Institute of Reproductive Medicine (IMR) in Marseille


The Institute of Reproductive Medicine (www.imr-marseille.com) located at 6 rue Rocca and 345 avenue du Prado 13008, Marseille, was established in 1984 by Professor Andre Mattei, pioneer in the care and management of sterility issues and founder-director of CECOS in Marseille.  A multidisciplinary team of gynecologists, endocrinologists and biologists, sharing their knowledge, expertise and experience, was founded under his direction.  


The Institute of Reproductive Medicine coordinates the activities of several independent medical sectors. 

-Clinical activities: consultations (care and management of sterility, medical and surgical gynecology, obstetrics, endocrinology, genetics).

-Ultrasound: pelvic ultrasound for men and women, obstetrical ultrasound, pre-natal diagnostic with amniocentesis.

-Reproductive biology: spermatology, artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization (ICSI/IMSI), freezing of sperm and embryos.  Laboratory of cytogenetic: blood karyotypes and fetal karyotypes. Polyvalent medical analysis laboratory: hormonology, screening for Down’s syndrome.


Surgical acts are performed at the “Clinique Bouchard”.  An administrative office dedicated to medically-assisted reproduction ensures the proper care and handling of couples.  (Medically-assisted reproduction Unit: +33-(0)4 91 15 90 21). Clinical staff and biologists work within the framework authorized by the French Law.  Information on the “Securite Sociale” coverage and complementary insurances is given to the patient by the various administrative offices together with explanatory brochures. (IMR office, 6 rue Rocca, 13008 Marseille, +33-(0)4 91 16 79 10).


Through its participation to teaching and research, the Institute of Reproductive Medicine contributes to the development of knowledge in the medical field, focusing on the treatment of the fertility problems.  Every year, and for over 2 decades, 1000 inseminations and 1500 in-vitro fertilizations are performed.  The care and management of couples’ fertilization extends from medical to surgical, following a multidisciplinary consultation.  An ultrasound center, equipped with the highest technological machines and instruments will ensure a proper gynecological and obstetrical follow up. 






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