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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

Online TMD Diet Diary Research Project

  • Jan 15, 2020

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 important topic affecting the overall health of TMJ patients. Please know the results of this research project will be shared on our website and in our e-newsletter after it is completed.
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We are writing to you as you maybe interested in participating in our Temporomandibular research.

We are a team of researchers based at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, and would like to extend an invitation to take part in some research we are conducting on the effects of temporomandibular disorders (TMD also known as "TMJ") on the diet of sufferers. Briefly, the study comprises of a questionnaire to learn more about you and your TMD, followed by the completion of a 3-day diet history. If you are interested in knowing more about our study, please send an email to us at: TMD.Diet.Study@newcastle.ac.uk indicating that you would like more information.

In order to help you decide whether to participate, we will respond by attaching a patient information sheet which contains further details about the proposed study, and then will send a link to an online consent form.

We have an interest in improving the understanding of TMD, and there is currently little known about the impact of TMD on the diet of sufferers. It is hoped this research will lead to improvements in the care offered to sufferers of TMD.

Many thanks in advance for your time,
David Edwards, Charlotte Bowes and Justin Durham

TMJ Disorders

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