Faculty Member Profile
"Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Teaching." Rodrigues B. Bristol-Myers Squibb. 2007.
"Award for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Teaching." Rodrigues B. Bristol-Myers Squibb. 2005.
"Killiam Teaching Award." Rodrigues B. University of British Columbia. 2004.
Dr. Brian Rodrigues is a professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UBC. He currently serves as a member of all of the major grant review panels including the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, Canadian Diabetes Foundation, CIHR and Pfizer Cardiovascular Awards. Dr. Rodrigues came to Canada in 1983 and obtained a masters and a PhD degree in pharmacology at UBC. Following completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Calgary, he was appointed as an assistant professor at UBC in 1993.
Throughout his career, Dr. Rodrigues has pursued his interest in diabetes and heart research with funding from the HSFBC&Y, CDA, Pfizer, and CIHR. His research findings have been published extensively. Dr. Rodrigues is actively involved in the training of graduate students. In the past five years, he has graduated nine PhD students who are currently independent investigators and completing studies at Harvard, Yale, NIH and the University of Toronto. At present, his lab has three PhD students.
During diabetes, the heart switches to using fats exclusively as an energy supply. Dr. Rodrigues is interested in examining the mechanism of how fat fuels are provided to the heart and how excess fats can lead to cardiac disease. Appreciating this mechanism should allow the identification of novel targets for therapeutic intervention to prevent heart failure during diabetes.