CIO Chat: Alastair Thomson, NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)


Alastair Thomson, the chief information officer of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the National Institutes of Health, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat. Thomson discussed how NHLBI is using the cloud to meet its mission needs. He said cloud services are helping the agency deal with its ever-growing data challenge and providing faster and more compute power for application and data sharing needs.

Executive Editor Jason Miller moderated the chat, which was underwritten by Presidio and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Registration is required to view the archive. Participants were able to ask Thomson their own questions in real-time.


Alastair Thomson has been the CIO of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the National Institutes of Health, for almost three years and has worked at the agency since February 2010. Thomson has focused on major infrastructure improvement programs including deployment of a multi-petabyte high performance storage system to support research and implementation of several major IT systems to support acquisitions, grants management, reporting and analytics and scientific portfolio analysis using semantic Web technologies. Before coming to federal service, Thomson worked as a consultant where he helped NIH and private sector firms implement technology solutions. Originally from the South Island of New Zealand, Alastair received his BSc (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Otago in 1984 where he developed a computer system for temporospatial analysis of EEG data, followed by a Diploma for Graduates in Computer Science in 1992 with a dissertation on the use of temporal neural networks for the composition of music.

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