• Portrait of Donna Turner
  • Associate professor

    Community Health Sciences
    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2



Research summary

Dr. Donna Turner's research interests revolve around population-based cancer data to inform cancer control activities. She conducts cancer epidemiology projects using provincial cancer registry and linked administrative databases, with a primary focus on population-based health services research in cancer. As the provincial director of the population oncology portfolio at CancerCare Manitoba, she oversees programs related to epidemiology, prevention and screening, system performance, quality, patient safety, and policies and guidelines. Dr. Turner welcomes both Master's and PhD students in her research program.

Research interests

  • Cancer: surveillance, etiology, prevention, screening, outcomes
  • Health services research
  • Population health

Research affiliations

  • Research Institute of Oncology and Hematology (RIOH) at CancerCare Manitoba
    • Researcher

Research groups

  • Canadian Cancer Society
    • Publication Committee, member
  • Canadian Council of Cancer Registries
    • Member
  • International Association of Cancer Registries (IACR)
    • Regional Representative for North America
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research
    • Institute of Cancer Research Advisory Board, member
  • Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)
    • System Performance Working Group, member
  • North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
    • Member
  • CanPath (Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health) Cohort Consortium
    • Member


Brief bio

Dr. Donna Turner is an associate professor in the Community Health Sciences department of the Max Rady College of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Her career in cancer research began in 1999 when she joined CancerCare Manitoba as an epidemiologist after completing her post-doctoral fellowship with the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. She has been the provincial director of the population oncology portfolio at CancerCare Manitoba since 2007.


Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology from the University of Alberta (1997)

Master of Science in Community Health Sciences with a focus on Epidemiology from the University of Calgary (1991)

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria (1988)

Contact us

Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada