Meridien Research - Tampa

Center Information

Jennifer McCaffrey
Site Director
Meridien Research - Tampa
5411 Beaumont Center Blvd. #760
Tampa, FL 33634


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
Plastic Surgery
Pulmonary/Respiratory Diseases

Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 750
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 25,0000


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:

  • 5,500 square feet of dedicated research center/3 exam rooms
  • -20 degree freezer
  • Interpretive ECG machine
  • Dedicated monitoring spaces with high-speed internet access
  • Back-up generator and dedicated AC unit for power and temperature control of drug storage area and -70 & -20 freezers
  • CT/MRI scan, mammograms, endoscopy, with immediate scheduling at hospital and outpatient radiology center
  • Echocardiograms performed by outside company on site
  • Central locked temperature controlled drug storage area
  • Central security system
  • On site laboratory – Waived CLIA
  • T 1 internet access/wireless internet throughout the office
  • Staff: Site director, regulatory specialist, recruitment specialist, 4 FT research coordinators, lab coordinator, front desk coordinator, data entry coordinator and research assistants


Principal Investigator:

Cynthia Huffman MD - During her six years with Meridien Research, Dr. Cynthia Huffman has been a principal investigator and sub-investigator for over 100 clinical trials. Although, Dr. Huffman specializes in CNS trials, her broad range of investigation includes studies in multiple sclerosis, age associated memory impairment, mild cognitive impairment, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, post herpetic neuralgia, diabetic peripheral neuralgia, insomnia, Alzheimer’s disease, dermatology, gynecology, internal medicine, rheumatology, gastroenterology, smoking cessation and endocrinology.

Dr. Huffman received her B.S. from Ohio State University and her M.D. from Wright State University. She did her four-year residency at the Texas Medical Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Dr. Huffman is board-certified by the American College of Psychiatry and Neurology.

In addition to the above, Dr. Huffman’s medical experience includes thirteen years in private practice serving out-patients, and hospital and rehabilitation patients. Dr. Huffman has been the director of a National Multiple Sclerosis Society sponsored clinic and has worked for the University of South Florida in medical student education.


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 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 the Principal Investigator 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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