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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.


  • Dec 19, 2013

Biobehavioral Pain Management in TMD Clinical Trial at Johns Hopkins Johns Hopkins

Behavioral Research Medical Program in Baltimore, Maryland is conducting a clinical trial to look at how possible factors such as sleep disturbance and negative thinking about pain contribute to Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) pain. The trial is seeking women who are at least 18 years of age, and who have been diagnosed with TMD but are otherwise healthy. Participants must be willing to come to the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Campus for exams, questionnaires, blood and urine samples. Participants must also participate in sleep studies done at home using equipment provided by the investigators. You'll be compensated for your participation in the clinical trial. Click here to view the informed consent and privacy form. If you are interested in receiving additional information contact: Mary Redding, Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at 410-550-8099 or

Sponsor: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

TMJ Disorder and Pain Physiology Study at the University of Florida College of Dentistry

The University of Florida (UF) College of Dentistry is currently seeking participants with Temporomandibular Disorders living in the north central Florida region to participate in a study of pain and pain-related physiological responses. Participants must be between 18 and 50 years of age and willing to come to UF College of Dentistry (Gainesville, FL) for two separate visits, which will include a health assessment, clinical examination for facial pain, a series of questionnaires related to pain, physical and psychological functioning, and several sensory testing procedures. Blood will also be collected on the second visit. Compensation will be provided. If you are interested, please contact the principal investigator of the study, Dr. Christopher King, at or 352-273-5973. The study is not a clinical trial, and participants may continue some treatments during the course of their participation in the study.

Sponsor: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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