The close proximity of the River Campus to the University of Rochester Medical Center fosters cross-campus cooperation between medicine, engineering and applied and pure sciences in special research centers, such as these devoted to:
A new medical technology innovation masters program immerses engineering students in clinical settings so they can devise practical solutions to medical problems. Multidisciplinary research initiatives flourish in other areas as well.
- New cutting-edge programs in digital media studies, emphasize multidisciplinary approaches to training students for emerging opportunities in digital fields.
- The Music and Sound Initiative draws on faculty experts in biomedical engineering, music theory, brain and cognitive sciences, electrical and computer engineering, and linguistics.
- The W. Allen Wallis Institute of Political Economy, a collaboration between the Departments of Economics and Political Science studies how economic forces shape political decisions, and vice versa.
- The Film and Media Studies Program, itself a collaboration among seven academic departments, has partnered with the George Eastman House, to teach motion picture preservation, restoration, and conservation.