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Dentists in Distress

Fear of the dentist is practically a rite of passage in youth. Growing up, I wasn't exactly afraid of the dentist; rather, any excuse to leave school early was a powerful incentive. These days, I have a more complicated relationship with dentistry: I go to get answers and try to feel better, but I always pop a prophylactic ibuprofen or two in case my jaw protests from the oral gymnastics.

Patients in Los Angeles or New York City Needed for Clinical Study - Comparative Study of Women Considering or Currently Receiving Botox© Injections for TMJ Pain

Are you a woman with "TMJ" pain in facial muscles, who has either: a. recently had Botox© injections for your pain or b. not had Botox© for your pain but has thought about such treatment? If either is true for you, you may qualify for an observational research study centrally administered by the NYU College of Dentistry. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The purpose of this study is to understand potential health risks that may be caused by treating "TMJ pain" with Botox© injections.

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-

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund’s Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program

  • Aug 29, 2018

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. A2CPS is part of the NIH-wide HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-term) Initiative, an aggressive, trans-NIH effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. 

Summary:  The A2CPS program will collect data from: (1) patients with acute pain associated with a surgical procedure and (2) patients with acute pain from a musculoskeletal trauma such as a broken bone. Neuroimaging, high-throughput biomedical measurements, sensory testing, and psychosocial assessments collected periodically after the acute pain event will form a comprehensive data set to help predict which patients will develop long-lasting chronic pain. The goal of these studies is to identify individual patient features that together, will provide clinically meaningful, predictive “signatures” of transition or resilience to chronic pain.

The NIH is inviting applications for five funding opportunities: 

Applications are due October 24, 2018.

An informational webinar will be held on September 6th, 2018 from 2-4 PM, EST. 

Join us via WebEx using this link

Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208

Event number: 624 155 354

Event password: PainSig

For additional information about the A2CPS program, please visit https://commonfund.nih.gov/pain and contact:

Linda L. Porter, Ph.D.  (RFA-RM-18-033, RFA-RM-18-034, RFA-RM-18-035)

National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Telephone: 301-435-7572

Email: porterl@ninds.nih.gov

John Satterlee, Ph.D.  (RFA-RM-18-031, RFA-RM-18-032)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Telephone: 301-435-1020

Email:  satterleej@nida.nih.gov

The NIH Common Fund encourages collaboration and supports a series of exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs. These programs are supported by the Common Fund, and managed by the NIH Office of the Director in partnership with the various NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices.  

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) –“The Nation's Medical Research Agency” – includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about the NIH and its programs, visit the NIH website.

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