Become a master of the gastrointestinal biome.

This is our most comprehensive course yet.

Naturally, it is on gastrointestinal - and related - health, and we're excited to be collaborating with Dr Jason Hawrelak.

Dr Hawrelak is a research scientist, educator, nutritionist, and Western herbalist with over 18 years' clinical experience. His specialism is gastrointestinal health, the human microbiome and probiotics. 

Quite simply, there is no one better to teach this stuff.

 Course Details:

When: every Tuesday for 6 weeks starting 18th September 2018

Time: live at 12:00-14:00 UK GMT. Recordings to be viewed at a time that suits you

Cost: £199

CPD: 12 hours (BANT, NNA, NTOI)

This course is for clinicians only


As a practitioner, and as Chief Medical Officer for Designs For Health and Diagnostic Solutions, it is imperative that I stay on the very top of the knowledge curve with respect to GI issues. I also strive to bring the freshest and most clinically relevant information to my university courses at the University of Bridgeport. I am confident that this course will help me do just that, given the extensive knowledge and experience of Dr. Hawrelak in this rapidly evolving field of study. I could not be happier that Invivo is offering this exceptional opportunity to us as clinicians.

I am so excited to be enrolled on this course!

Dr David Brady

Dr Jason Hawrelak

Dr Hawrelak, PhD, did his Honours (First Class) and PhD degrees in the areas of the gastrointestinal microbiota, irritable bowel syndrome, the causes of dysbiosis, and the clinical applications of pre- and pro-biotics. He has written extensively in the medical literature on these topics – including 16 textbook chapters – and his research has been cited over 800 times. Dr Hawrelak regularly presents to other health professionals on the gut microbiome, probiotics, optimising gut health, and managing gastrointestinal conditions with natural medicines nationally and internationally. 

Dr Hawrelak has taught health professionals at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level for the past 18 years. He currently coordinates and teaches the Evidence-based Complementary Medicine Programs in the College of Health & Medicine at the University of Tasmania (Hobart, Australia) and is the Gastrointestinal Imbalances lecturer in the Master of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine program at the University of Western States (Portland, Oregon). He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) at the University of Technology Sydney (Sydney, Australia).

Dr Hawrelak is on the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society for Nutrition and in July 2015, Jason was awarded a Fellowship from the American College of Nutrition for his significant contributions to the teaching and practice of nutrition in Australia and North America. Jason is also a Fellow of the Naturopaths and Herbalists Association of Australia. He is Chief Research Officer at, which offers a searchable database that enables easy, evidence-based prescribing of probiotic products and online resources for clinicians, and health-conscious members of the public, to learn more about the human microbiome and how they can positively influence these ecosystems.

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Class 1 | 18.09.18 | 12.00-14.00

Probiotics, Prebiotics and Colonic Foods | Clinical Tools that Heal the Gut and Beyond

The world of probiotics is, in reality, a challenging area to navigate. It is an area rife with misinformation and misunderstandings. In this lecture, common probiotic myths will be busted and a number of key concepts will be explored, such as food versus supplement sources of microbes; the capacity of supplemental microbes to colonise or 're-seed' the gut; and how to select the best product from a myriad of choices for a specific patient. 

I will introduce you to a new probiotic prescribing paradigm and the concept of a probiotic materia medica.
We will also explore the clinical applications of prebiotics and colonic foods – two, currently under-utilised, categories of clinical tools capable of inducing profound shifts in the gastrointestinal microbiome.

Class 2 | 25.09.18 | 12.00-14.00

Gastrointestinal Tract Dysbiosis and its Role in Metabolic Disease

The rates of both metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes have escalated dramatically in Western nations over the past three decades. Metabolic syndrome now affects 30-40% of people by age 65 and over 3.5 million UK-residents have type 2 diabetes. Recent research has suggested a link between both of these conditions and dysbiosis in the GIT microbiota.

I will provide an overview of what the research in this area has found to date, and highlight treatment approaches that can both beneficially modify the composition and functioning of the GIT microbiota and improve metabolic disease outcomes.

Class 3 | 02.10.18 | 12.00-14.00

The Vaginal Microbiome | The Vital Roles of this Under-Appreciated Ecosystem

There are a number of microbiomes that play key roles in human health. The most well-known, and well-researched, is the gastrointestinal microbiome. In this webinar, however, we’re going to be exploring another vital, but generally under-appreciated, ecosystem – the vaginal microbiome.

In this class, we’ll be detailing the characteristics that define a healthy vaginal microbiota, highlight the importance of this ecosystem to a woman’s health, and discuss UTIs, and two of the most common vaginal dysbiotic patterns - bacterial vaginosis and Group B Streptococcus – and their potential health implications.

We will also explore natural medicines that can be used to nurture the vaginal microbiome (including vaginal prebiotics), restore it to a healthy state after disruption, and treat bacterial vaginosis and Group B Streptococcus, as well as ways to prevent, treat and reduce recurrent UTIs.

Class 4 | 09.10.18 | 12.00-14.00

Depression and GIT Microbiota

It has long been known that psychological stress could negatively impact the composition of the gastrointestinal tract microbiota. Research conducted over the past decade has shown, however, that alterations in the composition of the microbiota can actually alter emotional behaviour and brain function. This is now being referred to as the Brain-Gut-Microbiota axis. 

We’ll look at the mechanisms by which microbes may modify our mood (specifically depression), which microbes may be involved, and highlight treatments that can both alter the gut ecosystem and lift our spirits.

Class 5 | 16.10.18 | 12.00-14.00

IBD (part 1): Crohn’s Disease

In this class, we will explore the two most common Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Dietary and lifestyle factors that may contribute to the development of these IBDs will be discussed, as well as the dietary interventions, herbal medicines and supplements that can effectively manage these increasingly common conditions.

Class 6 | 23.10.18 | 12.00-14.00

IBD (part 2): Ulcerative Colitis and Protecting and Diversifying a Dwindling Microbiome

We are living in an age where nearly all our patients will be experiencing some degree of dysbiosis. The modern Western diet and lifestyle, as well as the use of a number of pharmaceutical drugs, has had major repercussions on the composition and functioning of the gastrointestinal tract microbiota. Given the growing evidence highlighting the importance of the microbiota to our overall well-being, one of our roles as healthcare practitioners should be to help our patients protect their microbiota from injury and restore and improve the state of this ecosystem and diversify a dwindling microbiome.

We will explore the importance of the GIT microbiome in relation to the ever-growing list of associated health conditions, before highlighting the key reasons behind the dysbiosis epidemic - from a diet, food additive and medication perspective. I will provide tools and techniques that can be used to protect, and nurture the GIT microbiome and improve its diversity.


* Course content may change slightly