Tiina Urv, Ph.D., joined the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Branch as a Program Director in October 2006. Dr. Urv is a developmental disabilities specialist with a Ph.D. from Columbia University and over 25 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities in both clinical and research settings. Prior to joining the Branch, she was an assistant professor at University of Massachusetts Medical School's Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center and a research scientist at the New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities. The focus of her work was the behavioral aspect of aging and Alzheimer disease in adults with Down syndrome and developmental disabilities. Dr. Urv's work in the IDD Branch is broad. She manages NICHDs Fragile X prortfolio and serves as the chair for the NIH FXS Research Coordinating Group, which developed the Research Plan on FXS and Associated Disorders. She also serves as coordinator for the research program in newborn screening and manages a diverse portfolio of grants for the IDD Branch related to these efforts. In addition Dr. Urv manages grants with a focus on behavioral, biobehavioral and social sciences research related to develomental disabilties.