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New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

Over a year and half ago, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) began the most comprehensive study ever undertaken on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). The study assessed the current state of TMD research, education and training, the safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

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.

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.

Postdoc Fellow or Junior Faculty Funding Opportunity: Request for Letters of Intent or Nominations

  • Jan 27, 2017

The TMJ Association was asked to post the following announcement regarding the University of Michigan's Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain Interdisciplinary Consortium (UM-TOPICs) Career Development Grant - NIH/NIDCR K12DE023574.

This Career Development Award is aimed at enhancing research capacity in Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain (TMJD/OP) by facilitating the development of scholars who will pursue research and enhance the knowledge base in this field. 

Funding will support scholars at either the postdoctoral fellow level or junior faculty level.  Funding will be available for up to two years pending appropriate progress at the end of the first year of funding.

The three areas of focus for this career development research training are:

  • Pain mechanisms and therapeutics
  • TMJ pathogenesis
  • Development biology, regeneration and tissue engineering of joint, muscle and ligaments.

Specific aims of this training program are to:

  • Provide Scholars with the core foundations of contemporary scientific methodologies in pain and therapeutics, TMJ pathogenesis, developmental biology, regeneration and tissue engineering, imaging, biomarkers, bioinformatics and genomics as applied to TMJD/OP;
  • Facilitate the training and success of junior investigators in TMJD/OP through exceptional team mentorship towards independent funding;
  • Bridge and derive critical knowledge needed to advance patient care in TMJD/OP through interdisciplinary science.

The University is seeking letters of intent or nominations for trainees for this Career Development opportunity.  If you know of any outstanding individuals (junior faculty, postdoctoral fellow or someone completing a PhD) pursuing research in any the above or related topics, please encourage them to apply or please feel free to submit a nomination.  Please note that individuals competing for this award do not need to have prior experience specifically in TMJD or OP research, but should have worked in one or more of the above thematic areas and should be willing to apply their expertise to and pursue research in TMJD or OP. 

Potential candidates wishing to be appointed on this award must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and should have completed their PhD, medical, dental or specialty training prior to being appointed on the award.  Eligible candidates are requested to submit (1) a letter of intent or a letter of nomination (from a faculty mentor or individual knowledgeable in the applicant's research), (2) a personal statement of career goals, (3) a CV and (4) two letters of reference by January 8, 2016, to

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