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National Academy of Medicine to Conduct a Study on Temporomandibular Disorders

We want you to be among the first to know that because of the advocacy efforts of The TMJ Association, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will conduct a first-ever study on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD).

Dentists in Distress

Fear of the dentist is practically a rite of passage in youth. Growing up, I wasn't exactly afraid of the dentist; rather, any excuse to leave school early was a powerful incentive. These days, I have a more complicated relationship with dentistry: I go to get answers and try to feel better, but I always pop a prophylactic ibuprofen or two in case my jaw protests from the oral gymnastics.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

Patients Front and Center at the 2018 TMJ Patient-Led RoundTable

It is still all too fresh in the minds of many patients. Fifty years ago, between the 1970s and 1980s, some 10,000 TMJ patients received Vitek jaw implant devices.

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund’s Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program

The NIH Common Fund's Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program aims to understand the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and what makes some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain.

THE TMJ ASSOCIATION, LTD.

  • Oct 17, 2014

Founded in August 1986 by Terrie Cowley and Sandra Geilfuss, both sufferers of TMJ disorders, the mission of The TMJ Association, Ltd. (TMJA) is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by Temporomandibular Disorders. The TMJA achieves its mission by:

  • Advocating for the needs of patients.
  • Promoting awareness of TMD among the public, policymakers, basic and clinical research and health care communities.
  • Encouraging basic and clinical research on TMD to provide greater understanding and safer and more effective methods of diagnosis and treatment, based on scientific evidence.
  • Periodically convening international scientific meetings to explore new findings and recommend promising lines of research to further the understanding of TMD.
  • Serving as a resource for the collection and dissemination of information on advances in research, treatment, insurance practices, patients’ rights, and legal and ethical issues.
  • Communicating with elected officials, government agencies, professional organizations, community leaders and other policymakers concerning TMD issues.
  • Benefiting from a prestigious Scientific Advisory Board for collaboration and consultation.
  • Collaborating with other patient advocacy organizations whose members experience conditions that overlap with TMD.

The TMJ Association was organized under the laws of the State of Wisconsin and earned a 501(c)(3) status in December 1989. As a nonprofit organization, The TMJ Association established an all volunteer Board of Directors. The Board established an all-volunteer Scientific Advisory Board to provide technical insight into the complex issues addressed by the Association.

We invite you to learn more about us by clicking on the following links. 

Our Mission Scientific Advisory Board
TMJA History Annual Reports
Activities and Programs TMJA Presentations and Letters
Board of Directors TMJA in the Media