R M Cullen
MD MSc MFM BA DipStats DipProfEthics
|elite athlete development||diabetes||economics||evolution|
|Pro-Pare™||diabetes reversal||midinomics||chance or design?|
|tamaki sports academy||diabetes blog||genome topology|
|some thoughts||some opinions|
Welcome to my web-site. I can most easily be contacted via email, doc at tamakisports.nz
A large proportion of my time is currently taken up with elite athlete development. A colleague and I have developed Pro-Pare™. The defining feature of Pro-Pare™ is a regularly reviewed IDP (Individual Development Plan) which assists athletes to achieve their goals by integrating sporting development, formal education or training, and life-skills acquisition. Pro-Pare™ is equally able to be used as the foundation for a youth development programme for at-risk 16-18 year old youth. The modular nature of Pro-Pare™ means that parts can be used as the basis for short one or two day workshops. As we have obtained more experience with Pro-Pare™ and the IDP (Individual Development Plan) it has become very obvious that this is an approach particularly suited to Pacific Island athletes.
I continue to teach a post-graduate course now titled "Human Evolution: chance or design?". The balance must be about right as the course is hated fervently by Dawkins acolytes and by young earth creationists. 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 genome topology are called epenes.
I no longer practice medicine and am no longer registered as a medical practitioner in New Zealand. I continue to have an interest in diabetes and offer health consultations to folk diagnosed with pre-diabetes (intermediate hyperglycemia) or who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the last few years. The aim is to reverse the pre-diabetes or type two diabetes.
My new interest is vaki ® puzzles, www.vakipuzzles.org
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.
Since the turn of the century I have chaired the New Zealand Science Trust, a charitable trust incorporated in New Zealand. The trust is currently reincorporating to reflect its Pacific presence.
All this activity has been at the expense of my research in mathematics. I have been interested for a long time in the idea that what we call the expanding universe is just an expression of the reproductive property of distance. That is, distance begets more distance. The idea has become almost mainstream now. I would like the time to explore the ideas that what we call mass is just distance knotted in a particular way and that gravity is the tendency of mass to consume distance (i.e for the knots to incoporate strings).