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.
Age-related differences in dynamic balance control during stair descent and effect of varying step geometry.
Appl Ergon. 2016 Jan;52:275-84
Appl Ergon. 2015 Nov;51:9-17
Recommendations for a core outcome set for measuring standing balance in adult populations: a consensus-based approach.
PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0120568
Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015 Oct;23(10):1088-97
Do aging and dual-tasking impair the capacity to store and retrieve visuospatial information needed to guide perturbation-evoked reach-to-grasp reactions?
PLoS One. 2013;8(11):e79401
Effects of uni- and multimodal cueing on handrail grasping and associated gaze behavior in older adults.
Accid Anal Prev. 2013 Oct;59:407-14
Effects of spatial-memory decay and dual-task interference on perturbation-evoked reach-to-grasp reactions in the absence of online visual feedback.
Hum Mov Sci. 2013 Apr;32(2):328-42
Gait Posture. 2013 Feb;37(2):300-3
Does aging impair the capacity to use stored visuospatial information or online visual control to guide reach-to-grasp reactions evoked by unpredictable balance perturbation?
J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2012 Nov;67(11):1238-45
Reaching to recover balance in unpredictable circumstances: is online visual control of the reach-to-grasp reaction necessary or sufficient?
Exp Brain Res. 2012 May;218(4):589-99
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