• Portrait of Dr. Garry Shen.
  • Professor

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Internal Medicine
    Room 835 – John Buhler Research Centre
    715 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-789-3816
    Fax: 204-789-3987


Research summary

Dr. Garry Shen is a leading expert in the field of diabetic cardiovascular complications, with a particular focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms of these complications and developing nutritional interventions to prevent and control them. He is also a leading researcher in the field of gestational diabetes, working to investigate and prevent this condition in Indigenous and urban communities through educational and lifestyle interventions.

Dr. Shen's research program is wide-ranging, with a focus on basic sciences, clinical sciences, and public and community health. He has a particular interest in understanding the role of the microbiome and metabolomics in diabetes, and has been at the forefront of research investigating the use of Saskatoon berry and wild rice in nutritional interventions for diabetes.

Dr. Shen's research has received close to 20 million dollars of funding, and has generated over 140 peer-reviewed papers in leading journals such as Diabetes Care, Diabetes, Lancet EClin Med, Br Med J, JAMA Pediatrics, and Endocrinology. He is also an associate director of the Diabetes Research Group at the University of Manitoba, and a co-chair of the Endocrine Research Group at the same institution.

  • Research affiliation

    Research scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)

    Research groups

    Associate director, Diabetes Research Group, University of Manitoba

    Co-Chair, Endocrine Research Group, University of Manitoba

    Member, Global Task Force, Strategic Policy and Acceptability Committee

    Research themes

    Basic sciences

    Clinical sciences

    Public and community health

    Research interests

    Diabetic cardiovascular complications

    Atherosclerosis, thrombosis and vascular biology

    Nutritional intervention for prevention and control of diabetes

    Microbiome and metabolomics application for nutritional study

    Epidemiology of gestational diabetes

    Health research in Indigenous communities for the prevention of gestational diabetes

    Breastfeeding promotion

  • Keywords

    Diabetic complications

    Atherosclerosis; thrombosis

    Endothelial biology

    Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1

    Glycated low density protein




    Saskatoon berry

    Wild rice

    Gestational diabetes


    Indigenous health

    Community health research


    Digital health education



Dr. Garry Shen is a renowned expert in the field of diabetic cardiovascular complications, with a particular focus on endothelial cell biology and the development of nutritional remedies for the prevention and control of diabetes. He is a professor in internal medicine at the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where he also holds cross-appointments in physiology and pathophysiology, and food and human nutritional sciences.

Dr. Shen began his educational journey by obtaining his medical doctorate and PhD from Shanghai Second Medical University (now known as Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine) in 1985. He then went on to receive research training at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world, including the University of Iowa, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University of Alberta and Harvard University. In 1991, he joined the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where he has been a key figure in the advancement of diabetes research ever since.

Dr. Shen is also dedicated to mentoring the next generation of medical researchers. He has trained numerous graduate students, BSc (Med.) students, postdoctoral fellows, and clinical residents in medical research, and has developed his research programs with the efforts of his trainees and collaborations from his colleagues. He is also actively involved in community health research, working with partners and participants to improve the health of Indigenous communities.

Throughout his career, Dr. Shen has received numerous awards and accolades for his work, including the Shanghai Health Bureau's Award for Medical Research in 1985, the Alberta Heritage Foundation's Medical Research Award Postdoctoral Fellowship in 1989-91, the Canadian Lipoprotein Conference's New Investigator Award in 1997, and the Joslin Diabetes Center's Harvard University Iacocca Visiting Scientist Award in 2001.

  • Education

    Diploma in Medicine, Shanghai Second Medical College (1977)

    Master of Science, Shanghai Second Medical University (1981)

    PhD, Shanghai Second Medical University (1985)Medical Doctor, Shanghai Second Medical University (1985)

  • Awards

    Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University, Iacocca Visiting Scientist Award (2001)

    Canadian Lipoprotein Conference, New Investigator Award (1997)

    Alberta Heritage Foundation, Medical Research Award Postdoctoral Fellowship (1989-1991)

    Shanghai Health Bureau, Award for Medical Research (1985)

Contact us

Internal Medicine
Room GC430, Health Sciences Centre
820 Sherbrook Street
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3A 1R9 Canada