Velocity Clinical Research, Gulfport
Velocity's research site in Gulfport was founded in 2016 as the second site of MedPharmics and acquired by Velocity in 2022. Since its inception, the site has conducted trials in Infectious Diseases and Women’s Health, including over 25 vaccine trials. Our Gulfport site played an integral role during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, completing COVID-19 trials for both children and adults.
Located directly off Highway 49 in an independent medical office building on Dedeaux Road, the site is easily accessible with abundant parking. Additionally, the site is close to the local hospital. All trials conducted at the site are performed in accordance with ICH and FDA guidelines, and in compliance with GCP. The Gulfport team is committed to being a resource for study volunteers, to providing the highest quality of patient care with compassion and kindness and to advancing medicine through research.
Our experienced research team in Gulfport
The Velocity Gulfport team of physician investigators and clinical research professionals are experienced clinical researchers. All physicians are board certified in their specialty area(s) and all research staff is trained in clinical research regulations, including GCP and HIPAA. Training records and certifications are maintained. Our clinical team is dedicated to conducting quality research in a professional and caring environment and strives on collecting quality data.
Paul Matherne, MD earned his undergraduate degree from LSU and his medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, LA. He then completed his residency as a family practice physician in 1981 when he moved to Biloxi, MS. In addition to practicing medicine for over 40 years, Dr. Matherne has worked as a Clinical Professor at the University of Mississippi Medical School since 1984. He has conducted clinical trials as a Principal Investigator since 2016, focusing primarily on vaccine trials, including COVID-19 vaccine trials for children and adults.
Noel Duplantier, MD is a board certified OB/GYN with extensive experience in many aspects of obstetrics and gynecological care. As a specialist in women’s health, she prides herself on being able to provide the best possible care to her patients, drawing on her finely tuned medical judgment and surgical skills. Dr. Duplantier also specializes in evaluating and treating hormonal imbalances, including perimenopausal issues, using hormone pellet procedures with outstanding results for her patients. She graduated from LSU School of Medicine and performed her residency at Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans. She’s been with Hancock Women’s Center for 22 years. Dr. Duplantier began serving as a Principal Investigator and Sub Investigator in 2020 and continues to strive for advancements in women’s healthcare through clinical trials.
Jennifer D. Gates, DNP, FNP-C has spent her career in the state of Mississippi. Jennifer initially received undergraduate nursing degrees from Hinds Community College and Mississippi University for Women. She later attended Alcorn State University where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner degree, and her Doctoral of Nursing Practice. Before she entered the clinical research, Jennifer worked as a nurse and as a nurse practitioner in primary care and gastroenterology. Jennifer joined Velocity Clinical Research in 2022 as a sub investigator. Research has allowed Jennifer to serve the Gulfport community in a new way as she tries to help bring new medications and treatments to the world.
Tasha Parker has held various positions in the medical field along the Gulf Coast beginning in 2010. Before her time in clinical research, Tasha spent several years as a CCMA in a family medicine clinic before transitioning to clinical supervisor with an OBGYN group.In 2021, Tasha transitioned to the clinical research industry when she became a clinical research coordinator for Velocity Clinical Research (formerly MedPharmics). Not long afterward, Tasha became the Site Director, largely due to her leadership skills. Tasha leads the Velocity’s Gulfport location with a calm demeanor and always lends a helping hand. She also supports the investigators of Gulfport with her well-suited critical thinking abilities.
Gulfport facility features
The Velocity Clinical Research, Gulfport facility is designed for the ease and comfort of study participants and to allow optimal efficiencies in performing clinical trials. Features at this site include:
- Private examination/consultation rooms
- Comfortable patient reception areas
- Facilities for extended-stay pharmacokinetic studies
- Nursing station
- Secure monitoring rooms or workstations with phone & high-speed internet access
- Multiple individual & secure workstations for research staff
- Regulatory document processing area
- Electronic data capture (EDC) capabilities
- Secure record storage
- CLIA certified research laboratory or clinical laboratory with CLIA waiver
- Ambient and refrigerated centrifuge
- Secured & temperature controlled investigational product storage with pharmaceutical refrigerator & freezer
- Freezers equipped for laboratory specimens at -20 & -70 degrees Celsius
- Backup generator/power source in the event of site power loss
- Standard medical equipment, including ECG and Holter machines, digital and analog scales