The Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO)


1. CISEPO is a Canadian, federally incorporated, charitable, non-governmental organization which has as its primary objectives to enrich academic medicine and health care in Canada and internationally, and to contribute to peacebuilding in the Middle East.

2. Since its inception in 1984, CISEPO's medical and research contributions include more than 25 textbook chapters, 250 peer-reviewed publications, 500 general publications, and 250 invited lectures and visiting professorships. CISEPO's academic and research programs are carried out under the auspices of the University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital and with their full assistance.

3. In support of peacebuilding, CISEPO has initiated and implemented programs for visiting scholars, joint research, academic exchanges, and continuing medical education involving Canada, Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.

4. In May 1998, CISEPO brokered the formation of the Middle East Association for Managing Hearing Loss. The formal agreement for the formation of the Association was signed by senior representatives of Jordan's and Israel's medical establishments. The Association's activities will focus on medical and rehabilitative services, and scientific and peacebuilding programs in the region related to hearing loss.

5. CISEPO's activities in the Middle East are endorsed by Canadian Jewish Congress, B'Nai Brith Canada, the Canada-Israel Committee, Palestine House Canada, and the Kitchener Waterloo Canada-Arab Friendship Association.

6. CISEPO enjoys excellent relations with governments and institutes in Canada, Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority. In the past months, CISEPO has signed formal Agreements and letters of intent for collaboration in medical and health services programs with Ministers and senior government officials in all three Middle East locations.

The Future

7. CISEPO will undertake a full program of Canadian and international multidiscilpinary medical activities in 1999-2000. It will devote particular attention to peacebuilding by assisting and advancing the Middle East Association for Managing Hearing Loss, and in planning and implementing programs and projects in support of the Association. CISEPO will also assist in expanding the Association's membership to include representation from other regional neighbours and in seeking stable sources of funding to operate the Association's programs and projects.

For further information, please contact

Dr. Arnold Noyek, Chairman, The CISEPO Program

Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Ste. 401

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X5

Phone 416-586-8560, Fax 416-586-8600, Email:





CISEPO's objectives are to enrich academic medicine and health care in Canada and internationally and to contribute to peacebuilding in the Middle East.

As part of its commitment to academic medicine and to contributing to relationships among Canadians, Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians and other regional neighbours, CISEPO supports collaborative programs which focus on research, education, and training for academic and health services personnel.

These programs lead to the growth and development of professional and technical excellence which provides benefits to individuals and regional society at large. Through the collaborative nature of these programs, a spirit of joint co-operation is fostered and relationships in the region develop.

CISEPO's Programs in the Middle East

CISEPO believes that cooperation in the Middle East has many dimensions: economics, science, technology, and environment; security and humanitarian and related fields. CISEPO also believes that an increase in the capacity and capability of the health care and other academic systems will contribute to all of these dimensions and therefore, ultimately, to peacebuilding.

CISEPO, based at Mount Sinai Hospital and the University of Toronto, develops its programs as joint collaborations among Canadians, Israelis, Jordanians, and Palestinians with the involvement of individuals and institutes from other Middle East countries as appropriate.

Seven integrated programs have been undertaken:

The CISEPO Fellowships Program;

CISEPO Associations and Specialty Groupings;

The CISEPO International Research Program;

The CISEPO Visiting Scholars Program;

The CISEPO Continuing Medical Education Program;

The CISEPO Surgical, Medical and Scientific Exchange Program;

The CISEPO Visiting Professors for Peace Program.

In addition, CISEPO undertakes consultation and facilitation for regional institutes and governments.

CISEPO Fellowships Program

The CISEPO Fellowship program offers one to two year fellowships in Canada and other international locations in multidisciplinary medical specializations, e.g. oncology, otolaryngology, cardiology, molecular biology, genetics, audiology. The program is also designed to enhance effective and practical cooperation among Canada and Middle Eastern countries at the individual, institutional, and governmental levels.

CISEPO Associations and Specialty Groupings

CISEPO convenes and supports international, multidisciplinary groupings of surgeons, physicians, researchers, scientists, and other health and social science professionals to plan, develop, and implement programs in their specialities. Groupings have already been formed to address: Management of Hearing Loss in the Middle East, Head and Neck Oncology, Prevention of Hereditary Hearing Loss, and Rhinology.

The CISEPO International Research Program

CISEPO initiates and supports basic and applied medical and health related research which can be integrated into its other programs. Research projects are assessed on the basis of their contributions to the growth of knowledge and to peacebuilding in the region. Encouragement is given to projects which build collaborative relationships among Canadians, Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians and other regional neighbours.

The CISEPO Visiting Scholars Program

The Visiting Scholars Program provides one to eight weeks education and skills development for surgical, medical, health service and other academic specialists at Canadian and other international academic locations.

The CISEPO Continuing Medical Education Program

The Continuing Medical Education Program provides one day to one week education and skills development workshops, seminars, and lectures at locations in the Middle East and Canada for medical, health care and other specialists.

The CISEPO Surgical, Medical and Scientific Exchange Program

The Surgical, Medical and Scientific Exchange Program arranges for Canadian and other international surgical, medical and scientific experts to attend for periods of one day to eight weeks at locations in the Middle East region to educate and train regional participants in surgical, medical and scientific principles and practices, and techniques and procedures.

The CISEPO Visiting Professors for Peace Program (VPPP)

The VPPP arranges for international academic and other experts, politicians, and officials to address university and other groupings in Canada. The program is designed to: strengthen the link between Canada and the peace process in the Middle East; encourage the development of regional cooperation, modernization, civil society, and trade and investment in the region; facilitate international collaboration through an academically based model.

Consultation and Facilitation

CISEPO undertakes to review and evaluate medical and health care systems and programs as requested by Middle East governments and institutes. CISEPO coordinates contact among academic and other groups based in Canada and in the Middle East to facilitate joint collaborative programs.