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TMD and Burning Mouth Syndrome

A study in the International Journal of Dental Research reporting the latest update on Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) noted two thirds of BMS patients also had Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Stem Cell Study of Jaw Development Could Offer Insight Into Craniofacial Flaws

Scientists in the USC Stem Cell laboratory of Gage Crump have revealed how key genes guide the development of the jaw in zebrafish. These findings may offer clues for understanding craniofacial anomalies in human patients, who sometimes carry a mutation in equivalent genes.

Pain in Your Head Hurts More Than Elsewhere in the Body

Terrie Cowley, Co-Founder and President of The TMJ Association, often remarks that patients tell her that the pain they feel in their jaws is worse than pain elsewhere in the body.

2018 NIDCR and Hill Visits

On February 26, TMJA staff participated in the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Patient Advocacy Council (PAC), an umbrella group comprising non-profit organizations that work together to advance dental, oral,

Hyperreactive Brain Network May Be Cause of Chronic Pain in Fibromyalgia, Study Suggests

Fibromyalgia is one of the overlapping pain conditions with TMD. This article appeared in Fibromyalgia News Today on January 15, 2018. A new study suggests a hyperreactive brain network may be the underlying cause of chronic pain in fibromyalgia.

THE TMJ ASSOCIATION, LTD.

  • Oct 17, 2014

Founded in August 1986 by Terrie Cowley and Sandra Geilfuss, both sufferers of TMJ disorders, the mission of The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders. The TMJA achieves its mission by:

  • Advocating for the needs of patients.
  • Promoting awareness of TMD among the public, policymakers, basic and clinical research and health care communities.
  • Encouraging basic and clinical research on TMD to provide greater understanding and safer and more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, based on scientific evidence.
  • Periodically convening international scientific meetings to explore new findings and recommend promising lines of research to further the understanding of TMD.
  • Serving as a resource for the collection and dissemination of information on advances in research, treatment, insurance practices, patients’ rights, and legal and ethical issues.
  • Communicating with elected officials, government agencies, professional organizations, community leaders and other policymakers concerning TMD issues.
  • Benefiting from a prestigious Scientific Advisory Board for collaboration and consultation.
  • Collaborating with other patient advocacy organizations whose members experience conditions that overlap with TMD.

The TMJ Association was organized under the laws of the State of Wisconsin and earned a 501(c)(3) status in December 1989. As a nonprofit organization, The TMJ Association established an all volunteer Board of Directors. The Board established an all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board to provide technical insight into the complex issues addressed by the Association.

We invite you to learn more about us by clicking on the following links. 

Our Mission Scientific Advisory Board
TMJA History Annual Reports
Activities and Programs TMJA Presentations and Letters
Board of Directors TMJA in the Media