TMD Research Informing Clinical Practice: A Call for Manuscripts

The National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on Temporomandibular Disorders (TMDs) Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care (2020)” set forth several recommendations to improve quality care for individuals suffering from TMD and a call to action from diverse groups of health care researchers and providers to address these recommendations. One set of recommendations included the need for more evidence-based research to inform clinical practice. Toward this latter need, we would like to bring your attention to a recent Research Topic set forth in Frontiers in Dental Medicine.

Frontiers in Dental Medicine is a scientific journal that focuses on ensuring that dental, oral and craniofacial health and diseases are understood in the context of the whole body. It advocates for a transdisciplinary research approach with the ultimate goal of accelerating oral and overall health outcomes for all communities. The Journal publishes scientific articles comprising a broad range of topics related to oral health research.

The Journal is currently accepting manuscripts for review in a special Research Topic focus area, Temporomandibular Disorder: New Directions in Research and Patient Care. The goal of this Research Topic is to reimagine the disparate and siloed approaches to basic, translational, and clinical research that have plagued the field of TMDs and to accelerate the inclusion of medical and dental research expertise in the quest for improved, patient-centered, interprofessional care for TMD patients. Two broad research themes define the Scope of this Research Topic. The first theme is the application of a systems biology approach to basic TMD research. The second theme is the integration and assimilation of medical and dental sciences expertise in basic and clinical research in a patient-centered, whole-body approach to scientific discovery and care for TMD patients. Multifaceted teams with expertise in neurology, immunology, endocrinology, rheumatology, physical therapy, musculoskeletal diseases, and biobehavioral science are encouraged to submit manuscripts. A broad range of biologic, pharmacologic, behavioral, and physical treatment approaches that have substantial backing from recent discoveries by the international TMD research community also are encouraged.

The deadline for submitting manuscripts for review is July 31, 2022. We encourage the submission of manuscripts from the broad scientific research community that address the many topics pertinent to basic discovery and patient treatment for TMDs.

Additional information may be found at the Frontiers in Dental Medicine Website: or you may contact John W. Kusiak, Ph.D. Topic Editor, for further information at if you would like to discuss your research topic to determine its appropriateness for this special Research Topic.