In this video, Dr. Anne Fink discusses the role of rat models for studying sleep and circadian rhythm disorders and explains how rat models are suitable for investigating the sleep-related disorders that afflict humans. Dr. Fink gives an overview of discoveries, discusses the impact of inadequate sleep on the cardiovascular system, and explains how preclinical sleep research improves public health. This video is part of the Researcher's Spotlight, a vlog series which provides a virtual platform for researchers to discuss their work and engage with the broader scientific community.

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Presenter 
Anne M. Fink, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Nursing Science, University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Anne Fink investigates sleep neurobiology, blood pressure regulation, and the microbiome. Her team's preclinical research informs the management of a variety of prevalent health conditions, such as hypertension, stroke, sleep apnea, insomnia, and shift-work sleep disorder. Dr. Fink received her PhD from and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience /sleep at the University of Illinois Chicago.