Check Out These Two New Science Funding Opportunities Inspired by TMJA Advocacy
1. The Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint
In our May 2013 issue of TMJ News Bites we reported that the NIH convened a round-table meeting to assess what we know about the TMJ joint and to determine gaps in our knowledge. Click here to read a summary of this workshop. This meeting was a result of years of advocacy efforts by your TMJ Association to get attention paid to the jaw joint.
As a result of these efforts, the National Institutes of Health released two new funding opportunities on October 3, 2014, for the Biology of the Temporomandibular Joint in Health and Disease supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
The intent is to support scientific research that will provide a better understanding of total joint structure and mechanics, including how the skeletal, muscular, nervous, immune, and circulatory systems, which function together, can go awry in disease. See the links below for more information.
2. Overlapping Pain Conditions
The TMJ Association has been at the forefront in highlighting the fact that up to 85% of TMD patients have other chronic pain conditions. The TMJA joined forces with several patient advocacy organizations to form the Chronic Pain Research Alliance (CPRA), the country's first and only research-led collaborative advocacy effort dedicated to addressing chronic overlapping pain conditions. CPRA's advocacy has resulted in two new NIH research opportunities.