St. Petersburg

4751 66th Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33709
Phone: 727-347-8839
Fax: 727-384-6440

Site Director:
Jennifer McCaffrey

Hours of Operation:
8 am to 5 pm

Principal Investigator: 
Gigi C. Lefebvre, MD – Board certified in Family Practice, Gigi C. Lefebvre, MD has been in private practice in St. Petersburg since 1990. She continues to see patients at her private practice as well as serving as Principal Investigator. Dr. Lefebvre has been conducting trials in multi-therapeutic areas with Meridien Research since January of 2006.

Sub Investigators: 
Martin R. Bialow, MD – Board certified Cardiologist
Natasha Wick, MSN, ARNP, FNP-C – Nurse Practitioner

Rater Experience:
Certified raters have extensive experience with Ham-D, Ham-A, MADRS, MINI, YMRS, CIBIC, ADAS, WMS-R, CDR, EDSS, SCID and Net-Met batteries.

Research Training:
All site staff has received the following training: OSHA, IATA, CPR, IVRS, SAE, ICH, and GCP. Coordinators are experienced with EDC programs: Phase Forward, RAMOS, INET, IMPALA, Trial Master, In-Form and sponsor specific programs.

Recruitment Performance:
Meridien Research meets or exceeds enrollment goals for the majority of trials.  Statistics on screen-failure rates, retention rates and enrollment to goal rates available upon request. Patient recruitment is accomplished primarily through our 25,000+ patient database, print media, radio, social media and television advertising and subject referrals.

Therapeutic Expertise:
CNS/Psychiatry/Neurology/ General Medicine/Gynecology/Gastrointestinal/Endocrine/Sexual Dysfunction/Dermatology/Nutrition

Facilities & Equipment:

  • 5,500 square feet of dedicated research center/3 exam rooms
  • -70 degree freezer
  • -20 degree freezer
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Interpretive ECG machine
  • Dedicated monitoring spaces with phone lines and high speed internet access
  • CT/MRI scan, PET scans, 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
  • Back-up generator
  • On site laboratory – Waived CLIA
  • T 1 internet access/wireless internet throughout the office

Site director, regulatory specialist, recruiter, three FT research coordinators, one PT research coordinator, lab coordinator and front desk coordinator.

Location Directions:
Meridien Research’s St. Petersburg site is located 30 minutes from the Tampa International Airport off I-275 (exit at 38th Avenue North), which is convenient for study subjects from St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Seminole and Largo.