INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier

The INRS - Institut Armand-Frappier is a Canadian national institute in the province of Québec, affiliated with the National Institute for Scientific Research (INRS) of the University of Québec. It is member of the Institut Pasteur International Network which it joined in November, 2004. 

An integrated university center performing fundamental and applied research in pursuit of solutions to key public health problems, the center also performs teaching and training of highly skilled personnel and technology transfers.

Three axes of research:


1.   Infectious disease, immunity, cancer and epidemiology
- Host-pathogen interactions: understanding the interactions between infectious agents and their hosts to better combat infectious diseases
- Functions and regulation of immunity mechanisms: understanding immunity to fight infectious disease, auto-immune disorders, cancer and the rejection of grafts and transplants
- Understanding metastatic processes and discovering new diagnostic approaches and treatments


2.   Environmental toxicology and chemical pharmacology
Defining the effects of environmental pollutants on health
Studying systems of pepside hormone signalization: developing treatments for cardiovascular neurological diseases
Metabolism of medicines and drugs, particularly in the context of the illicit use of doping agents


3.   Environmental biotechnology
Developing environmentally and industrially relevant technolgies, in particular regarding uses of biomass
Use of microorganisms for the improvement of health and in the fight against pests


Also at the INRS – Institut Armand-Frappier, one finds laboratories devoted to specific tasks:

a histocompatability laboratory associated with Québec-Transplant and in charge of establishing compatability between donors and patients waiting for a transplant or graft
the international associated Samuel de Champlain laboratory (INSERM – INRS) dedicated to medicinal chemistry and the pharmacology of peptides
an anti-doping laboratory, the only laboratory in Canada accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency