Faculty Bios

Pediatric Clinical Trials Conference


Course Co-Chair - Lisa Benson, BS

Senior Vice President, Research Operations, Quality & Education, Institute for Advanced Clinical Trials for Children (I-ACT)


Lisa Benson is the Sr. Vice President of Clinical Site Network at the Institute for Advance Clinical Trials for Children. Her focus is on external infrastructure development and working to establish best practices and common tools for pediatric clinical trials. In this role she leads educational programs and works to ensure engagement of patients, parents, children or all ages, and research staff in the Institute’s activities. Formerly she comes from the Department of Research at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT where she was Senior Director of Research Operations and Sponsored Program, including the Clinical Trials Unit, Research Compliance, Research Finance, Contracts, and Grants. She has extensive experience in site management and quality, inter-institutional collaborations, and decision analytics. Ms. Benson is regarded as a highly-respected research administrator and clinical research operations expert. She is a Certified Clinical Research Contract Professional (CRCP) and Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) and has served as board member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). She has held leadership roles for the Clinical Research Associates of the Children’s Oncology Group. Ms. Benson s a well-known educator in pediatric clinical research operations and administration, serving on the faculty of SOCRA, invited speaker at the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and author of professional publications in the field.


Course Co-Chair - Amanda Galster, MPH, CCRP

Clinical Research Program Director, University of Minnesota


Amanda Galster is the Director of the Clinical Research Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota and the Masonic Children’s Hospital. She has been managing pediatric clinical research programs for the past 17 years, and for the past 8 years has been responsible for building research infrastructure across multiple pediatric specialties.