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Director, Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory
Behavioral Sciences
Rush Medical College
Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory
1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 425
Chicago, IL 60612

Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory
1645 W. Jackson Blvd.
Suite 425
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 563-4785
(312) 563-4900
PhD, University of Melbourne, 1998

BS, University of Melbourne, 1994

Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Biological Sciences, Physiological Processes, Psychological Phenomena and Processes
Actigraphy, Circadian Phase Assessments

Dr. Burgess' scientific research at Rush and in collaboration with other researchers around the world examines basic sleep and circadian rhythm mechanisms and also sleep and circadian rhythms in the context of alcoholism, autism, delayed sleep phase disorder, diabetes, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, jet lag, migraine, shift work, and post-traumatic stress disorder.  Dr. Burgess' research also examines how light and melatonin can be used to improve sleep and circadian adaptation and she has developed a method to facilitate accurate measurement of circadian timing in the home environment with appropriate measures of compliance.  Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, foundations, and private donors.

Selected Publications:

Burgess, H.J., Sharkey, K.M. and Eastman, C.I. (2002). Bright light, dark and melatonin can promote circadian adaptation in night shift workers. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 6(5), 407-420.

Burgess, H.J., Crowley, S.J., Gazda, C.J, Fogg, L.F. and Eastman, C.I. (2003). Preflight adjustment to eastward travel: 3 days of advancing sleep with and without morning bright light. Journal of Biological Rhythms, 18(4), 318-328.

Burgess, H.J. and Eastman, C.I. (2004). Early versus late bedtimes phase shift the human dim light melatonin rhythm despite a fixed morning lights on time. Neuroscience Letters, 356, 115-118.

Burgess, H.J., Fogg, L.F., Young, M.A. and Eastman, C.I. (2004). Bright light therapy for winter depression: Is phase advancing beneficial? Chronobiology International, 21(4-5), 759-775.

Burgess, H.J., Penev, P.D., Schneider, R. and Van Cauter, E. (2004). Estimating cardiac autonomic activity during sleep: Impedance cardiography, spectral analysis and Poincar?? plots. Clinical Neurophysiology, 115(1), 19-28.

Burgess, H.J. and Eastman, C.I. (2005). The dim light melatonin onset following fixed and free sleep schedules. Journal of Sleep Research, 14, 229-237.

Burgess, H.J. and Eastman, C.I. (2005). Short nights attenuate light-induced circadian phase advances in humans. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, 90, 4437-4440.

Burgess, H.J. and Eastman, C.I. (2006). A late wake time phase delays the human dim light melatonin rhythm. Neuroscience Letters, 395, 191-195.

Burgess, H.J. and Eastman, C.I. (2006). Short nights reduce light-induced circadian phase delays in humans. Sleep, 29, 25-30.

Burgess, H.J., Revell, V.L. and Eastman, C.I. (2008). A 3 pulse phase response curve to 3 mg melatonin in humans. Journal of Physiology, 586.2, 639-647.

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