Prior to moving to TRI in 2012, Brian Maki was Director of the Centre for Studies in Aging at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where his research lab was based from 1987 to 2012. Trained in biomechanical engineering, his primary research interests involve the biomechanics and neural control of balance and movement. His research has focused primarily on the problem of falling in older adults: understanding age-related balance impairment, developing improved methods for assessing balance and predicting fall risk, and developing new interventions to prevent falls and related injuries. His work has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) continuously since 1989, and he has also received funding from other Canadian agencies, from the U.S. National Institute on Aging and from private industry. He has held a CIHR Senior Investigator career award (1999-2004), was the leader of a CIHR New Emerging Team (2002-07), and currently leads a CIHR Mobility in Aging Team (2008-2016). He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and has supervised or co-supervised more than 50 research fellows and students. His work has resulted in three patents and has influenced nine national and international building codes.
Effect of handrail height and age on the timing and speed of reach-to-grasp balance reactions during slope descent.
Appl Ergon. 2019 Nov;81:102873
Age-related changes in the capacity to select early-onset upper-limb reactions to either recover balance or protect against impact.
Exp Gerontol. 2019 Aug 01;:110676
Clinical assessment of reactive balance control in acquired brain injury: A comparison of manual and cable release-from-lean assessment methods.
Physiother Res Int. 2019 Jun 17;:e1787
Appl Ergon. 2019 Apr;76:20-31
Age-related differences in dynamic balance control during stair descent and effect of varying step geometry.
Appl Ergon. 2016 Jan;52:275-84
Appl Ergon. 2015 Nov;51:9-17
Recommendations for a core outcome set for measuring standing balance in adult populations: a consensus-based approach.
PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0120568
Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Oct;23(10):1088-97
Do aging and dual-tasking impair the capacity to store and retrieve visuospatial information needed to guide perturbation-evoked reach-to-grasp reactions?
PLoS One. 2013;8(11):e79401
Effects of uni- and multimodal cueing on handrail grasping and associated gaze behavior in older adults.
Accid Anal Prev. 2013 Oct;59:407-14
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Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Waterloo
Adjunct Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Adjunct Member, School of Graduate Studies, Ryerson University