strategic consultancy services to improve success

research, analysis, vision, outcomes, implementation

HSNA consultants have extensive experience in the effective leadership of research organizations. We offer expert analysis and solutions to address commonly encountered needs involving research strategy, operational effectiveness, regulatory and compliance functions, optimization of data use and reuse, and revenue enhancements.

  • HSNA provides our clients with proven, extensive expertise in major areas required for success of an institution’s research activity- strategy/organizational/operational aspects, regulatory and compliance needs and management of data of all kinds across the data lifecycle. Our principals have over 60 years of collective experience in all phases of successful operations of research organizations.
  • HSNA works to optimize the value of existing research operations, guides the development of collaborations within and across institutions, promotes the creation of public-private partnership and fosters productive community engagement.
  • HSNA offers unique experience in the development and implementation of human research policies and strategies to promote participant involvement, engagement and protection. Within a changing regulatory climate, such as the recent revision by HHS of the Common Rule, our firm works to support the alignment of institutional scientific priorities, ethical standards and reputational concerns with compliance mandates.
  • HSNA focuses on strategies for the management of research data across the data life cycle, including the development of policies and practices for data governance, data access, data sharing, workflows for data analysis, and data storage with the goal of creating high quality, reusable data and documentation for the public and scientific community. This includes the development of policies and practices across multiple public and private entities to protect proprietary data in ways that allow use in research without compromising confidentiality of the data.

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brian herman


Dr. Herman has had a distinguished administrative career at the University of Texas (UT) Health in San Antonio and the University of Minnesota. He was Vice President for Research at UT Health (2004-2011), and at the University of Minnesota (2013-2016). He served as Chancellor’s Health Fellow for Collaboration for the UT System (2011-2012), where he focused on strategic investments to support collaborative infrastructure, culture, training and administrative oversight across the 15 campuses of the UT System.

Dr. Herman has created complex partnerships between universities and corporations and between universities and government entities; undertaken significant work in economic development; and developed successful proven strategies for life science startup companies to raise capital and market themselves successfully. He has worked closely with philanthropic foundations to secure funding for strategic investments. He served on chambers of commerce in Texas and Minneapolis, and testified multiple times to the Texas and Minnesota legislature as well as the U.S. congress. He served on the board of the Texas Life Science Committee that awarded approximately half a billion dollars to new companies in Texas. He successfully launched and implemented a major new statewide program known as Minnesota Discovery and Research Innovation Economy (MnDRIVE), a major partnership between academia and industry that to date has resulted in close to two hundred IP disclosures that helped launch 13 startup companies; engaged more than three hundred external partners; and resulted in the creation of over five hundred new faculty, students, fellows and staff jobs.

Dr. Herman, a two-time NIH MERIT Award winner, has also had a long and successful research career at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (UNC) and UT Health during which he discovered a mechanism that may underlie age related (senile) osteoporosis. He is now working with colleagues at the University of Minnesota on the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease. He was granted a number of patents that were licensed to global imaging companies. He served as co-Director of both the Fluorescence Microscopy Center and the In Situ Hybridization/Probe Detection Facility at UNC. He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

David Straus

David H. Strauss, M.D.

Dr. Strauss, M.D. is a psychiatrist and research administrator with more than 25 years of leadership experience. Following medical school at Cornell University Medical College and training at Columbia, Dr. Strauss has held a number of clinical and research administrative positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York State Psychiatric Institute including Director of the Schizophrenia Research Unit and Institute Clinical Director. From 2000-2010, Dr. Strauss served as IRB Chair and Director of the Office of Human Subject Research.

From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Strauss was the Vice Chairman for Research Administration, Ethics, and Policy and Deputy Director for Research at the New York State Psychiatry Institute, where he managed the department’s 23 research divisions, human and animal research oversight functions, conflict of interest review, research integrity, and its core research facilities. Since 2007, Dr. Strauss has served on U.S. Department of Health Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Subjects Protection or one of its subcommittees.

Dr. Strauss is a member of the board of directors of Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) and chairs its public policy committee.

Dr. Strauss is a member of the Bioethics Advisory Group of Takeda Pharmaceuticals.

claudia neuhauser


Dr. Neuhauser has served in administrative roles at the University of Minnesota since 2002, starting as Director of Graduate Studies of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (2002-2005) and department head of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior (2003-2008). She served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) from 2008–2013, and as Director of Graduate Studies of the UMR-based Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate program from 2008-2017.

She returned to the Twin Cities campus in 2014 to build the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) to increase informatics capabilities as part of OVPR’s strategic plan. In 2015, she also became the Director of the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), which serves over 4,000 users at the University of Minnesota and external industry partners. The two institutes were organized under Research Computing in 2015. Since 2016, she has been Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Research Computing.

Dr. Neuhauser has built academic and research programs with partners in the health industry. Her current focus is on facilitating and accelerating data-intensive research through partnerships with core research facilities and industry partners, and research collaborations between faculty labs and staff at the Supercomputing Institute. She is also currently co-leading a major initiative at the University of Minnesota to restructure and redesign the more than 40 petabytes of data storage to increase usability and develop a sustainable model for future growth in data storage.

She is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, and Morse-Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor. From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Neuhauser served on the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She is currently serving on the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In 2011, Neuhauser was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2012, she became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.

Tracey Herman

Tracey Curran-Herman

Ms. Curran-Herman is a graphic and freelance artist and owner of Creative Graphics, Inc. Her professional experience encompasses work for educational institutions at all levels, and from small to international companies. Her work has appeared in highly reputable scientific publications and books. In addition to her work with Creative Graphics, she was the owner, publisher and editor of Mood Magazine and a co-founder and CEO of the Regional Artists Consortium in San Antonio, Texas, where she managed the operations of three geographically distinct galleries, selling artwork from the members of the Regional Artist Consortium.

Tracey Curran-Herman has also been very involved in the San Antonio non-profit community. She served as the Vice Chair of the City of San Antonio’s Cultural Arts Board, as a board member of the San Antonio based Artists Foundation, ARTS SA, San Antonio Visual Artist, Council for Excellence in Women's Health, Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy Board, Northwest Vista College Art Advisory Committee, The Weisman Art Museum BASH Host Committee (Minneapolis) and the McNay Museum Gala Committee (San Antonio). She graduated from the United Way Masters Leadership Program and the Citizen’s Police Academy in 2010.

Anujani Aluwihare


Ms. Aluwihare is a result-oriented financial leader with experience in financial management, accounting and auditing management, and strategic planning. She has successfully led key projects by collaborating with leaders to create business strategies, built and developed high performing teams, plan and execute project deliverables, and implement tools and processes to sustain needed change with internal controls and compliance always at the forefront.

She has conducted complex financial and operational audits, developed shared services models to lower cost while enhancing service and is highly capable in the areas of team/employee development, US GAAP and internal controls compliance, financial planning & analysis, strategic & capital planning, budgeting & forecasting, financial modeling, pricing and cost accounting and project & change management. She has over fifteen years of experience serving in lead financial management roles in the University of Texas and the University of Minnesota Systems.