Meridien Research - Bradenton

Center Information

Nicole Huff
Site Director
Meridien Research - Bradenton
8043 Cooper Creek Boulevard #107
Bradenton, FL 34201

Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas

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

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 700
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 18,000


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:

  • 8,200 square feet of dedicated research space located in a professional medical complex
  • 3 fully equipped exam rooms
  • On site laboratory – Waived CLIA
  • -20 degree freezer
  • -70 degree freezer
  • Interpretive ECG machine
  • Back-up generator and dedicated AC unit for power and temperature control of drug storage area and -70 & -20 freezers
  • Echocardiograms performed by outside company on site
  • Central security system
  • Central locked, temperature controlled drug storage area
  • Dedicated monitoring space
  • DSL/wireless internet throughout the office
  • CT/MRI scan, mammograms with immediate scheduling at outpatient radiology center


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.

Lou Chaykin, MD joined the Meridien team as PI of our Bradenton site in 2008. He retired from his private practice in Miami in December 2007. He has over 15 years in pharmaceutical research and is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is involved with chairing and developing programs for CME and CEUfor Physicians, Nurses, P.A.s, Dieticians, and Pharmacists in Diabetes and related topics. Dr. Chaykin is also a national speaker for Eli Lilly on the topic of relationship of atypical anti-psychotics as they relate to risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cardiovascular events in the treatment of schizophrenia and bi-polar disorders. His areas of expertise are in diabetes, lipids, metabolic syndrome and osteoporosis.Since joining Meridien Dr. Chaykin has broadened his range of investigation to include obesity, women’s health, post herpetic neuralgia, irritable bowel syndrome, smoking cessation, gout and hypertension.


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.

Rosa Valenzuela is the Site Director and is responsible for the day to day operations of the site and is 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

Contact Center

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