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The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is a nonprofit, patient advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). For over 25 years we have shared reliable information on TMD with people like you and invite you to read our website.

Terrie Cowley - President and Co-Founder

 
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The TMJ Association's eighth scientific meeting, Sept. 11-13, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland, will focus on how methods of Precision Medicine can improve the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMD) and the associated comorbid conditions. These conditions include vulvodynia, chronic tension-type and migraine headaches, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome, chronic low back pain and endometriosis.  

Current diagnostics and treatments do not reflect recent findings in the state of the science and fall short in meeting the needs of patients. Successful application of Precision Medicine technology to TMD and its comorbidities will enable providers to classify TMD patients into subgroups according to specific diagnostic criteria and lead to tailored, more effective treatments to relieve their pain and suffering.

Presentations and discussions will focus on the challenges of obtaining precise molecular and phenotypic measurements from thousands of patients, repeatedly and efficiently. These challenges include development of methods to analyze and integrate large data sets from multiple modalities such as clinical measurements, imaging data, DNA sequence variants, and epigenetic profiles. The meeting will engage key scientific leaders, National Institutes of Health representatives and patient advocates and will yield recommendations to advance research in the field. Click here to view the meeting agenda.

Additional Meeting Information 

http://www.tmj.org/site/content/2016TMJAScienceMeeting 



Think You May Have Temporomandibular Disorders?

1) FIRST, try eating soft foods, using ice packs, and avoiding extreme jaw movements, like yawning and gum chewing. Short-term use of over-the-counter or prescription pain medicines may also provide relief.

2) AVOID treatments that cause permanent changes in the bite or jaw. This includes crown work, bridge work or orthodontics to change the bite, grinding down teeth (bite adjustment), or repositioning splints.

3) AVOID surgical treatment, where possible. There have been no long-term studies to test the safety and effectiveness of these procedures.

 

The TMJ Association is the only organization fighting for the best science that will lead to a greater understanding of Temporomandibular Disorders and safe and effective treatments. As a nonprofit, 501(c)3 patient advocacy organization, we rely solely on the generous donations from people like you to fund vital TMD research and awareness efforts. Make a tax-deductible contribution today!  For additional ways you can help, click here.

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What are the TMJA science meetings all about? We've held seven such meetings to date and issued a TMJ Science journal for each. 

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