Maria Cervone was Informatics Director for the SMART IRB program from 2014-2019. SMART IRB is a national collaborative with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and over 400 participating institutions. SMART IRB offers transactional workflows that enable investigators and institutions to request, track, and document IRB reliance arrangements on a study-by-study basis in support of single IRB review.
Maria’s informatics interests include user-centered design, project direction, transactional workflow systems, semantically-based solutions, website development, and agile methodologies.
Maria joined Harvard Catalyst at its inception in 2008. For many years, she led the Harvard Catalyst Web Portal team, overseeing the portal itself and numerous informatics tools, including Apply Hub, IRB Ceded Review, IssueMaker, Education Video Library, Elements of Grant Writing, and Pathfinder. She also implemented the Harvard Catalyst Clinical Research Centers’ Protocol Review system and conducted early visioning and requirements gathering for Scheduler. Maria conceived and implemented the inaugural websites for the HMS Center for Primary Care and Harvard Immunology.
Prior to Harvard Catalyst, Maria was Senior Project Manager for the Center for Biomedical Informatics, where she led several projects for the Autism Consortium. She obtained a certificate in Public Health Informatics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also held numerous leadership positions at Genetics Institute/Wyeth BioPharma (now Pfizer), where she established workflow-based document management and regulatory submission systems.