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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.

New Report on Temporomandibular Disorders: Priorities for Research and Care

With support from the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed a committee to address the current state of knowledge regarding TMD research, education and training, safety and efficacy of clinical treatments, and associated burden and costs.

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.

TMJ PATIENT-LED ROUNDTABLE

  • Feb 19, 2020

Acting as the catalyst to advance the interests of TMJ patients, The TMJ Association developed the TMJ Patient-led RoundTable—a public-private collaboration among the federal government, scientists, clinicians, dentists, patients, advocates and manufacturers. Collectively, stakeholders possess broad expertise in numerous fields, including biomaterials and biomaterial sensitivity, infection, immunity, bioengineering, women's health issues, genetics, neuroscience, patient-centeredness, insurance practices, nutrition and bioethics.  

The RoundTable is the first patient-led project conducted under the auspices of the Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet), a public-private partnership developed to bring real world data and patient experiences together with a broad array of experts to conduct studies aimed at improving outcomes for implant patients worldwide. A unique aspect of the RoundTable initiative is that it is patient-centered. The RoundTable was initiated by a need to find out why some TMJ patients improve with implant surgery, while others worsen. It has evolved into a comprehensive study of all aspects of TMD and how these aspects interact to affect patient outcomes. The goal is to establish a scientifically valid roadmap that can reliably predict treatment outcomes for individual patients.

The RoundTable Working Groups continue to meet on a regular basis.The following documents have resulted from these activities:

More information is also available at the MDEpiNet's website: http://mdepinet.org/tmj-patient-led-roundtable-crn/.