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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.

Help Shape the Future of the TMJA

  • Dec 19, 2013

The TMJ Association (TMJA) is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

The TMJA aims to identify people with a passion and deep commitment to our mission−improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). We achieve our mission by:

  • promoting awareness of TMD among the public, research and healthcare communities,
  • encouraging basic and clinical research, and safer and more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment,
  • collecting and disseminating information on the advances of research and treatment, and
  • advocating for patients’ rights by communicating with elected officials, government agencies and others in policy making capacities at the national, regional and local level.

The TMJA is especially interested in candidates with experience in marketing, fundraising, organizational development, public relations, legal expertise, non-profits, or public/health policy. Individuals who value working with others in a collaborative, cooperative way to further the TMJA’s mission will enjoy the Board’s culture.

Serving on The TMJ Association’s Board is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of millions of people who are suffering from TMD. It's also a chance to personally meet and work closely with other people whose lives have been directly affected by TMD.

As with any non-profit organization, members of the TMJA Board of Directors are expected to:

  • be passionate advocates for the organization/mission,
  • be knowledgeable of the organization’s activities,
  • take an active role in fundraising/provide financial support,
  • use his/her area of expertise to assist the organization in its mission,
  • attend annual in-person meetings held in Milwaukee/Washington D.C., participate in quarterly board conference calls and commit a minimum of 8 hours per month,
  • serve on a board committee (fundraising, marketing, budget, policy & guidelines),
  • suggest and recruit possible nominees to the board, and
  • provide governance and accountability.

If you are interested in applying or know of someone else who should be considered, please contact us at We welcome hearing from interested individuals year-round. Please include a statement of interest and a resume/CV for consideration.

The TMJ Association by Terrie Cowley


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