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Journal of Pain Research

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Orofacial Pain: A new US Dental Specialty. Where are we now?

Manuscript deadline
17 November 2023

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Article collection guest advisor(s)

Dr. David Keith, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
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Dr. Alexandre F. DaSilva, University of Michigan School of Dentistry
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Orofacial Pain: A new US Dental Specialty. Where are we now?

Dove Medical Press is pleased to invite you to submit your research to an upcoming Article Collection on "Orofacial Pain: A new US Dental Specialty. Where are we now?", organized by Guest Advisors Dr. David Keith and Dr. Alexandre F. DaSilva in the Journal of Pain Research.

Orofacial Pain has become a new Dental Specialty in the US. The origin and responsibility of this subject lies in the realm of Dentistry and thus much of the research work has originated from this discipline, with inherent limitations. Current efforts around the world are endeavoring to rectify this situation by using scientific methodology and interdisciplinary collaboration to focus on the various clinical conditions seen in this anatomic region. It is important to establish a broader evidence base for this subspecialty and to define its direction for the future.

The topics suggested fall into several domains:

1 - The clinical diagnoses of neuropathic, post traumatic, temporomandibular disorder, headache, and psychological correlates of orofacial pain, which are among the most difficult to classify and manage.
2 - The burgeoning fields of neuroimaging and neuromodulation.
3 - Basic science projects that are represented by research on glial cells, pharmacogenomics, animal models, and genetics of Temporomandibular Disorders/Orofacial pain.
4 - National efforts - the US-based OPPERA study and the Norwegian national program for Orofacial Pain.
5 - Bias in Orofacial Pain literature and research based on gender, ethnicity, socioeconomic factors.

All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.

The deadline for submissions is 17th November 2023.

Please submit your manuscript on our website, quoting the promo code XFCAU to indicate that your submission is for consideration in this Article Collection.

David Keith attended Guy’s Hospital Dental School, University of London, where he received his BDS degree in 1966. He obtained his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1970 and his DMD from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1983. He is Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at HSDM and Visiting OMFS at MGH. He is retired from clinical practice and continues to pursue his interests in temporomandibular joint disorders and Orofacial pain.

Dr. Alexandre DaSilva is the Director of H.O.P.E. (Headache & Orofacial Pain Effort) Lab at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, which is a multidisciplinary team that investigates the brain as a research and therapeutic target for chronic pain disorders, including migraine, TMD, head and neck cancer pain, and neuropathic pain. He is a Tenured Professor in the Biologic and Materials Sciences Department and serves as the Director of Learning Health Systems. Dr. DaSilva has received his Doctorate in Medical Science (DMedSc) degree in Oral Biology with clinical training in Orofacial Pain at Harvard University.

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All manuscripts submitted to this Article Collection will undergo desk assessment and peer-review as part of our standard editorial process. Guest Advisors for this collection will not be involved in peer-reviewing manuscripts unless they are an existing member of the Editorial Board. Please review the journal Aims and Scope and author submission instructions prior to submitting a manuscript.