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Statement by NIDCR Acting Director on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Report on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

I am pleased to announce the release of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report, Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care. As underscored by the comprehensive report, temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJDs) are a diverse and still poorly understood set of complex, painful conditions affecting the jaw muscles and tissues, temporomandibular joints, and associated nerves. Clearly, there is much more to be understood, and these conditions continue to confound medical and dental health care providers and researchers.

New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

With support from the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed a committee to address the current state of knowledge regarding TMD research, education and training, safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

Have you seen the film Dark Waters?

The Film. Dark Waters is about attorney Robert Billott's real-life 20 year legal battle against DuPont chemical for releasing toxic waste - perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA - into Parkersburg, West Virginia's water supply, with devastating health effects on the townspeople and livestock. PFOA, also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. It is used in the process of making Teflon and similar chemicals known as fluorotelomers.

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project The TMJ Association received the following request from Professor Justin Durham and his research team at Newcastle University. We encourage TMJ patients to participate in this project as it is an under researched

Drug Induced Bruxism

The authors of this article state that orofacial movement disorders (bruxism) are treated typically by dental professionals and not by those specialists (neurologists) researching and treating the other movement disorders (Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, tremors, etc.). Again, this is more evidence of the complexity of TMD and the need for multidisciplinary research and treatment in TMD.

Now is the Time…Become a TMJA Advisor

  • Dec 19, 2013

The TMJ Association (TMJA) is interested in attracting volunteers to serve in an advisory capacity to the organization to accelerate our efforts to expand awareness of temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders (TMJDs) among the public and professionals and promote scientific research. You, as a patient or someone close to a patient, have full understanding of how devastating these conditions can be and the impact they have on the lives of TMJ patients and their loved ones. Your experience and understanding of TMJDs will make you a valuable asset in helping the organization move forward. Please review the position descriptions below. If you or someone you know can help, contact us at info@tmj.org. Think of how much more your Association will be able to accomplish with your concrete help.

POSITION: Marketing & Communications Specialist

RESPONSIBILITY: Assist in developing marketing and communications materials, including but not limited to:

  • Newsletters
  • Fundraising materials
  • Articles for Website and E-Newsletters
  • Brochures
  • Announcements and press releases
  • Annual Reports
  1. Develop ideas for new marketing materials, the Web site and newsletter content.
  2. Design and develop marketing materials and other external communications.
  3. Establish working relationships with media outlets.
  4. Organize and maintain all marketing materials.
  5. Organize and maintain all press releases, public service announcements and stories.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Marketing experience highly desirable.
  • Design and desktop publishing skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan projects, and meet deadlines with a minimum of supervision.
  • Have access to a computer, Internet connection and phone for use with these volunteer activities.

POSITION: Grant Coordinator

RESPONSIBILITY: Develop new sources of funding, specifically through private foundation grants. This individual(s) will assist in the following activities:

  1. Identify research funding avenues to support TMJ Association programs, write grant applications and follow-up.
  2. Prepare and develop a casebook.
  3. Prepare presentations, graphics, and other materials to be used in support of fundraising activities.
  4.  Work in collaboration with the fundraising committee of the TMJA

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fundraising experience highly desirable.
  • Must be highly organized and able to work to deadlines.
  • Must be capable of understanding and maintaining the "big picture,” yet able to perform comfortably and accurately at the detail level.
  • Have access to a computer, Internet connection and phone for use with these volunteer activities.
The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley

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