The TMJ Association International Scientific Advisory Council

A major goal of The TMJ Association (TMJA) is to advocate for high-quality biomedical research directed toward Temporomandibular Disorders (TMJ) and comorbidities that overlap with TMJ. To address this goal, the TMJA International Scientific Advisory Council (TMJA-ISAC) will provide advice and strategic direction to enhance this mission by creating and implementing an overall agenda for biomedical research.  TMJA-ISAC will assist the TMJA in identifying resources among governmental, academic, industry, professional organizations and charitable foundations to support activities that will lead to scientifically based precision treatments for TMJ patients.

The Association is fortunate to benefit from the collaboration and consultation of the following prestigious international scientific advisors.

Allen W. Cowley, Jr., Ph.D., Co-Chair

The TMJ Association Scientific Advisory Council Chairman
Harry & Gertrude Hack Term Professorship in Physiology
Professor, Physiology Director of the Cardiovascular Center
Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

John W. Kusiak, Ph.D., Co-Chair

Former Director, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Program
Division of Basic and Translational Sciences
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (Retired)
Sante Fe, NM

Alejandro J. Almarza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and Bioengineering, Center for Craniofacial Regeneration, McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Enriqueta C. Bond, Ph.D.

President Emerita, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
QE Philanthropic Advisors

Luda Diatchenko, M.D., Ph.D.

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Human Pain Genetics, Professor, Faculty of Medicine,
Department of Anesthesia, and Faculty of Dentistry,  
McGill University, Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain
Montreal, Canada

Ryan Donahue, Ph.D.

Translational Postdoctoral Scholar
Driving Engineering and Life-science Advances at Irvine (DELTAi)
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of California, Irvine

Justin Durham, D.D.S., Ph.D.

Head, School of Dental Sciences
Professor/Hon Consultant Oral Surgeon
Newcastle University, UK

Roger Fillingim, Ph.D.

Department of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Science
Professor & Director, Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence
University of Florida, College of Dentistry, Gainsville, FL

Howard J. Jacob, Ph.D.

Vice President and Head of Genomic Research
AbbVie, Northern Chicago, IL

Bettie Sue Masters, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Biochemistry
Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

Carlos Santos, D.D.S., MSc, Ph.D.

Bauru School of Dentistry, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Lisa Schmidt, B.S.

Clinical Laboratory Sciences
TMJ Patient Advocate, San Diego, CA

Norman Taylor, Ph.D., M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Michael K. Cahalan Presidential Chair
Brain and Behavior Neurobiology of Disease
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT