LAUNCESTON: Developmental biology in the GIT: how the past influences the present

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Date & Time

13 Nov 2019, 5:30pm 8:30pm



Seminar Details

Wednesday, 13 November 2019
5:30 - 8:30 PM

2 CPE Points


Developmental biology studies the genetic and epigenetic control of cellular growth, differentiation and “morphogenesis” which gives rise to bodily tissues and organs. In addition, it looks at the role of adult stem cells in the regeneration and maintenance of tissues and organs across our entire lives. Understanding the developmental biology of the GIT and its influencers can help change the way we, as natural medicine practitioners, treat common gastrointestinal conditions.

Learn how genetics and epigenetics influence the development of the gastrointestinal lining and the microbiome; and in turn how that cross-talk between the microbiome and gastrointestinal lining leads us down a path to health or disease.

The stem cells which give rise to all mature cells of the intestine including epithelial cells, are highly influenced by the signalling environment, in what is called the stem cell niche. The signals from the stem cell niche which include hormones, chemokines, cytokines, cellular contact, macro and micronutrients from our diet and microbiome metabolites control the growth and directs the differentiation of the stem cells. To make lasting changes to the epithelium and the microbiome, this environment must be conducive to healthy stem cell function.

Concepts to be explored:

  • Delve into the biology of the human gastrointestinal tract
  • Learn about the stem cell niche and cross-talk between the cells of the GIT and the microbiome
  • Discover how prebiotics and nutrients influence stem cells and the microbiome including the best time to introduce fibre
  • Treatment strategies for effective intervention in gastrointestinal conditions


Dr Michael Osiecki
PHD, BE (Chemical)
BBiotech (Hons)

Dr Michael is the Managing Director of Bio Concepts and the second generation of Osiecki biochemists. With scientific prowess and a passion for the industry, Dr Michael is at the forefront of education in nutritional medicine. Dr Michael draws insights from the latest relevant research in complementary medicine, applying these to the clinic and beyond.

Dr Michael has a diverse background which gives him a different perspective and innovative approach. He received his doctorate for research in the field of biological engineering, specialising in isolation and expansion of stem cells in bioreactor systems. Other research experience includes mesenchymal stromal cell differentiation, tissue regeneration, wound healing, hematopoietic stem cell niche, redox signalling and behaviour of antioxidants such as ascorbic acid. He also has a particular interest in the role education and nutrition play in treating addiction. Past experience as a chemical engineer has enabled Dr Michael to assess product manufacturing, transportation, disposal and recycling; as well as diversifying the business through technology.


The Sebel Launceston
12/14 St John Street, Launceston TAS 7250


5:30 - 6:00 PM
: Registration and Buffet Dinner
6:00 PM : Presentation begins
7:00 - 7:10 PM : 10-minute break
7:10 - 8:10 PM : Presentation continues
8:10 - 8:30 PM : Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I receive a CPE Certificate?
You will receive a hard copy of your 2 CPE Point Certificate from our Bio Concepts Territory Manager at the end of the event

Will presentation notes be provided?
Yes, you will be provided a hard copy of the seminar presentation notes on the day. You will also receive an email with a digital copy for you to download after the event.

What if I can’t attend an event?
Unfortunately, we won't be offering a recording of this seminar series.

Can I purchase only the notes?
Unfortunately we do not offer this option. The notes are a summary of what is discussed at the event, to fully understand the topic it is best to attend the event.

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Please note: Cancellations made within 30 days of the event will receive a refund minus administrative fees of $25. Cancellations made within 14 days of the event will not receive any refund, this includes 'no-shows' - if you do not attend this seminar you will not receive your CPE Certificate.