When the jaw is sore!

22 August 2011

Professor Chris Peck.
Professor Chris Peck.

The Faculty of Dentistry was well represented at the 2nd Asian Academic Congress for the Temporomandibular Joint meeting held in Hiroshima, Japan, on 23 July 2011.

The conference delegates met to discuss the causes and management of temporomandibular disorders.

Temporomandibular disorders includes pain and problems of the jaw joint and muscles. Frequently referred to as 'TMJ', when a person's temporomandibular joint is not functioning properly they can experience among other things, biting or chewing difficulty or discomfort, clicking, popping, or grating sounds when opening or closing the mouth and dull, aching pain in the face.

The dean of the faculty, Professor Chris Peck, was an invited keynote speaker. His presentation titled 'An Update on the Biopsychosocial Concepts of Temporomandibular Disorders' helped unravel the complex mechanisms involved in these problems, and received an enthusiastic response by the audience of specialists in this field.

Also attending (and presenting two posters in conjunction with Ichiro Minami) was Alex Wirianski, the faculty's Endeavour awardee, who recently had to interrupt his year-long research project in Sendai, Japan, due to the recent tragic events in that region.

They were joined by Dr Rahena Akhter who was awarded the 'best poster award' for her research presentation titled: 'Effect of jaw muscle pain on jaw movement and jaw muscle activity in catastrophizers'.

Professor Peck and the faculty offered hearty congratulations to Dr Akhter who is a postdoctoral research fellow and whose success reflects bright talent and research excellence in the faculty.

Source: Faculty of Dentistry