Institut Marquès presents its latest technological advances at the Imperial College

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Music, applications, telemedicine and virtual reality are the research axes of the fertility centre

More than 700 scientists gathered at the Imperial College, a prestigious London University, to learn about the results of Institut Marquès’ research. Dr Àlex García-Faura, Scientific Director of the clinic, explained to the attendees the latest advances of the renowned assisted reproduction clinic, focusing on music, applications, telemedicine and virtual reality.

Pioneer in the study of the effects of music at the beginning of life, Institut Marquès has proven that fetuses hear from the 16th week of pregnancy if the outside sounds come directly from the vagina of their mother. For this purpose, the scientific team, led by Dr. Marisa López-Teijón, has created the intravaginal speaker Babypod, already used by thousands of women. An invention with which he won the Ig Nobel Obstetrics Prize an now it has been presented in England.

Innovations to improve fertility rates

An additional innovation in the musical field has been the live concerts. Artists as singer Sharon Corr have performed for the embryos in its centres, where all incubators have music inside them. According to the research carried out in the laboratories of Institut Marquès, music improves a 5% the fertilisation rates of IVF treatments.

The mobile has also contributed to improve the results in assisted reproduction. The app Embryomobile, developed by Institut Marquès, allows parents a real time follow-up of their embryos while they are in the incubator from any location. Institut Marquès is the only fertility clinic that allows its patients to really see how their embryos evolve.

Telemedicine was also a discussion topic at the Imperial College. In this area, Institut Marquès has developed and patented a technique so that the patient can freeze his sperm from anywhere in the world and get it shipped to the clinic, without the need to travel. Furthermore, they presented the results of their research establishing a relationship between the quality of sperm and erotic visual stimulation through virtual reality. Because of this, the sample collection rooms at Institut Marquès have an evocative design and include erotic devices to improve sexual excitement, such as virtual reality glasses.