Saliva Sessions: Public events for those interested and affected by head and neck cancer

Despite being a lifesaving treatment for head and neck cancer patients, a side-effect of radiotherapy is damage to salivary glands, leading to the chronic condition of dry mouth. This can severely affect a patient’s quality of life, with existing treatments focusing on short-term relief of side-effects. Dr Elaine Emmerson’s research at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) aims to develop a regenerative strategy to restore salivary gland function.

During her residency at CRM, artist Emily Fong observed the journey taken by the salivary gland, from the time it is removed from the patient through to research taking place in the Emmerson Lab; meeting with patients, surgeons, oncologists, pathologists and scientists, capturing different perspectives and interactions with the organ. From this experience, the project G-lands: An Out of Body Experience emerged. Her observations from her journey in the form of illustrations and sculpture are currently exhibiting at Summerhall as part of the Bioverse exhibition.


ASCUS Art & Science are proud announce two public events part of G-lands: An Out of Body Experience.

Panel Discussion

A panel discussion between the extraordinary team that formed the G-Lands Project inside and beyond the Centre for Regenerative Medicine.

Join Emily Fong, Dr Elaine Emmerson and key clinical and patient partners for a dynamic discussion about the experience of collaboration between art, science, surgery, pathology and the patient experience of head and neck cancer, hosted by Hazel Lambert.

Date: 24th May 2022
Time: 7pm – 8pm
Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre | Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Tickets: Free | Drop in

Please note that this event will be recorded to be made available to wider audiences after the event.

Public Hands-on Workshop

Have you or someone you love been affected by head and neck cancer? You are invited to ASCUS Lab for a morning of exploring the cutting edge science of salivary gland regeneration through creativity. This is a great opportunity to try some scientific activities including DNA extraction and microscopy, create artworks, chat to researchers and reflect on your own journey in the company of other patient partners.

Date: 28th May 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: ASCUS Lab | Summerhall, Edinburgh EH9 1PL
Tickets: Free | Limited space Reserve a spot

If you have any questions about these events, please contact

These events are funded by the Medical Research Council

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