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.
Clin Geriatr Med. 1996 Nov;12(4):635-58
J Mot Behav. 1996 Mar;28(1):28-34
J Biomech. 1996 Mar;29(3):343-53
J Vestib Res. 1996 Jan-Feb;6(1):53-9
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 1996 Jan;51(1):M37-43
J Am Geriatr Soc. 1995 Oct;43(10):1141-5
Neurosci Lett. 1995 Jan 30;184(3):177-80
Neurosci Lett. 1994 Jul 4;175(1-2):13-6
A prospective study of postural balance and risk of falling in an ambulatory and independent elderly population.
J Gerontol. 1994 Mar;49(2):M72-84
Do anticipatory postural adjustments precede compensatory stepping reactions evoked by perturbation?
Neurosci Lett. 1993 Dec 24;164(1-2):199-202
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