensure that all trials are conducted with the highest level of quality.


Central Florida comprises a unique demographic of a large geriatric population combined with explosive growth in the population segment 35-55 years of age. Meridien Research capitalizes on the demographics of the region by strategically placing sites to capture the appropriate demographic.


Meridien Research has extensive experience in the following information technology systems:

  • eCRF - EDC
  • PhaseForward
  • INet
  • Impala
  • InForm
  • IVRS
  • Sponsor Specific programs

Contact Center

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