Armand Frappier: pioneer of preventive medicine

Foundation of the Institute

The beginnings of the InstitutZoomZoom
© Armand-Frappier Museum
The beginnings of the Institut in LavalZoomZoom
© Armand-Frappier Museum

In March 1938, he founded the Institut de microbiologie et d’hygiène de Montréal, and served as its director for 38 years.

In 1939, the lack of space and the need to build a "hyperimmunization stable" led the Institute’s administrators to buy a farm in Laval-des-Rapides, a suburb of Montreal. Over the years, the acquired land covered 168 arpents, which is equivalent to 142 acres or 6,213,723 square feet; on it now stand 24 buildings, including several laboratories.

It is this research center that since 1975 has been called the Institut Armand-Frappier.

Since 1988, this teaching and research institute has been part of the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), a constituent of the Université du Québec.