Stem Cell Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

At its July meeting, the CIRM governing Board was honored to hear from Caleb Sizemore, a delightful and courageous young man who was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a fatal genetic disease that causes progressive degeneration and weakening of muscles. Many children with DMD don’t live past their 20s often due to faltering lung and heart muscles.¬†

In 2016, Caleb enrolled in Capricor Therapeutics’ CIRM-funded trial testing a stem-cell treatment to improve heart scarring caused by DMD. In this video, he speaks¬†to the board about how his hope and faith led him to participate in the trial and has helped him stay positive despite his disorder.

Video produced by Todd Dubnicoff/CIRM