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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.

Opportunity to Voice Your Opinion: U.S. Government Officials Want To Hear from Patients with Pain

FDA Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain On July 9, 2018, FDA hosted a public meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10284/patient-focused-

Consider Including the TMJA in Your Financial Planning

We were recently contacted by Tom P. who informed us that he was including The TMJ Association (TMJA), in his financial planning. Tom wrote the following for us to share with our readers:

The Scoop on TMD Pharmaceuticals

Let's say the National Institutes of Health just handed us a multi-million dollar grant to get to the bottom of TMD and find a cure once and for all. I mean, we could start handing out heating pads left and right, but that kind of relief can only get us so far. Whenever I try a different form of therapy or medication, I like to think about the biology, right down to the cellular and molecular level. Why are the cells that make up my jaw region being such jerks?

MISSION

  • Jun 18, 2014

The TMJ Association (TMJA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of health care and lives of everyone affected by temporomandibular disorders (TMD).

We achieve our mission by:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Connecting TMJ patients with those who can provide knowledgeable support and empathetic understanding.
  • Advocating for the needs of TMJ patients.
  • Promoting awareness of TMD among the public, policy makers, research and health care communities.
  • Communicating with elected officials, government agencies, professional organizations, community leaders and other policy makers concerning TMJ issues.
  • Collaborating with a prestigious Scientific Advisory Board.

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