R M Cullen
MD MSc MFM BA DipStats DipProfEthics
|elite athlete development||diabetes reversal||genome topology||evolution|
|tamaki sports academy||diabetes blog|
Welcome to my web-site. I can most easily be contacted via email, doc at tamakisports.nzOver the last ten years my interests and focus have changed substantially. In 2006 I was a full-time medical practitioner with an interest in research. Now, my practice is part-time. I run a diabetes reversal clinic and am involved in elite athlete development (health rather than medicine). I am no longer registered as a medical practitioner in New Zealand.
A colleague and I have developed Pro-Pare™. In its full form this is a modular one year programme designed to prepare talented young players for a career in professional rugby (union or league). It is equally able to be used as the foundation for a youth development programme for at-risk 16-18 year olds who dream of a professional career. The modular nature of Pro-Pare™ means that parts can be used as the basis for short one or two day workshops.
My turn of the century interest in cloning has become an interest in genome topology. Genome topology is grounded in the idea that only those genes on the service of the genome-histone complex are available for transcription. Accordingly the mechanisms which control genome topology are a primary level of gene regulation - they determine which genes are available for transcription, where, when, and for how long. The factors which mediate geneome topology are called epenes.
My new interest is vaki ® puzzles, www.vakipuzzles.com
Vaki ® puzzles are solved by completing the grid so that there are two symbols in each cell
(most commonly a letter and a number), each letter and each number appears once in each
column and once in each row, and each pair appears only once in the grid.
Vaki puzzles range from the small and easier (3x3) to the really quite large and very demanding (10x10 and bigger).
They are related to sudoku. Technically, sudoku are incomplete Latin squares (with a block constraint) while vaki ® puzzles are incomplete Graeco-Roman or Euler squares with a unique solution. As well as their recreational use, they have applications as codes and in lossless data compression, as well as their established uses in experimental design and error detection/correction.
I have taken on the role of chair, New Zealand Puzzle Association Incorporated. The
Association is responsible for organising the NZ sudoku and vaki puzzle championships.