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a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization based in Massachusetts
Research - Basic and Applied
Basic Research on Muscles, Nerves and Electrolytes
We have been engaged in basic research on the role and interactions of electrolytes in muscles and nerves for more than 40 years. The work has included work on smooth muscle as well as skeletal muscle. The species studied ranged from sponges and plants to mammals including humans. We have also engaged in research on innervation of muscle and the experiencing of pain emanating from skeletal muscle. Research tools have included radioisotope labeling, biochemical analysis, electrophysiology and computer-based signal processing. Outputs have included biophysical models as well as a number of discoveries and published findings. See more details at Publications by Dr. Job.
Studies on the Innovation Process
IPRS was funded by the U.S. Dept. of Energy to carry out a pilot program for invention evaluation and development leading toward licensing. Excerpts from those reports may be available upon request. Request our Publications List for details of reports available. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Role of Innovation in Society
Position papers and testimony have been prepared regarding the role of the independent inventor in society and the importance of fostering a "culture of innovation" including providing patent laws and policies that are favorable to the independent inventor and small business owner. It is believed by many that a number of changes in the U.S. patent law in recent years are adverse to the independent inventor including excessive fee structures and automatic publication. The escalation in fees if compared to inflation in the price of a hamburger over the past 20 years would indicate that hamburgers should now cost over $20 each.
Health Care Initiatives
One of the areas in which technology is contributing in a phenomenal way in recent years is in health care. This ranges from using computers to accelerate the drug discovery process to the emerging fields of genomics, proteomics, combinatorial chemistry, high throughput screening (HTS) systems biology and bioinformatics among others. IPRS is in the early stages of applying and adapting some of the emerging technologies to new areas of research and is actively seeking sponsorship of innovative programs. See in particular our Magnesium Project and related development of software tools to aid in training, early diagnosis and treatment of neuro-muscular diseases. We are excited about a new initiative in the area of researching the means by which the body regulates magnesium ions and its role in various diseases. To learn more about our magnesium regulation investigation Click here: Mg Project.
The Chief Scientist for IPRS is also engaged in research on pain characterization and alleviation. Two approaches are under investigation - one using non-chemical means and the other using a wholistic approach to body mineral metabolism. To learn more about the Pain Project Click here: Pain Project.
One of our findings in surveying pregnant mothers regarding their resources for learning about the importance of vitamins and minerals during pregnancy was that there is a lot of misinformation among even health care providers. We would like to correct this gap by developing educational materials for mothers as well as their health care providers. This will lead to better care and better outcomes especially as it relates to the risk for magnesium deficiencies. See our web pages on Maternal Health for more information.
Translation or Transfer of Technology to Common Use
One of the challenging areas of developing new technologies, products, methods or procedures is in getting these new approaches adopted. There are often regulatory hurdles, standards and protocols and "best practices" that may need to be changed. There are often standards-setting boards, review boards, third party payer reviews as well as government and non-government policy makers who have to be convinced of practical and economic incentives. In the field of medicine there are also the medical professionals as well as the patients that need to be educated as to the benefits and risks. All of this can be daunting even in well-developed countries and markets. If the translation is to reach third world persons, there are the additional hurdles of cross-cultural education, different sets of standards and cultural/political practices not to mention language differences. We have highlighted some of these issues for the particular instance of gaining adoption of a new ways of addressing the role of Magnesium in treatment of a variety of diseases. A white paper is available that examines these issues as it applies to pre-eclampsia/eclampsia.
To learn more details about past, current or future projects, Click on Overview of Projects.
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