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.
Changes in early 'automatic' postural responses associated with the prior-planning and execution of a compensatory step.
Brain Res. 1993 Dec 24;631(2):203-11
Do postural responses to transient and continuous perturbations show similar vision and amplitude dependence?
J Biomech. 1993 Oct;26(10):1181-90
Task constraints on foot movement and the incidence of compensatory stepping following perturbation of upright stance.
Brain Res. 1993 Jul 9;616(1-2):30-8
Med Biol Eng Comput. 1993 Jul;31(4):355-62
Are activity-based assessments of balance and gait in the elderly predictive of risk of falling and/or type of fall?
J Am Geriatr Soc. 1993 May;41(5):479-87
Neurosci Lett. 1993 Jan 4;149(1):87-90
Influence of expectation and arousal on center-of-pressure responses to transient postural perturbations.
J Vestib Res. 1993;3(1):25-39
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1992 Nov;73(11):1073-80
J Gerontol. 1991 Jul;46(4):M123-31
Appl Ergon. 1990 Jun;21(2):107-14
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