About Us

The Quinism Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization established to support education and research on chronic quinoline encephalopathy and other medical conditions caused by poisoning, or intoxication, by mefloquine, tafenoquine, chloroquine, and related quinoline drugs. The Quinism Foundation is proud to join the VA’s National Center for PTSD in making the beautiful village of White River Junction, Vermont its home.

The foundation has an enormous job ahead. We must prepare healthcare organizations to identify those exposed to quinolines and to screen for symptomatic quinoline exposure. We must educate clinicians to diagnose chronic quinoline encephalopathy and other medical conditions caused by quinoline poisoning. We must train researchers to distinguish the effects of quinism from those of other disorders, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We must assist government agencies to recognize those suffering disability from quinism. We must identify risk factors for the disease. We must attempt to count all those affected. And, we must support a search for effective treatments.

Please take a moment to sign up for our mailing list. In the coming weeks, you will begin to receive regular updates from the foundation. You will also learn about how to get involved and support the foundation’s activities, and to donate in support of research and education. The foundation is proud to be listed as a registered charity in the PayPal Giving Fund, on Amazon Smile, and in the Network for Good’s donor-advised fund. You can also read more about the foundation’s charitable activities by reviewing our listing on Guidestar.

In the meantime, you can learn more by reading this press release announcing the foundation’s incorporation.

On behalf of The Quinism Foundation, I thank you in advance for your support. I am confident that together, we can make a difference in the fight against quinism. I hope that you will join us.

Sincerely,

Remington Nevin, MD, MPH, DrPH
Executive Director, The Quinism Foundation

Dr. Remington Nevin

Board of Directors

Chris Hrudka

Chris Hrudka

LtCol Chris Hrudka, USMC (ret) is a Marine Corps disabled veteran who retired after 24 years of service. His vast experience in leadership and management includes multiple high level staff positions as a logistics and operational planner, and two separate battalion command tours; the first as commander of Combat Logistics Battalion 8 in combat in Afghanistan, and the second as the commander of one of the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalions.  At Wounded Warrior Battalion he oversaw all aspects of care and transition for the services’ most seriously wounded, ill, and injured Marines and Sailors and their families.  His post-Marine Corps work, first as a veteran non-profit chief operating officer, and now as a defense resource analyst and strategic planner, continues his legacy of service.  As a veteran who experienced the effects of mefloquine while on active duty, Chris volunteers his time and effort as a board member of The Quinism Foundation out of sincere dedication to advancing this cause, and the desire to help as many people as possible who have been impacted by quinism.
Dr. Remington Nevin

Dr. Remington Nevin

Dr. Remington Nevin is a former Army preventive medicine officer with 14 years of service, including overseas service in Africa and Afghanistan. Dr. Nevin is board certified in Occupational Medicine, and in and Public Health and General Preventive Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He is also Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He is licensed to practice medicine in the states of Maryland, New York, and Vermont.  Dr. Nevin earned his MD from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he was awarded the Captain Richard R. Hooper Award in Preventive Medicine; and his MPH, DrPH, and a certificate in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he was elected an Alumni Inductee of the Delta Omega Honor Society, Alpha Chapter, and was later recognized with an Outstanding Recent Graduate award. Dr. Nevin attended residency training in Preventive Medicine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research where he was awarded the George Miller Sternberg Award in Preventive Medicine, and attended additional postdoctoral fellowship training in Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bill Manofsky

Commander Bill Manofsky, USN (ret) is a disabled Navy veteran who was medically retired after 17 years of active and reserve service. He has extensive experience in leadership positions in both the military and civilian worlds. He is a Mechanical Engineer and has held senior engineering and marketing positions in the aerospace and semiconductor capital equipment industries. Originally trained as a P-3 Orion Naval flight officer, he was focused mainly in counter narcotics activities and rose to the rank of executive officer in his Naval Reserve unit. On active duty, he was attached to special forces intelligence at the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003, where he was prescribed mefloquine, and succumbed to the effects of quinism that lead to his medical retirement. As he began the slow recovery process, he volunteered to take on the military cases for the advocacy group Lariam Action USA, which also assisted Peace Corps and civilian travelers injured by the drug. Since then, he has personally assisted hundreds of mefloquine veterans seek proper medical care, and led the team that advocated for the FDA in placing a boxed warning on mefloquine in 2013. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Vestibular Disorders Association and has been involved in extensive legislative activities involving mefloquine while serving as the National Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Association of the United States Navy. He is affiliated with the Vietnam Veterans of America. He now volunteers his time and effort as a board member of The Quinism Foundation in order to continue his efforts motivating the Veterans Administration to recognize, treat and properly compensate those veterans that have been permanently injured by quinism.