On February 26, TMJA staff participated in the Friends of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Patient Advocacy Council (PAC), an umbrella group comprising non-profit organizations that work together to advance dental, oral, and craniofacial health research and to move that research from the lab to the clinic. The FNIDCR PAC members in attendance represented seven patient advocacy organizations. Attended by NIDCR senior staff, as well as two representatives from the American Dental Education Association, the meeting aimed to foster an ongoing conversation around patient needs and research advances, gaps, and opportunities.
The TMJA also participated in the Advocacy Day on the Hill the following day to advocate for increased investments in TMJ research. The day included a morning briefing and an afternoon dedicated to meetings with members of Congress and Hill staff.