Michael York: Amyloidosis and Stem Cell Research

Michael York, star of films such as Cabaret, Logan’s Run, and Austin Powers, spoke to the California stem cell agency governing board about his personal battle with amyloidosis, a rare, often fatal disease caused by the abnormal deposit of proteins called amyloids in various tissues of the body. In addition to amyloidosis, York was also diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Last July, York had a successful blood stem cell transplant to treat his condition. Board member Sherry Lansing introduced Mr. York. To learn CIRM-funded projects related to blood cancers, visit our leukemia fact sheet