Register Now for our 3rd Annual Meeting, April 27th–28th, 2020

The Quinism Foundation invites you to join us for our 3rd Annual Meeting, to be held again in the Vermont Room of the Hotel Coolidge in the historic village of White River Junction, Vermont from Monday April 27th, through Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 – a short, two-hour drive or less from major New England airports.

Register now to secure a $10 early-bird discount on a full two-day registration – only $40 through January 31, 2020!

This year’s meeting will feature a variety of educational sessions, including lectures and presentations by executive director Dr. Remington Nevin, with a focus on U.S. and international mefloquine-related disability claims. A full meeting agenda will be available soon.

When making plans to attend, please plan on arriving no later than 9am on Monday, April 27th, and departing no sooner than 5pm on Tuesday, April 28th, in order to attend the entire two-event.

We recommend that guests arrive in White River Junction no later than Sunday, and depart Wednesday morning, to take full advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the villlage and your time here. White River Junction is conveniently located at the intersection of Interstates 89 and 91, on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire, and is a two-hour drive or less from major New England airports including Boston Logan International in Boston, MA; Burlington International in Burlington, VT; Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH, and Bradley International in Windsor Locks, CT, served by major national airlines.

We recommend staying at our conference hotel, the quaint, historic Hotel Coolidge. Book now as accomodations at this historic hotel are limited. For those seeking more modern accomodations, a variety of national chains are available about mile away from the village center.

White River Junction is a charming, walkable railroad village with plenty to see and do throughout the day. While staying in the village, you can choose from a range of restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including the Hotel Coolidge’s own Cafe Renee, nearby Tuckerbox and Piecemeal PiesPhnom Penh Sandwich StationBig Fatty’s BBQTrailbreak Taps + TacosElixir, and Thyme. For those arriving early, consider taking in a show at White River Junction’s own stage company, Northern Stage. If you enjoy the outdoors, pack your walking shoes and enjoy hiking the nearby Quechee Gorge, or Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park. For a change of scenery, plan to visit the nearby villages of Norwich, Woodstock, and Hanover, NH, home of Dartmouth College.

Funds raised through registration will help fund the cost of renting our meeting facility, the Vermont Room; and providing attendees with refreshments and social events.

You can register now to attend the two-day event in person and donate in support of your attendance. If you cannot travel to Vermont to attend the meeting in person, your donation will support the hosting of the meeting, and archiving of meeting materials for non-attendees.

We look forward to meeting you soon at our 2020 Annnual Meeting!

Irish Military Abandons Lariam-or-Nothing Policy

As first described in this article, the Irish military has abandoned its years-long policy of requiring that its soldiers only take mefloquine on overseas deployments to certain malaria-endemic areas, or be found unfit for deployment.

Although it is not yet clear whether Irish soldiers will be routinely offered alternative antimalarial medications, this dramatic policy change notionally brings Irish military policy in line with those of nearly all other western militaries, including those of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia, in not specifying mefloquine as a first-line drug for use during overseas deployments. The policy change follows heated debates in the Irish Parliament, in the wake of the first legal settlements by the Irish government for claims filed by Irish soldiers alleging harm from the government’s use of the drug.

Support the Quinism Foundation

If you are thinking of selling or trading in an old vehicle, why not donate it instead? The Quinism Foundation has partnered with Vehicles For Charity to provide an easy-to-use, tax-deductible process to donate your vehicle. As a charitable contribution, your donation could make a big difference.

Executive Director Dr. Remington Nevin recently donated his unused vehicle in support of the foundation, and found the donation process quick and easy. Vehicles for Charity will dispatch a tow truck directly to your location, and will accept donations regardless of the condition of your vehicle.

To initiate the donation process, visit Vehicles for Charity and enter “QUINISM FOUNDATION” as the name of your charity. If you have any questions you would like answered prior to initiating the donation process, please call 1-866-628-2277.

You can also directly support efforts to raise awareness of the dangers of mefloquine, tafenoquine, and related drugs by making a direct financial contribution. The foundation is proud to be listed as a registered charity in the PayPal Giving Fund and in the Network for Good’s donor-advised fund. You can also start a Facebook fundraiser to encourage your friends to support your selected charity. No donation is too small, and every dollar counts.