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Anne M. Fink, PhD FAHA

Assistant Professor

Biobehavioral Health Science


Building & Room:

750 NURS


845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612

Office Phone:

(312) 355-0689


The focus of Dr. Fink’s laboratory is on understanding how sleep disorders impact the cardiovascular system. Ongoing experiments define the mechanisms linking disrupted sleep with the development of high blood pressure. There are two areas currently under investigation: (1) defining the impact of experimental shift-work on circadian patterns in blood pressure and heart rate variability, and (2) determining how neuronal networks in the pons regulate cardiorespiratory responses to experimental sleep apnea. These studies have important implications for designing interventions that reduce cardiovascular morbidity in the millions of Americans afflicted with sleep apnea syndrome and circadian rhythm disorders.

Selected Publications

Fink AM, Bronas UG, Calik MW. Autonomic regulation during sleep and wakefulness: A review with implications for defining the pathophysiology of neurological disorders. Clinical Autonomic Research, 2018;28(6), 509-518.

Fink AM, Dean C. Quantifying acute changes in renal sympathetic nerve activity in response to central nervous system manipulations. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 2018;(139):e58205.

Fink AM, Dean C, Piano MR, Carley DW. The pedunculopontine tegmentum controls renal sympathetic nerve activity and cardiorespiratory activities in Nembutal-anesthetized rats. PLOS ONE, 2017;12(11):e0187956.

Fink AM, Topchiy I, Ragozzino M, Amodeo D, Waxman JA, Radulovacki M, Carley DW. Brown Norway and Zucker Lean rats demonstrate circadian variation in ventilation and sleep apnea. Sleep, 2014;37(4):715-21.


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
B.S.N., Loyola University Chicago