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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.

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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