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.
Neuroreport. 1999 Sep 29;10(14):2895-9
Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1999 Sep 1;24(17):1839-44
Effect of facilitation of sensation from plantar foot-surface boundaries on postural stabilization in young and older adults.
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1999 Jun;54(6):M281-7
Preparatory balance adjustments precede withdrawal response to noxious stimulation in standing humans.
Neurosci Lett. 1999 Jun 4;267(3):197-200
The control of foot placement during compensatory stepping reactions: does speed of response take precedence over stability?
IEEE Trans Rehabil Eng. 1999 Mar;7(1):80-90
Phys Ther. 1997 May;77(5):488-507
J Am Geriatr Soc. 1997 Mar;45(3):313-20
Preferred placement of the feet during quiet stance: development of a standardized foot placement for balance testing.
Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 1997 Jan;12(1):66-70
IEEE Trans Rehabil Eng. 1996 Dec;4(4):348-59
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1996 Nov;51(6):M289-96
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