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Fields-Inria Workshop on Mathematics for Medicine January 31-February 2, 2018 • Fields Institute Organizers: Jean Clairambault and Jean‑Frédéric Gerbeau (Inria), Huaxiong Huang (Fields Institute), Benoît Perthame (Université Paris 6), and Sivabal Sivaloganathan (University of Waterloo) Understanding the mathematics behind how the body works and what is happening when diseases take hold, is vital to modern medical research. The increasing importance of math in medicine is a focus area for the Fields Institute and Institut national de recherche en informatique et en automatique (Inria), and both institutions are keen to promote collaboration and increase research in this interdisciplinary field. To that end, on January 31 experts from Canada, France, and other parts of the world met at the Fields Institute for a three‑day workshop to discuss the latest advances in medical mathematics, which culminated in a bilateral technical meeting on February 3 between Fields and Inria representatives, with much fruitful discussion. The talks, focusing on modelling methods and results for cardiovascular diseases, cancer growth, and therapeutics, were extremely well-received and raised much interest among the audience. Many bilateral projects of scientific collaboration emerged and the general atmosphere was casual, relaxed, and friendly, with rich scientific exchanges at coffee breaks and lunches. One of the most exciting developments was the possibility of an Inria branch associated with the Fields Institute being founded in Ontario, gathering Inria and local teams on a bilateral and bottom‑up basis, following the model of Inria@ SiliconValley in California. This kind of international, interdisciplinary, and innovative workshop is at the heart of the Fields Institute mission to expand the application of mathematics in modern society.  13