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Visit of Dr John Holt to DIT

On 17th May 2004 Dr John Holt from Perth Western Australia paid a courtesy call on the DIT Kevin Street and discussed some of his lifelong work in the treatment of cancer.


Early in 2003 Mr Victor Thorne of the School of Electronic & Communications Engineering was contacted by Dr Hugh Tinsley, general practitioner, who had recently returned from Australia where he had become familiar with the work of Dr John Holt in cancer research and treatment. Hugh Tinsley was intent on replicating in Ireland the reported successes of John Holt and in due course came to hear of Victor Thorne's earlier involvement in a closely related field. 

Victor Thorne had some years previously been associated with the late Professor Douglas Thornes in the use of radio waves as a means of producing hyperthermia as a cancer therapy. This work was carried out in Dublin's St Laurence's Hospital which was later subsumed into the new Beaumont Hospital. 

Hugh Tinsley and Victor Thorne now have at their disposal a number of high power radio frequency generators and ancillary equipment which will be employed in the treatment of cancer.

Since returning to Ireland Hugh Tinsley has maintained regular contact with John Holt who has been extremely supportive and when the opportunity presented John Holt was invited to discuss some of his work with members of DIT staff. 

Victor Thorne, Dr John Holt, Dr Max Ammann, Cian McNamara(DIT Student), Stephen Whyte (DIT Student), Dr Hugh Tinsley and Chris Bruce


The visit comprised an informal meeting and discussion and a walk-about of relevant laboratories in Biological Science and Electronic & Communications Engineering. During the visit Holt and Tinsley met the following members of staff.  Dr Matt Hussey, Dr Brid Ann Ryan, Dr Ursula McEvilly, Dr. Brendan O'Sullivan, Dr Max Ammann, Dr Peter Kavanagh, Mr Chris Bruce and Mr Victor Thorne as well as some post-graduate students.

At the meeting John Holt outlined some of the highlights of his long career in the research and treatment of human cancers. Many of his early and more recent successes and methods were illustrated by photographs and documents. His use of sucrose blockers and cancer cell sensitising by radio waves was of great interest to all present but most particularly to Brid Ann Ryan from a biological perspective and Max Ammann on the engineering side.

The visit was regarded as highly successful and in later conversation Dr Holt expressed to Hugh Tinsley and Victor Thorne his admiration for the research being carried out in the DIT schools visited and its significance for his own work.


In light of the interest generated during this visit it would appear that there are grounds for investigating the possibility of DIT involvement in some aspects of the topics discussed in both biology and engineering. It would therefore seem appropriate that interested parties would get together to explore these avenues further.

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