Leanna completed her undergraduate degree in Bio-Medical Sciences at the University of Guelph. It was during this experience that she first developed her interest in research. After graduation, she took time away from school to travel before moving to Calgary to pursue her Master’s degree in Neuroscience. Her thesis explored the impact of aerobic exercise on brain blood flow in older adults, with a focus on the differences between men and women. Once she completed her graduate degree, she joined the Emergency Strategic Clinical Network at AHS to work on a initiative to help reduce unnecessary transfers from long-term care to emergency departments. This research was funded by Alberta Innovates’ Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Health System (PRIHS) Program. Leanna is passionate about healthy aging, improving outcomes for patients, and knowledge translation. Outside of work, she can be found exploring the mountains, reading, cooking and baking.