The Barcelona concert for embryos: Sharon Corr & Álex Ubago

Sharon Corr and Álex Ubago celebrated Institut Marquès’ Ig Nobel Prize by singing to the embryos.” That’s the headline on a report by Top40-Charts. The report explains how Sharon Corr (of The Corrs) and Álex Ubago came to be involved in this historic concert:

Institut Marquès, the worldwide leading fertility centre, has hosted a new live concert for embryos at its laboratory in Barcelona. and Álex Ubago performed for hundreds of embryos growing in the incubators at Barcelona, Rome and Clane (Ireland)….

Sharon Corr, singer-songwriter member of the famous Irish band The Corrs, and Álex Ubago featured several songs, i.e. “Amarrado a ti” (“Tied to you”) and “Buenos Aires”. “It was a very emotional experience. It is great to think that possibly we can be part of their future. I am not surprised that music really helps the embryos to form; music is the greatest therapy in the world so I feel very honoured to be asked to do this,” stated Sharon Corr. This performance follows the lead of other artists such as the famous Spanish singer-songwriter Antonio Orozco. Institut Marquès plans to offer further live concerts at their laboratories in the coming future….

These events fall within the works undertaken by Institut Marquès on how music benefits the embryonic and fetal development. Those studies were awarded last September by Harvard University with the Ig Nobel Medicine Prize. The goal of this award is to promote that scientists from all over the world can present their studies to the audience in a pleasant and enjoyable way. The Ig Nobel organisation chose Institut Marquès researchers to present their work on a tour around the most important Universities in Europe in the past month of April . Doctor López-Teijón, Institut Marquès’ Director, alongside Doctor Álex Garcia-Faura, Scientific Director of the centre, presented their studies on fotal hearing the positive effects of music at the beginning of life at the Karolinska Institute and at the Aarhus University.

Here’s video of Doctor López-Teijón, Institut Marquès’ Director, who, together with colleagues Álex García-Faura, Alberto Prats-Galino, and Luis Pallarés Aniorte, was awarded that Ig Nobel Prize for showing that a developing human fetus responds more strongly to music that is played electromechanically inside the mother’s vagina than to music that is played electromechanically on the mother’s belly. The video gives a quick tour of the facilities in Barcelona:

REMINDER: The clinic’s Ig Nobel Prize-winning work included the development of Babypod, the device for playing vagina music properly.

 

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