The Quinism Foundation's 2019 Annual Meeting

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The Quinism Foundation's 2019 Annual Meeting

The Quinism Foundation invites you to join us for our 2019 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 29, 2019 through Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - a short, two-hour drive or less from major New England airports.

This year's meeting will feature a variety of educational sessions, including lectures and presentations by executive director Dr. Remington Nevin. Board member Dr. Elspeth Cameron Ritchie will present this year's Sue Rose Memorial Lecture, sharing her experiences with mefloquine as a former U.S. Army psychiatrist. We are also delighted to announce that  Dr. Harold Kudler, a current Duke professor of psychiatry and former Veterans Health Administration official,  will be moderating a special session on mefloquine and PTSD.  We are also pleased to have representatives from several law firms joining us to discuss recent developments, including Canadian attorney Paul Miller from Toronto firm Howie, Sacks & Henry, and U.S. attorney John Maher of John N. Maher Legal Services.  

Monday, April 29, 2019

9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Introduction to Quinism and The Quinism Foundation (Dr. Nevin)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 pm
Update on Current and Recent Events (Dr. Nevin)
National Academies study, tafenoquine, Peace Corps, etc.

1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Formal Annual Board Meeting

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Sue Rose Memorial Lecture (Dr. Ritchie)
Dr. Ritchie will share her experiences with mefloquine from her deployment to Somalia as a U.S. Army psychiatrist to the present

2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Controversies and Challenges in Quinism and PTSD (Dr. Nevin)

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Quinism and PTSD Roundtable (Moderated by Dr. Kudler)
Comparing and contrasting symptoms of trauma and symptoms of mefloquine poisoning

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Canadian Mefloquine Mass Tort Update (Mr. Miller)
A discussion of the legal actions against the Canadian government

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mefloquine and Criminal Defense (Mr. Maher)

11:30 a.m — 12:00 p.m.
Legal Roundtable

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Mefloquine-Related Disability Claims (Dr. Nevin)
Examples of successful veteran and civilian disability claims

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Listening to Those With Quinism
Experiences of veterans and civilian travelers and their caregivers

4:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Open Roundtable
Questions and discussion

When making plans to attend, please plan on arriving no later than 9am on Monday April 29, 2019, and departing no sooner than 5pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 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. When making your reservations, you can call the hotel directly, quoting the booking code "quinism", to receive a $10 per night discount on the cost of your room. 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 Pies, Phnom Penh Sandwich Station, Big Fatty's BBQ, Trailbreak Taps + Tacos, Elixir, and Thyme. For those arriving early, consider takign 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 sponsoring our guest speakers; 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 2019 Annnual Meeting! 

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Monday April 29th
Hotel Coolidge, South Main Street, White River Junction, VT, USA
39 S Main St, White River Junction, VT 05001, USA


Following the tremendous success of The Quinism Foundation's first-ever Annual Meeting in 2018, we are looking forward to welcoming  our guests back for our second-ever Annual Meeting, to be held again for two full days beginning on the last Monday in April 2019. 

The Annual Meeting is your opportunity to learn from experts in the field and meet with others affected by quinism, all while surrounded by the quiet historic village of White River Junction, Vermont. Register now!

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