U-M TOPICs


UM-TOPICs
University of Michigan's Temporomandibular Joint Disorders and Orofacial Pain
Interdisciplinary Consortium (UM-TOPICs) Career Development Grant
NIH/NIDCR K12DE023574

AIMS OF CAREER DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

Postdoctoral and Junior Faculty positions are available through the UM-TOPICs (K12) grant supported by the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). The primary objective of this K12 award is to enhance the research capacity in temporomandibular joint disorders / orofacial pain (TMJD/OP) by facilitating the development of scholars who will pursue research and enhance the knowledge base towards clinical translation of findings in TMJD/OP.

The three areas of focus for this career development research training are:

  • Pain mechanisms and therapeutics
  • TMJ pathogenesis
  • Development biology, regeneration and tissue engineering of joint, muscle and ligaments.

Specific aims of this training program are to:

  • Provide Scholars with the core foundations of contemporary scientific methodologies in pain and therapeutics, TMJ pathogenesis, developmental biology, regeneration and tissue engineering, imaging, biomarkers, bioinformatics and genomics as applied to TMJD/OP;
  • Facilitate the training and success of junior investigators in TMJD/OP through exceptional team mentorship towards independent funding;
  • Bridge and derive critical knowledge needed to advance patient care in TMJD/OP through interdisciplinary science.

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Dr. Sunil Kapila, BDS, MS, PhD

Thomas M. and Doris Graber Endowed Professor of Dentistry
Chair, Department of Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry
The University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Dr. Daniel Clauw, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychology
The University of Michigan School of Medicine