The number of Minnesotans with diabetes is growing so fast that state health officials describe the disease as a juggernaut threatening to overwhelm the state's health care system. But there is some hope. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have set out to conquer diabetes within 10 years.

Audio: Meet the researchers

These Minnesotans are working to find better ways to manage diabetes, and to cure it.

Meri Firpo Meri Firpo

A researcher at the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute. "Minnesota has a unique opportunity to speed up diabetes research because of the U of M/Mayo partnership." Listen

Dr. Victor Montori Dr. Victor Montori

Co-director of the Decade of Discovery diabetes partnership. "Diabetes patients can spend 140 minutes a day managing their disease. We need to reduce that workload." Listen

Dr. Elizabeth SeaquistDr. Elizabeth Seaquist

A U of M endocrinologist who treats diabetics. "Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have a genetic component." Listen

Alexandra Carlson Alexandra Carlson

A technician in Meri Firpo's stem cell lab at the U of M. She has type 1 diabetes, and wants to be part of the team that finds a cure. Listen

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Reporters: Lorna Benson, Elizabeth Dunbar
Broadcast editor: Mike Edgerly
Online editors: David Cazares, Melanie Sommer
Photographers: Jeffrey Thompson, Alex Kolyer
Public Insight producer: Molly Bloom