Music, mobile technology, telemedicine and virtual reality are some of the innovations that Institut Marquès is already using in its clinics. These have generated great anticipation among the conference attendees given by its Scientific Director, Dr Àlex García- Faura.
Pioneering in studying the effects of music at the beginning of life, Institut Marquès has proven that foetuses can hear from the 16th week of pregnancy, but only if the outside sounds come directly from their mother’s vagina. For this purpose, the scientific team, led by Dr. Marisa López-Teijón, has created the intravaginal speaker Babypod, already used by thousands of women. This research was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize at the University of Harvard.
Music is always present at the laboratories in Institut Marquès, even with live concerts. Artists, such as Sharon Corr, have performed for the embryos in their centres, where all incubators have music inside them. According to the research carried out in the laboratories of Institut Marquès, music improves the fertilisation rates of IVF treatments by 5%.
The mobile phone: a commitment to transparency
Mobile phones have turned into another technological ally in order to improve the results in assisted reproduction. The app Embryomobile, developed by Institut Marquès, allows parents to have a real time follow-up with their embryos while they are in the incubator from any location. Institut Marquès is the only centre where patients can really see how their embryos are doing.
In this area, Institut Marquès has developed and patented its own technique of telemedicine, so that patients can cryopreserve their sperm anywhere in the world and send it to the clinic, without having to travel.
This is a convenient solution for males who are away from home, who have difficulties travelling to the clinic to undergo fertility treatment with their partner, or simply for privacy reasons.
Institut Marquès researchers have also presented the results of a study that links semen quality with erotic visual stimulation through virtual reality. Because of this, the sample delivery rooms at Institut Marquès have an evocative design and include erotic devices to improve sexual excitement, such as virtual reality glasses.
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