John Jack Jones has been appointed chief information officer at the National Institutes of Health, NIH Director Elias Zerhouni announced.
I am honored to continue in the tradition of leadership established by my predecessors, and I am confident that the NIH will continue to excel in our collaborative endeavors, Jones said in a written statement.
In this position, Jones will advise the NIH director on matters regarding computational bioscience, computer engineering and information technology. Jones will also continue to serve as acting director of NIHs Center for Information Technology, or CIT, until a permanent director is appointed.
Jack's broad experience gives him an outstanding perspective on the rapidly changing issues in the information technology field. He has a long-term interest in the sharing of computer-based information that is relevant to our need to expand the sharing of research data, Zerhouni said in a written statement.
Jones in late 2005 began serving as NIHs acting CIO. He joined the NIH as its chief IT architect in 2001 and began serving as acting deputy director of the CIT in 2003, before being named acting director of the center.
Zerhouni plans to step down from NIH as its director at the end of this month.