Why Should I Participate in Research?

By participating in clinical studies, you play an integral role in advancing scientific knowledge on TMJ disorders. Researchers need people with a TMJ disorder, along with healthy individuals. By participating, you can help generate much-needed data to help yourself and others!

By participating in clinical studies, you play an integral role in advancing scientific knowledge on TMJ disorders. Researchers need people with a TMJ disorder, along with healthy individuals. By participating, you can help generate much-needed data to help yourself and others!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has resources to help you understand clinical trials and their role in evaluating new treatments. This infographic is a great place to start. Visit NIH Clinical Research Trials and You, a comprehensive website for people who want to learn about clinical trials or participate in one. You can also check out their informative FAQ.

Study Opportunities

Investigation and Modulation of the Mu-Opioid Mechanisms in TMD (in vivo)

Volunteers needed for a research study using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging in people who suffer from TMD and in healthy controls to identify factors that may be correlated with the severity of TMD pain.

Major Inclusion Criteria:
• Age 18-65 (inclusive)
• Chronic TMD pain and dysfunction for at least one year
• No history of other neurologic, systemic or chronic pain disorders

Participation Involves:
• Neuroimaging scans: fMRI, PET
• Compensation for each visit completed, totaling up to $650

The H.O.P.E. (Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort) laboratory, University of Michigan, is a multidisciplinary collaborative effort to investigate the brain as a research and therapeutic target in chronic trigeminal pain disorders. The study is funded by the National Institute of Health.

For more information:
https://UMHealthResearch.org/#studies/HUM00110179
Phone: (734) 763-8469
E-mail: contactHOPE@umich.edu

Online Study for People with Chronic Pain Treated with Daily Opioid Medications

The VALUE study is looking for adults who have chronic pain, are taking daily oral prescription opioids or continuous delivery through an opioid patch, and are not currently tapering or reducing their opioid medications.

Adults from across the U.S. are invited to participate in this study to help us learn about people’s experiences to help future patients, families, and doctors make medical decisions about the best treatment for their chronic pain.

Participants stay in this online-only study for 1 year and are asked to complete 3 online surveys (baseline, 6 months, and 12 months). Study investigators will ask you questions about your pain, medications, how you are feeling and doing, and how well your medications are working for you.

Participants will NOT be required to attend any office visits or make any medication changes. Participants may receive up to $150 for completing 3 surveys and 3 brief phone calls to confirm their medications.

The study is conducted by researchers at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA). For more information: Please contact VALUE study coordinator Hannah Cunningham at hcunning@stanford.edu or 1-833-668-0277.

Learn more: http://med.stanford.edu/pain/snapl/current-studies/value.html

Online Survey on Fibromyalgia, Chronic Migraine, Chronic Orofacial Pain and TMD

The Pain Research Lab at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is currently conducting a study to learn more about social and psychological functioning in young adults (ages 18-30) with fibromyalgia, chronic migraine, or chronic orofacial pain or temporomandibular disorder. The study will be done entirely online and consists of completing online surveys for approximately 1 hour. Participants will be compensated via a gift card for $15 to Target for their participation. If you are interested, please email: chronicpainstudy@cchmc.org

Vestibulodynia (VBD) UPDATe Study

Recruiting participants in the Vestibulodynia (VBD) UPDATE Study. In order to identify the most effective treatments for women with chronic vaginal pain, researchers at Duke University, The University of California – Los Angeles, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are performing a randomized placebo-controlled blinded clinical trial. This trial hopes to better understand how women experience VBD pain in order to determine what treatments work best for different women. English-literate women between the ages of 18-50 years are eligible for immediate enrollment if they have VBD and meet certain study criteria. To learn more about the study, meet our research team, and enroll, please visit our UPDATe Study website.

University of California San Diego Study on Chronic Low Back Pain

The Brain Mechanisms of Pain and Health Laboratory at University of California San Diego is conducting a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical trial examining the effects of meditation on chronic low back pain. They are looking for patients between 18-65 years of age that have been suffering from chronic low back pain for at least three months. The study requires seven days of patient involvement with one month to complete the study. Patients will be compensated $400 for completion of the study. For additional information, including a complete description of the study at the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute at UCSD, please feel free to contact zeidanlab@ucsd.edu and/or call (858) 246-2028.

UCSD is conducting another NIH clinical trial examining the effects of meditation on chronic low back pain. They are looking for individuals with chronic low back pain who are 18-65 years of age. This 16-part study may take up to 48 days to complete. Participants will undergo bodily maneuvers, noxious heat, brain imaging, meditation interventions, and cognitive testing. Brain imaging will take place in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner located at the UCSD campus. Participants will be compensated $780 for successfully completing the study. The study is located in the San Diego County region. In order to participate individuals should contact  zeidanlab@ucsd.edu and/or call (858) 246-2028.