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About Life-Space Microbiome Institute (LSMI)


The rapidly evolving field of microbiome science has introduced healthcare practitioners to a broad range of new therapies within a short period of time, with applications across gastrointestinal, neurological, cardiovascular, immune, dermatological, oral, and urogenital health. With the introduction of new therapies comes the need for quality education, which presents unbiased information in a practical and accessible way.

This ensures healthcare practitioners can keep up to date with the latest evidence to support safe and effective biotic prescribing, whether as a standalone or adjunctive treatment.

The LSMI brings together industry experts, healthcare professionals, researchers, academics, and educators, to provide insights into the various benefits and applications of biotic therapies as well as practical, clinical tools to convert this knowledge into therapeutic outcomes for patients. 



Our Commitee

Stephen Bird

MSc, PhD (Biomedicine)

Stephen is a biomedical scientist with over 20 years experience across medical research and education. Stephen has broad research experience including renal dialysis for patients with kidney failure, heart cell regeneration using stem cells and novel research for extremely preterm infants. Stephen has authored/coauthored widely in these fields and has presented research findings to local and international audiences. He is passionate about connecting research to real world challenges by partnering for research translation. This interest extends to education with over 10 years teaching in bioscience and mentoring junior researchers and staff. Given the growing awareness of the microbiome in health and disease, he is passionate about supporting healthcare professions with evidence based educational programs. Stephen is currently HCP Education Specialist at Life Space Group.

Jessica Simonis

BHSc.NutMed, AdDipWHM - Clinical Nutritionist, Western Herbalist

Jessica is a qualified Clinical Nutritionist and Western Herbalist with over 17 years of experience in the complementary medicine field. In addition to over 10 years of clinical practice with a focus on the research and treatment of chronic skin conditions (Psoriasis Eczema Clinic, Melbourne), Jessica has authored/co-authored several published articles, been a guest on renowned podcasts and developed/presented educational programs to other medical professionals. Her special interest lies with the host-microbiome-environmental relationship and it’s role in human health and disease.  Jessica is currently  Scientific Marketing Manager at Life-Space Group.

Alex Georgiou

Alex Georgiou

Adv. Dip. Nat, Adv. Dip Myo, Dip. Rem. Mas - Naturopath & Myotherapist

Alex is a qualified Naturopath and Myotherapist with extensive clinical and research experience. Alex has over fifteen years’ experience in the natural medicine industry and has worked across multiple areas, including training/education, customer service, research, and development. Alex has authored several published articles for the natural medicine industry. He has a passion for communication, ensuring training and education is concise, relevant, and understandable for healthcare professionals and consumers.

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