Meridien Research

Center Information

Jennifer McCaffrey
Site Director
Meridien Research
4751 66th St. North
St Petersburg, FL 33709


Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

Cardiology/Vascular Diseases
Family Medicine
Healthy Volunteers
Infections and Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Nutrition and Weight Loss
Obstetrics/Gynecology (Women’s Health)


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:

  • Centrifuge
  • Scale in pounds and kilograms
  • Stadiometer
  • -70° freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Three exam rooms with gynecologic examination capabilities
  • EKG machines
  • Large double-locked medication room with 24 hour temperature recording
  • Three independent monitoring offices with high speed internet access
  • Quiet testing rooms for cognitive evaluations
  • Regulatory office
  • Large medical records storage on site
  • Kitchen for food preparation
  • Multiple waiting areas for subjects
  • Ample parking


Principal Investigators:

Gigi C. Lefebvre, MD is a board certified Family Physician who has been in private practice in St. Petersburg since 1990. After graduating from Louisiana State University in New Orleans in 1987, she came to St. Petersburg to complete her Family Practice residency training at Bay Front Medical Center. She enjoys all aspects of medicine in both the out-patient setting of her private practice as well as the clinical research arena. Dr. Lefebvre has been conducting trials in multi-therapeutic areas with Meridien Research since January of 2006.

Martin Bialow, MD is a board certified physician who has served as a cardiologist in private practice, a staff cardiologist at Bay Pines and Morton Plant, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr. Bialow also serves as the Associate Medical Director of Suncoast Hospice. Dr. Bialow is an expert in cardiology. He is a Sub-Investigator at our St. Petersburg clinic.


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.

Jennifer McCaffrey is the St. Petersburg Site Director. She is responsible for the day to day operations of their sites and are the contact person for new study inquires. She works directly with their 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

Additional Sites:

Beaumont Business Center
5411 Beaumont Center Boulevard, Suite 760
Tampa, FL 33634

120 Medical Boulevard #103
Spring Hill, FL 34609

8043 Cooper Creek Boulevard, Suite 107
Bradenton, FL 34201

3133 Lakeland Hills Boulevard, Suite 2
Lakeland, FL 33805

2300 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 230
Maitland, FL 32751

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