The University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a $1 million dollar gift from the family of Mrs. Joel E. Johnson, Jr., daughter-in-law of the late Joel E. Johnson, Sr., to enhance and strengthen the dystonia research program at UAB. Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures.

The Joel E. Johnson, Sr., Research Acceleration Fund in Dystonia will support ongoing dystonia research in the Division of Movement Disorders, part of the Department of Neurology.

This gift will help UAB create a world-class research program in dystonia.