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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.

TMJA Young Investigator Awards

  • Sep 22, 2016

At the TMJ Association's Seventh Scientific Meeting, How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbities? , September 11-13, 2016, the Association recognized the following young investigators for their research interests in the area of TMJ disorders and overlapping pain conditions. The following young investigator listed below received a travel grant award to attend our meeting with the opportunity to meet and learn from prominent research scientists, government officials and TMJ patients.

The TMJ Association would like to thank the American Association for Dental Research for making the following travel awards possible.

Presenter: Luana Colloca, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pain Translation Symptom Science, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD
Poster: A prediction error model of placebo analgesia and its extinction
Mentor: Dr. Susan Dorsey

Presenter: Carolina Beraldo Meloto, D.D.S., Ph.D., Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain,
Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Poster: Clinical characteristics of TMD at onset and predictors of persistence: preliminary results
Mentor: Dr. Luda Diatchenko

Presenter: Ke Ren, Ph.D., Department of Neural and Pain Sciences, School of Dentistry, & Program in Neuroscience, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Poster: The behavioral and neural effects of multipotent stromal cells in rodent models of persistent pain
Mentor: Dr. Ronald Dubner

Presenter: Massieh Moayedi, Ph.D., Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Canada
Poster: Structural and functional abnormalities in chronic orofacial pain disorders: A meta-analytic study

Presenter: Crystal Stinson, D.D.S., Texas A&M University, Baylor College of Dentistry, Dallas Texas
Poster: Lateral thalamic control of nociceptive response after whisker pad injection of varicella zoster virus
Mentor: Dr. Phillip Kramer

Presenter: Andrew E. Bertagna, DMD Candidate, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Poster: Mechanical and inflammatory mediated degeneration of mandibular cartilage is associated with altered NG2-type VI collagen colocalization and cytosolic NG2 residues in articular chondrocytes
Mentor: Dr. David Reed

Presenter: Yong Chen, Ph.D., Department of Neurology, Duke University, Durham, NC
Poster: Lack of evidence for ectopic sprouting of genetically labeled Aβ touch afferents in inflammatory and neuropathic trigeminal pain
Mentor: Dr. Wolfgang Liedkte

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley

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