The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the largest funding agency of scientific research for TMD. In 2010 approximately $17 million was spent on TMD research. Our hope for relief lies in the answers only science can provide and that science is largely funded by the NIH. However, funding at for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is at risk of being cut substantially over the next ten years.
Congress is scheduled to break for recess from August 6 through September 7, 2012 and during this time members of Congress will be back in their home states to meet with constituents.
We urge you to contact your representative and senators by scheduling a meeting, sending a letter or e-mail, or attending a town hall meeting. Talk with them about the benefits of an increased investment in TMD and the importance of NIH-funded research on these conditions. People suffering the pain and dysfunction of TMD desperately need scientific research to improve understanding of these conditions and develop safe and effective treatments—ones that will not cause further pain and suffering.
The following are items you can bring up in discussions with your representative, your senators or their staff members.