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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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Mar 20, 2020

Terrie Cowley
Co-Founder and President
The TMJ Association, Ltd. Milwaukee, WI

Allen W. Cowley, Jr., Ph.D.
The TMJ Association Scientific Advisory Board Chairman
Harry & Gertrude Hack Term Professorship in Physiology
Professor, Physiology Director of the Cardiovascular
Center Medical College of Wisconsin
Milwaukee, WI

Charles M. Sturm, Jr.
Vice President & Treasurer
Charles Sturm and Associates, LLC
Milwaukee, WI

John Kusiak, Ph.D.
Former Director, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Program
Division of Basic and Translational Sciences
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (Retired)
Sante Fe, NM

Christin L. Veasley
Co-Founder and Director of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance
North Kingstown, RI

Joan B. Wilentz, MA
Freelance Science Writer/Editor
Chevy Chase, MD

Honorary Board

Kevin D. Clark
Heartland Advisors, Inc.
Milwaukee, WI

Officer to the Board

Deanne M. Clare
Secretary to the Board
The TMJ Association
Milwaukee, WI

Clinical Advisor

Daniel M. Laskin, D.D.S., M.S.
Professor and Chairman Emeritus
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Charles S. Greene, D.D.S.
University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry
Chicago, IL

Health Policy Advisor

Peter Reinecke
Principal, Reinecke Strategic Solutions, Inc.
Arlington, VA

Chronic Pain Research Alliance Initiative

Christin L. Veasley
Director
North Kingstown, RI

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