2018 in Review

As we celebrate the New Year of 2019, The Quinism Foundation is also celebrating the one-year anniversary of our incorporation as a non-profit organization, on January 1, 2018. And what a wonderful first year it has been!

From our humble home in beautiful White River Junction, Vermont, in our first year, the foundation has grown a solid base of committed donors, a large email subscriber list, and a growing social media following on Twitter and Facebook. Thank you for joining us and being a part of our success!

In 2018, The Quinism Foundation was involved in key activities in Australia, Canada, the U.K., and the United States. We issued several press releases and contributed a number of publications to the medical and scientific literature. More importantly, we introduced the term quinism to describe the family of medical disorders caused by poisoning by mefloquine and related quinoline drugs and introduced the term chronic quinoline encephalopathy to describe the lasting neuropsychiatric disorder caused by these drugs. We made clear that lasting symptoms, such as nightmares and insomnia, that occur after mefloquine poisoning may not just be side effects, but symptoms of a disease. A disease that now has a name.

2019 promises to be even more successful, with an expanded website and plans to provide patient and clinician resources. We will continue our efforts to promote and support education and research on quinism and to raise awareness of chronic quinoline encephalopathy among the public, policymakers, and the scientific and medical community.

The Quinism Foundation depends entirely on private donations for its operation, and cannot provide these services without such support. Please consider showing your support for our research and educational activities. 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 read more about the foundation’s charitable status by reviewing our listing on Guidestar. We thank you for your support!

Become a Media Ambassador

Are you suffering from mefloquine poisoning? Would you like to share your story with others, and help raise awareness of this condition by appearing on television, radio, and online? Then please consider becoming a media ambassador, by updating your contact information with us.

The Quinism Foundation is contacted regularly by media outlets and reporters, both across the United States and internationally, who have short deadlines to report on local residents affected by mefloquine poisoning. When we receive such requests, we are able to forward these quickly to our subscribers based on their location. To ensure you receive these requests, please update your email subscription details with us.

For example, just this week, we received a request from a reporter from a local TV station in Richmond, Virginia, wishing to speak with local veterans affected by mefloquine poisoning. If you are in the Richmond or central Virginia area and would be willing to share your story to help others, please contact us so that we may put you in touch with the station. Thank you for your support!

Make Plans Now to Attend our 2019 Annual Meeting in Vermont

Would you like to learn more about mefloquine poisoning and meet with others with the condition? Then make plans now to attend our second Annual Meeting, to be held once again in beautiful and historic downtown White River Junction, Vermont. Our meeting will be held Monday, April 29 through Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the Vermont Room of the historic Hotel Coolidge, and will feature a variety of educational sessions, including the annual Sue Rose Memorial Lecture, and various question-and-answer sessions.

This is your best opportunity to learn about quinism from experts in the field and meet with others affected by the condition. A full agenda will be released soon, but in the meantime, you can register now to reserve your space at the meeting or visit our meeting page to show your support for our meeting directly. Thank you for your support of this effort!