CancerCare Manitoba
Staff Bios

Donna Turner

Donna Turner is an Epidemiologist and Provincial Director of the Population Oncology portfolio at CancerCare Manitoba. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. She began her training at the University of Victoria in Health Information Science, followed by graduate work in epidemiology and oncology at the Universities of Calgary and Alberta and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She further developed her interest in cancer epidemiology by working at two Canadian cancer agencies (the Alberta Cancer Board and CancerCare Manitoba).

As a result of these experiences, her research interests revolve around the use of population-based cancer registry data, particularly record linkage using cancer registries and administrative data (information collected as part of the management of health care insurance plans or employment) as a means of informing cancer control activities. Her current position allows her to work in various aspects of cancer control research - from prevention/etiology to early detection to diagnosis/treatment to outcomes - using the population-based data resources of the provincial health department and the cancer agency in Manitoba.

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Al Artaman

Al Artaman, MD PhD MHA, is the new Director of Epidemiology. He is a research scientist with years of experience in clinical and pharmaco-epidemiology, as well as public and global health epidemiology. Following his time spent as a general practitioner, he participated in an international health internship program focused on HIV epidemiology in Central Asia in the 1990s. In the early 2000s, he was a consultant in Canada, Central Asia and the Caucasus for a number of medical and research centres dealing with system-level planning related to health information and data management. In his most recent role, he was a principal investigator or co-investigator on several descriptive and observational epidemiological studies in the US and Europe.

Dr. Artaman's office is ON2114B, and he can be reached at 787-4745, or at

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Kathleen Decker

Dr. Decker is a senior epidemiologist in the Epidemiology and Cancer Registry Department at CancerCare Manitoba. She has worked with Manitoba screening programs to conduct program evaluation and research since 1995. Dr. Decker is an Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba. She is also Chair of the Pan-Canadian Cervical Cancer Screening Network.

Her research interests include cancer epidemiology, cancer screening, chronic disease prevention, and inequities in health care use. Dr. Decker holds a PhD in Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology from the University of Manitoba. She has a Master's degree from Dalhousie University and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo.

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Gail Noonan

Gail Noonan is the Manager of the Cancer Registry and a certified tumour registrar. She has spent her career at CancerCare Manitoba worked at CCMB for 30 years now with most of those years in the Cancer Registry as a cancer registrar.

Her research interests revolve around the collection and quality of the data in the Manitoba Cancer Registry and staying up-to-date with all the current coding and staging classifications to assist researchers, analysts and/or physicians looking to the Registry for information. She chairs the Committee on Data and Quality Management which provides recommendations and advice to the Canadian Council of Cancer Registries on matters relating to the quality and the standardization of the Canadian Cancer Registry data collection, storage, analysis and reporting. The membership includes representatives from across Canada and allows her to network, leverage knowledge and keep current with all aspects of cancer data collection in the Registry.

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