Westat Research Team Receives NCI Director's Award


Westat researchers were part of a group that received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Director’s Award on November 19, 2015, for their efforts in the Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN) start-up.

The Westat researchers are part of the NCI’s Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) project, which has been operated by Westat since 1999; the ETCTN task was managed as part of the CTSU.

Westat staff who received recognition for their part in the ETCTN Implementation Working Group are as follows:

  • Ravi Rajaram, CTSU Assistant Project Director for Information Technology
  • Lucille Patrichuk, CTSU Assistant Project Director for Network Support
  • Jenny Hopkins, CTSU Project Manager for the ETCTN

These staff members, as well as many others who were not named, were instrumental in coordinating the ETCTN implementation effort from both a systems and operations perspective. Westat staff continue to provide ongoing network support to the ETCTN on behalf of the CTSU.

The ETCTN, which was activated in March 2014, focuses on early drug development and early phase clinical trials. The network uses centralized NCI and CTSU services and systems to promote efficiency, team science, and a network approach to the early phase clinical trials environment.

Learn more about how Westat supports the CTSU.