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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 Research to see further details and
learn about a exciting initiatives in medical research headlined under
Maternal Health and a new one on
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 Services for more details.
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. Our latest project on
Environmental Solutions encompasses
education, advocacy as well as research and service to the public. Air
pollution is not only an engineering challenge but also a public health issue.
If you would like to learn more about us, contact us or join us in our
efforts to support American innovation and develop new approaches for better
health through novel science and engineering and achieve better nutrition, please visit
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as well as information on the services IPRS provides to the public. One
such service is a listing of resources for people dealing with various
A brief History of IPRS and introduction to the management and directors is
External Links to other organizations of
interest to inventors, researchers and educators are also provided.
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Current Major Projects
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
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.
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.
Please check out our
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
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.
A recent addition to our commitment to better health has to do with technology
that is available to reduce air pollution. Whether the air is polluted by
emissions from motor vehicles or from commercial or industrial processes, there
is innovative technology available that is not being used. This same
technology can be used to reduce plastic waste that pollutes our oceans and
fills our landfills. Spin-offs of the technology can clean the air indoors as
well without the production of ozone or use of toxic chemicals or harmful
radiation. For details of this underused technology go to our
case study of one inventor's saga of translating innovation into beneficial products.
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