Established and chaired by Mr. Mohammad Mohseni, the Mohseni Trust for Family and Friends and the Mohammad H. Mohseni Charitable Foundation support schools, advanced education, hospitals and healthcare in communities with which Mr. Mohseni has been connected. Most of the Charitable Foundation’s work is in Canada whereas much of the Trust’s work is focused in Iran and the Arak region in particular.

In Canada, for example, the Charitable Foundation provides university scholarships and fellowships to the University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital, University of Toronto and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. In Iran, the Trust has assisted in the development of schools and hospitals, including supporting the advanced training of certain local physicians through clinical fellowships at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, NY.

The Trust and Charitable Foundation are excited to be working together to produce and publish this Journal. Building on “Between Friends” which Mr. Mohseni published for several years, our goal with this Journal is to share information of interest to people with a connection to the Arak region. We are fortunate to have Dr. Mohamad Tavakoli-Targhi, Professor of History and Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at University of Toronto as the Journal’s Editor-in-Chief. He is supported by a distinguished team of scholars who contribute much of the Journal’s content.

Our hope is to publish four times a year, in digital and hard-copy format.

Other recent news of note includes the Charitable Foundation’s support for the field of men’s health. Medical practitioners have begun to recognize that while women generally pay attention to their personal health and regularly seek medical advice when needed, men are far less attentive, even to the point of ignoring their health needs. While this attitude works in some cases, it is often dangerous, and works against early diagnosis. This is especially true in the case of prostate cancer and the many issues surrounding this problem.

Dr. Larry Goldenberg, a distinguished urologist and professor at University of British Columbia is a world leader in prostate research and treatment. The Charitable Foundation is privileged to be able to fund the UBC/VGH Chair in Men’s Heath, to which Dr. Goldenberg has been named. A recent announcement article released by Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute describes the appointment and is reprinted in this issue of our Journal.

For the past three years, leading to the establishment of the Chair, the Foundation has funded a Fellowship in Men’s Health Research, at the University of British Columbia/Vancouver General Hospital Prostate Centre. Founded by Dr. Goldenberg, the Vancouver Prostate Centre is one of the world’s leading centres for research into minimizing the risk and danger associated with prostate cancer. The Mohseni Fellowship has been held by Dr. Farshad Pourmalek, an epidemiologist trained at Tehran University and possessing international experience. He has conducted much needed research into these issues, affecting the health of men worldwide.

In the next issue of this column, we look forward to providing an update on our long-standing program of providing new clothing each Nourooz to Arak school children who need assistance. This program has been successful due to the financial contributions we are able to gather each year from many of our readers and family members far and wide. We will also profile our relationship with the University of Toronto’s Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations.


Adrian J. Palmer
Executive Director,
Mohammad H. Mohseni Charitable Foundation