By communications - Posted on 29 juin 2016

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Institute of Microbiology and Hygiene of the University of Montreal



The Institute of Microbiology and Hygiene of the University of Montreal is mostly indebted to its scientific experts for its success. From the beginning, they ensured that Dr. Frappier’s dream would become a reality. From 1934–1935, Dr. Frappier was assisted by students, medical doctors and veterinarians, who became part of the first science cohort of the Institute of Microbiology. Most of them studied in the United States or in Europe, like Dr. Frappier, or in renowned institutions like St-Luc Hospital in Montreal or l’École vétérinaire d’Alfort in France. Amongst them were people like Victorien Fredette, Dr. Frappier’s first assistant, Lionel Forté, Jean Tassé, Maurice Panisset, Jean Denis, Vytautas Pavilanis, Paul Marois and Adrien Borduas.


With the passing of the years, the Institute’s growing team built its strength on the complementary nature of its activities, as shown by the establishment of various research services. The Microbiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine Research Service brought together complementary and multidisciplinary departments, amongst which appeared the BCG Service, the Diphtheria Service, the Vaccination Service or the Human Serum Drying Service.


These services worked in such different fields as experimental tuberculosis, smallpox, gas gangrene or the preventive effects of the BCG vaccine in the treatment of leukemia. All of these numerous research areas will produce a large number of biological products such as the BCG vaccine, diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, normal horse serum or antivariolic and antityphoid vaccines. Some of the Institute’s departments were preparing biological products and others were dedicated to microbiology teaching or to preventive medicine missions, such as BCG vaccination.


The knowledge, dedication and productivity of the staff chosen by Dr. Frappier will contribute to the undeniable reputation of the Institute of Microbiology on a regional, national and international level.