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Patients Front and Center at the 2018 TMJ Patient-Led RoundTable

It is still all too fresh in the minds of many patients. Fifty years ago, between the 1970s and 1980s, some 10,000 TMJ patients received Vitek jaw implant devices.

Funding Opportunities now available for the NIH Common Fund’s Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program

The NIH Common Fund's Acute to Chronic Pain Signatures program aims to understand the biological characteristics underlying the transition from acute to chronic pain and what makes some people susceptible and others resilient to the development of chronic pain.

Opportunity to Voice Your Opinion: U.S. Government Officials Want To Hear from Patients with Pain

FDA Public Meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain On July 9, 2018, FDA hosted a public meeting on Patient-Focused Drug Development for Chronic Pain. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/15/2018-10284/patient-focused-

Consider Including the TMJA in Your Financial Planning

We were recently contacted by Tom P. who informed us that he was including The TMJ Association (TMJA), in his financial planning. Tom wrote the following for us to share with our readers:

The Scoop on TMD Pharmaceuticals

Let's say the National Institutes of Health just handed us a multi-million dollar grant to get to the bottom of TMD and find a cure once and for all. I mean, we could start handing out heating pads left and right, but that kind of relief can only get us so far. Whenever I try a different form of therapy or medication, I like to think about the biology, right down to the cellular and molecular level. Why are the cells that make up my jaw region being such jerks?

TMJA SCIENCE MEETINGS

  • Nov 29, 2017

The TMJ Association has held the following prestigious scientific meetings in Bethesda, Maryland. Speaker abstracts, meeting agendas, as well as issues of the TMJ Science, a science journal, which contains the summary and recommendations of our scientific meetings are listed below.

First Scientific Meeting - Moving Temporomandibular Joint Research into the 21st Century

Second Scientific Meeting - Joint and Muscle Dysfunction of the Temporomandibular Joint

Third Scientific Meeting - Advancing Diagnostic Approaches for TMJ Diseases and Disorders

Fourth Scientific Meeting - A Systems Approach to the Understanding of TMJ as a Complex Disease

Fifth Scientific Meeting - Can Studies of Comorbidities with TMJDs Reveal Common Mechanisms of Disease?

Sixth Scientific Meeting - Comorbid Chronic Pain Conditions - Mechanisms, Diagnosis and Treatments

Seventh Scientific Meeting - Genetic and Epigenetic Basis of Temporomandibular Disorders and Related Chronic Overlapping Conditions

Eighth Scientific Meeting - How Can Precision Medicine Be Applied to Temporomandibular Disorders and its Comorbidities?


To receive a hard copy of TMJ Science, please indicate the journal(s) you'd like to receive and send your request to info@tmj.org.

Comments from the Scientific Meetings

Over the course of these Scientific Meetings, we have received many positive comments from the members of the medical community who have attended. To gain more insight in what happens at these gatherings, read on:

"Thanks for the fantastic meeting. I have been going to TMD and pain meetings for over 20 years and this was one of the best that I have ever attended. The idea of bringing together all the experts and patient advocates for all the comorbidities was a great idea. We all need to get together and find those common purposes. The meeting truly reflected what I see as a clinician and what the vast majority of our patients report. Thanks for all your hard work. It is obvious that you are accomplishing things that could not be done without your efforts! There are a lot of providers and patients who will benefit from what you are doing."

~Morris A. Branch, D.D.S., M.S., Bethesda, MD

"I wanted to congratulate you on superb conference (5th Science Meeting)! Definitely one of the best interdisciplinary gatherings I can remember! I hope that an NIH Road Map Initiative will come out of this."

~Emeran A. Mayer, MD, Director, Center for Neurobiology of Stress - Division of Digestive Diseases, University of California, Los Angeles

"The TMJ Association has once again distinguished itself by sponsoring it's fourth scientific meeting...the Association is to be congratulated for its innovation and creativity..."

~Lawrence Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research