Welcome to our new board member, Professor Barry Borman.

Professor Borman is an expert in the epidemiology of congenital anomalies and based at Massey University, where he is a Professor of Epidemiology.

He has been the Director of the New Zealand Congenital Anomalies Register (NZCAR) since 1987, which monitors the occurrence of congenital anomalies in NZ, and conducts studies into their causes. He also represents New Zealand at the International Clearinghouse for Birth Defects Surveillance and Research.

Since the late 1990s, Professor Borman has been extensively involved in advising governments, crown agencies and the health sector on issues around folic acid fortification to reduce the risk of babies being born with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly. He has been a member of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Primary Industries technical advisory groups.

Professor Borman is also Director of  Environmental Health Intelligence NZ (EHINZ), which monitors the effect of the environment on the health of New Zealanders, under a contract to the Ministry of Health.

Welcome to the Challenge.