Type 1 diabetes can be a frightening diagnosis. The symptoms may go unrecognized, landing the patient in the emergency room after days of distress. Then it's on to a quick education and a lifetime of relentless management of the disease. It changes lives, and not for the better. Though we've recognized diabetes for more than a centruy, we're still stuck with treating the symptoms rather than the cause. Our understanding is growing, with recent breakthroughs at places like the Max McGee National Research Center. But we still don't know why people get Type 1. Although it's not exciting, mind-blowing, front-page news, the truth is there is only one way we're going to come up with a better understanding of the disease and maybe even a cure: persistent high-quality research.