ProfileDr. Helen Burgess is a Professor in the Departments of Behavioral Sciences and Internal Medicine, and Director of the Biological Rhythms Research Laboratory at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her research examines basic sleep and circadian rhythm mechanisms in humans and also sleep and circadian rhythms in the context of clinical illness, including alcohol abuse, chronic pain, circadian rhythm sleep wake disorders, depression, diabetes, HIV, gastrointestinal illness, jet lag, shift work and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her research also examines how light and melatonin can be used to improve health and reduce symptom burden. Dr. Burgess's research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health.