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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.

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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.

National Academy of Medicine Holds Second TMD Meeting

  • Apr 25, 2019

We have reported prevsioulsy about the decision of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM) to convene a committee of experts to examine all aspects of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Terrie Cowley, The TMJ Association (TMJA) President, spoke at the initial meeting open to the public, and she and others from the TMJA attended a second 2-day meeting, also open to the public, held on March 28-29, 2019, in Washington, DC. Stakeholders from the patient, caregiver, and research communities as well as representatives of federal agencies, insurers, and manufacturers were invited to provide their perspectives.  

The agenda was organized into five panels: TMD scope and definition; public health burden; basic and preclinical research; clinical and translational research; and care pathways. Each panel included testimony from a TMJ patient, as well as speakers addressing the panel theme, with a discussion period following the presentations. Each day concluded with a public comment period with attendees given 3-5 minutes to share their perspectives with the Committee.

For a you-are-there experience we invite you to view the online video recording of the meeting, along with the presenters' slides:

Importantly, if you were not able to participate in the public comment period, you are able to share your valuable perspectives on your TMJ experience with the Committee in writing to They are grateful for patient input to the study. The NAM committee will continue to meet throughout 2019. The committee's recommendations and the study findings will be summarized in a final report in the spring of 2020.

The third meeting of the NAM TMD Committee will be closed to the public and will convene on May 1-2, 2019. 

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley


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