Meridian Sites Supporting Neurology Research
Investigators supporting neurology trials
Investigators fellowship-trained in movement disorders

Investigative sites for groundbreaking trials

By leveraging relationships with neurology centers nationwide, Meridian provides greater access to special populations. These sites are led by physicians that fully support clinical research, and several of Meridian’s principal investigators are leading regional providers for neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis.

Meridian’s neurology sites also have long-established patient databases featuring sensitive and hard-to-recruit cohorts, which is particularly valuable for rare disease research programs.

Beyond these neurology sites, Meridian has dedicated research centers and internists that support high-volume trials for more common conditions, such as migraines and depression. Principal investigators at these sites frequently author articles in prestigious publications — results from a study performed at Meridian were recently published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Meridian provides full recruitment capabilities and procedural continuity to support even the most complex neurological product development programs.

Therapeutic Experience

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy, idiopathic generalized epilepsy (IGE)
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Migraines
  • Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS), Relapsing-remitting MS
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Organic brain syndrome
  • Pain management
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Tourette syndrome

Featured Neurology Investigators


Michael Hemphill, MD

Dr. Hemphill is highly sought-after in neurology research and academia, and frequently speaks at the request of pharmaceutical sponsors. He specializes in multiple sclerosis (MS), migraine, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and pediatric neurology. Dr. Hemphill has practiced at Savannah Neurology Specialists since 1981 and has conducted clinical research for more than 25 years.

  • Special qualification in child neurology; fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.
  • MS patient advocate; member of the board of directors of the Georgia Chapter of the National MS Society (NMSS); winner of the 2018 NMSS Health Professional Impact Award.
  • Featured in Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in the Southeast lists.
  • Graduated from Baylor College of Medicine; performed residency training in neurology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he did a research fellowship in movement disorders and was Assistant Professor of Neurology.
  • Studied bioethics as a Rockefeller Fellow at Harvard University; Earned an MBA from Emory University.

Ingrid Loma-Miller, MD

Dr. Loma-Miller specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with MS, and has overseen numerous MS clinical trials as a Meridian principal investigator. She has also been selected to serve on the National Medical Advisory Committee for NMSS.

  • Advises NMSS efforts to advance knowledge and best practices regarding MS care.
  • Graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon and the Medical School Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico; completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; fluent in Spanish.
  • Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Competence in Child Neurology.
  • Completed fellowship training in child neurology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and post-doctoral fellowship training in MS at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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