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A Tribute to William “Bill” Maixner, Ph.D., D.D.S

All of us at The TMJ Association are deeply saddened by the loss of a treasured friend, an accomplished and highly respected scientist, empathic clinician and one of temporomandibular disorder's (TMJ) greatest champions – Dr. William “Bill” Maixner. Bill passed away on Monday, November 2, 2020, at the age of 68.

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

And the Committee heard from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

  • Jun 20, 2019

At the end of the NAM meeting, Dr. Gregory Ness, representing the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAMOS) gave the following comments:

“AAMOS welcomes the interest and support of the Academies, the NIH, NIDCR, FDA and The TMJ Association in this collaborative effort to improve the care we deliver… I have little time so I am not going to say nearly as much as I'd like on the issues I've been asked to address or to the patients represented here whose contributions have already been deservedly applauded. Most of us have met before and I have heard your stories before, but they are no less difficult [to hear] than the first time and perhaps more powerful because it may have been three to four years now since that first time but that drives home the fact that in the interim you’ve continued to suffer. To someone like me who has spent almost 30 years working very hard to improve people’s TMJ problems and to train others to do the same, this is a difficult emotional issue to be confronted by. So thank you again and to each of you I say, I’m sorry. I’m sorry that you continue to suffer. That we failed in our promise to make you better, not worse. I’m sorry you heard foolish, ignorant, dismissive, carelessly cruel things from those that were supposed to care for you more than when you really needed it the most. I’m sorry you’ve had far more operations than any one person should ever have, or that you understandably don’t know who to trust. We can point to our many successes, and they are many, but that provides no comfort at all to those of you whom we failed. I think it’s our job now to see how we can shrink your numbers as close to zero as humanly possible so thank you again for pushing us all together. “

View Dr. Ness' presentation here.

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