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.
Reducing fall risk by improving balance control: development, evaluation and knowledge-translation of new approaches.
J Safety Res. 2011 Dec;42(6):473-85
J Biomech. 2011 May 17;44(8):1466-70
Does the "eyes lead the hand" principle apply to reach-to-grasp movements evoked by unexpected balance perturbations?
Hum Mov Sci. 2011 Apr;30(2):368-83
The use of peripheral vision to guide perturbation-evoked reach-to-grasp balance-recovery reactions.
Exp Brain Res. 2010 Nov;207(1-2):105-18
Effect of a perturbation-based balance training program on compensatory stepping and grasping reactions in older adults: a randomized controlled trial.
Phys Ther. 2010 Apr;90(4):476-91
Attitudes of older adults toward shooter video games: An initial study to select an acceptable game for training visual processing.
Gerontechnology. 2010 Jan 1;9(1):5-17
Are age-related impairments in change-in-support balance reactions dependent on the method of balance perturbation?
J Biomech. 2009 May 29;42(8):1023-31
Effect of competing attentional demands on perturbation-evoked stepping reactions and associated gaze behavior in young and older adults.
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2008 Dec;63(12):1370-9
The moveable handhold: a new paradigm to study visual contributions to the control of balance-recovery reactions.
Gait Posture. 2009 Feb;29(2):339-42
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2008 Aug;63(8):885-91
Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)
Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Adjunct Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto
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