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Welcome to IPRS's Website. On this page you will find links to background information about IPRS as well as important links to provide more details of our programs and of related resources.

IPRS is a non-profit corporation founded to conduct research in the creativity and innovation processes, to apply technology to solving problems of society, to be a catalyst for change through education and innovation and to empower inventors, creative thinkers and policy makers.

IPRS has received grants from the U.S. Department of Energy to develop models for inventor support programs with an emphasis on providing gap-filling services for inventors seeking to license their inventions.  Click on the Research button to see further details and learn about an exciting new initiative in medical research headlined in our Magnesium Project and Maternal Health Project (see the side bar for detailed links).

IPRS has also developed white papers on the U.S. patent system, and how increasing "harmonization" of U.S. patent laws could impact the independent inventor and America’s technological competitiveness. Find out more about our education initiatives by clicking on the Education button at the top.

IPRS is listed as a resource for inventors in a number of internationally distributed publications and continues to provide information to inventors including referrals to inventor support groups, useful materials and important web site linkages. Click on our Services button for more details.

If you would like to learn more about us, contact us or join us in our efforts to support American innovation, click on the appropriate button. Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you will let others know about us.

Follow the links above to IPRS's major research and education programs as well as information on the services IPRS provides to the public.  A brief history of IPRS and introduction to the management and directors is available here.

Links to other organizations of interest to inventors, researchers and educators are also provided.

You may also want to visit our sponsoring organizations: Enbede Co. and Haley Publications, or learn how to become a sponsor.

Current Major Projects

 Magnesium Project

The Magnesium Project is a broad program that includes basic research on biomarkers, regulatory pathways and chemical sensors and  messengers involved in the uptake, utilization, storage and excretion of magnesium.  It also includes developing a better understanding of relationships between magnesium utilization in the body and clinical manifestations, symptoms or diseases.  It also includes developing educational materials and programs to increase awareness of the challenges and opportunities for impacting global and national health care procedures, policies and costs.

Besides health care, magnesium is involved in the life sustaining systems other animals, plants and even lower life forms.  It plays a role in activation of many different enzymes (including a large group of kinases), phosphorylases, transferases and signaling proteins.  It serves a chelating role and is key in complexing with the porphyrin groups of chlorophyll.  Reaching a better understanding of Mg biochemistry in these systems could have profound implications on food sources, agriculture and microbiology as well as the impact on human health as outlined above.

  Women & Infant Nutrition Project

The Women & Infant Nutrition Project was an outgrowth of the Magnesium project as a result of three observations:  A large portion of the world population is deficient in magnesium, magnesium plays a major role in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, and specifically magnesium is used in the treatment of eclampsia (a major cause of maternal death in childbirth).  It became apparent from our investigations that magnesium deficiencies could have other negative consequences (like contributing to pregnancy related hypertension) and that other minerals and vitamins were also often deficient in women and that those deficiencies could have severe impact on the health of both the mother and the developing child.  Thus, a need was identified to fill an information gap and develop materials and programs to increase awareness of the risks of nutritional deficiencies and associated health care costs.  Our approach is to conduct further research and to develop programs to heighten the awareness among health care providers, policy makers and the general public.  We are also developing tools to provide easier monitoring of intake of vitamins and minerals.

For lesser developed countries the incidence of hypomagnesemia is much higher.  This means a significant portion of the population could be more susceptible to a myriad of diseases which has implications for health care costs as well as quality of life and productivity.

  Global Initiatives

Please check out our Global initiatives. We have pending proposals for solving a major problem among the health-care-challenged areas of the world; namely Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. These diseases which impact mothers and infants have been demonstrated to be treatable with Mg supplements and/or diet.  The Mg helps to counter hypertension (high blood pressure) without using expensive calcium-blockers/smooth muscle relaxants.  We are also developing a database on foods rich in Mg.  A global focus on food sources is likely to lead to the promotion of  growing new crops found to be good sources of Mg such as the Moringa oleifera. See Global sources for more details on Moringa.

A related concern is low Mg in the diet and water supplies of persons living in rural areas.  An inexpensive means of determining Mg in diet and drinking water as well as in body fluids is urgently needed to determine medical interventions to lower the incidence of diseases related to hypomagnesemia.  IPRS is working on the forefront of solving these important problems.

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