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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.

Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment

  • Apr 3, 2019

National Academy of Medicine Public Workshop

The Committee on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD): From Research Discoveries to Clinical Treatment is conducting a one and a half day public workshop and information gathering session on March 28-29th in Washington, DC. This workshop will include presentations from researchers and clinicians and input from patients and stakeholders. There will be an opportunity for public comments. The committee's roster and the Statement of Task can be found on the study's website.

The workshop agenda and registration links can be found here. Please note that participation will be possible both in-person and remotely via web conference. If you would like to make a public comment, either in-person or remotely, we ask that you register here. Written comments can also be provided to the committee (please email All written comments will be included in the committee's public access file. 

Please contact the study staff with any questions: or 202-334-3986.
When: March 28, 8:30 AM-6:00 PM ET; March 29, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM ET
Location: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, DC 22301
Participation: In-person and remote (via Zoom)


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wolbachc - Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Fabulous webinar.

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