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.
Change-in-support balance reactions in older persons: an emerging research area of clinical importance.
Neurol Clin. 2005 Aug;23(3):751-83, vi-vii
The association between later cortical potentials and later phases of postural reactions evoked by perturbations to upright stance.
Neurosci Lett. 2005 Jun 24;381(3):269-74
Redirection of gaze and switching of attention during rapid stepping reactions evoked by unpredictable postural perturbation.
Exp Brain Res. 2005 Sep;165(3):392-401
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Jan;86(1):134-45
Gait Posture. 2004 Aug;20(1):74-83
The effect of a concurrent cognitive task on cortical potentials evoked by unpredictable balance perturbations.
BMC Neurosci. 2004 May 17;5:18
Online mutability of step direction during rapid stepping reactions evoked by postural perturbation.
IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2004 Mar;12(1):140-52
Initiation of rapid reach-and-grasp balance reactions: is a pre-formed visuospatial map used in controlling the initial arm trajectory?
Exp Brain Res. 2004 Apr;155(4):532-6
Resolving conflicts in task demands during balance recovery: does holding an object inhibit compensatory grasping?
Exp Brain Res. 2004 Jul;157(1):49-58
IEEE Eng Med Biol Mag. 2003 Mar-Apr;22(2):20-6
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