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Understanding  Berberine

Designs for Health Australia and AMNEC present a Practitioner Briefing Webinar:

Understanding Berberine  |  Clinical Applications & Practitioner Briefing

Welcome To This Co-Hosted Practitioner Webinar

Designs for Health Australia and AMNEC present an exclusive event for Accredited Practicing Dietitians: An evidence-based practitioner education briefing on Berberine.

Hosted by Designs for Health Australia Health Educator Leonie Gascoigne and the AMNEC team for Q+A.

This Practitioner Briefing Webinar focuses on the key ingredient, Berberine. It explores its relevance to your clinical practice, highlighting the relevant research and applications. Broaden your understanding and gain clinical insights to implement in your practice.

Download Webinar Slides & Resources

Download Research and Reference Papers

2021 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of RCTs

Efficacy and Safety of Berberine Alone for Several Metabolic Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials.

The Effect of Berberine on Metabolic Profiles in Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.

The effect and safety of Berberine on polycystic ovary syndrome: a systematic review.

2022 Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of RCTs

Efficacy and safety of berberine in preventing recurrence of colorectal adenomas: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Other recent studies of interest

Study on the Effect of Berberine, Myoinositol, and Metformin in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Prospective Randomised Study

Polycystic ovary syndrome management: a review of the possible amazing role of berberine.

The Effect of Berberine on Reproduction and Metabolism in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Control Trials.

Learn from Dr Coetzee’s wealth of experience

Dr Oscar Coetzee
Clinician, Researcher, Educator

Motivated by his desire to reverse the chronic illness epidemic, Dr Coetzee continues to be a pioneer in the field of nutritional science.

Born and raised in South Africa, where he completed his military schooling and earned bachelor’s degrees in criminology and psychology, Dr Coetzee also earned a masters degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport (USA).
He went on to receive a PhD in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of New Hampshire (USA), and a Doctorate of Clinical Nutrition (DCN). Dr Coetzee finished his second doctorate from Maryland University of Integrative Health, with a specialisation in nutrigenomics.

His key areas of interest are chronic inflammatory diseases, metabolic syndrome, intestinal permeability, type 2 diabetes and sports performance.

An evidence-based practitioner education briefing

Renowned US clinician, Dr Oscar Coetzee, presents this spotlight on Berberine.

Insulin and blood glucose management challenges are now increasingly common in patients. Blood lipids and liver health are also highly relevant factors for many patients, including those with NAFLD.
Practitioners can benefit from the latest clinical experience and research into Berberine to have more diagnosing and prescribing resources.

Dr Oscar Coetzee draws on his own clinical expertise and shares detailed insights into treatment options using Berberine.

Learn the key clinical applications of Berberine:

  • Understand the background and history of Berberine R&D
  • Clinical use and effectiveness of Berberine
  • Effectiveness to support healthy blood sugar/glucose
  • Berberine use for liver conditions in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Relevance of Berberine to insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia
  • Antimicrobial, antiviral, and antiparasitic actions of Berberine
  • Mechanisms of action in the maintenance of healthy blood lipids/blood fats
  • Latest Berberine research and systematic reviews

DFH Host

Leaonie Gascoigne

Leonie Gascoigne ND
Designs for Health Australia

Leonie Gascoigne is Victorian State Business Manager and Health Educator at Designs for Health Australia.

Leonie is an experienced naturopathic practitioner, yoga instructor and technical sales consultant. She has been actively involved in the pharmaceutical, complementary medicine, functional medicine, health wellness and fitness industries.

Leonie provides direct support for practitioners – and frequently provides guidance on GI-Map Test reports.


Antigone Kouris APD, AN, PhD
AMNEC Advisory Team

Antigone Kouris has over 30 years experience as a clinical Dietitian, researcher, author and more recently food product developer.

Her pioneering PhD was the first study to show in the 1990s that adherence to a Mediterranean Diet Pattern (MDP) in old age conferred longevity. Her research team at the time was also the first to develop a validated MDP score, enabling many researchers around the world to study the health benefits of the MDP, contributing to the huge body of evidence surrounding this diet.

Rocco Di Vincenzo APD, AN
AMNEC Advisory Team

Rocco Di Vincenzo is a Consultant Dietitian who has a strong integrative functional nutritional and environmental medicine focus in his private practice and has formal qualifications in this area.

Rocco’s focus is on multidisciplinary, holistic, individually tailored, patient-centred nutrition intervention programs and the justifiable, evidence-based, systematic, strategic, goal-oriented use of pharmaceutical-grade, practitioner only nutraceuticals to work in conjunction with GP/Specialist prescribed pharmaceuticals as a treatment adjunct in helping treat the root cause of disease and alleviation of patient symptomatology.