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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.

New Science Funding Opportunities Inspired by TMJA Advocacy

  • Oct 23, 2014

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.  

 
The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley

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