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.

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J Safety Res. 2011 Dec;42(6):473-85
Maki BE, Sibley KM, Jaglal SB, Bayley M, Brooks D, Fernie GR, Flint AJ, Gage W, Liu BA, McIlroy WE, Mihailidis A, Perry SD, Popovic MR, Pratt J, Zettel JL
J Biomech. 2011 May 17;44(8):1466-70
Tung JY, Gage WH, Zabjek KF, Maki BE, McIlroy WE
Hum Mov Sci. 2011 Apr;30(2):368-83
King EC, Lee TA, McKay SM, Scovil CY, Peters AL, Pratt J, Maki BE
Exp Brain Res. 2010 Nov;207(1-2):105-18
King EC, McKay SM, Cheng KC, Maki BE
Gait Posture. 2009 Feb;29(2):339-42
Cheng KC, McKay SM, King EC, Tung JY, Lee TA, Scovil CY, Maki BE
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2008 Aug;63(8):885-91
Zettel JL, McIlroy WE, Maki BE


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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