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Artifcts Wins Grant for Brain Health Research

June 28, 2023

Today the founders of Artifcts appeared at MIT University's The Engine with eight other finalists to pitch their proposal for brain health research in partnership with UMass Chan Medical School. It's our great honor to announce that MeHI awarded Artifcts a $50,000 grant to complete its pilot research proposal. Read the official MeHI press release here. The research subject: Brain Health. And our aim: To confirm the feasibility of using Artifcts as an early screening tool for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. 

"People do not want to talk about brain health. It's terrifying to imagine life without healthy cognitive function. So you can understand why so many avoid even getting tested. And this testing is not yet a standard preventive health care practice." said Artifcts Co-founder and CEO Heather Nickerson.

Heather Nickerson, cofounder and CEO of Artifcts, presenting on stage at MeHI Healthy Aging sandbox pitch competition MIT The Engine

 
 
Heather Nickerson, Co-founder and CEO, on stage at MIT's The Engine for Artifcts' 2-minute final pitch to the judges.

The Artifcts team views this research as an important "and" for Artifcts, not a pivot. Co-founder and CSO Ellen Goodwin emphasized, "We've built Artifcts as a way of life, enjoyed by people 16 to 97 who create and share Artifcts every day. Now we'll investigate if we can play a role in dementia, a collection of diseases that affects more than 50 million people worldwide."

Artifcts, along with two others awardees, is a member of the AgeTech Collaborative from AARP. Read more from AARP on the MeHI Healthy Aging Sandbox Challenge.

From here, Artifcts will work with UMass Medical on a several-month process that will include study design and application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), responsible for protecting the welfare, rights, and privacy of human subjects, for approval to proceed. With IRB approval, Artifcts will then recruit study participants. Interested in participating or know someone who may be? Follow Artifcts on social media and subscribe to the newsletter so you stay apprised of developments!

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We’re so grateful for the enthusiastic and warm support from across the spectrum of Arti Community members over the past two and a half years. You are parents, collectors, genealogists, organizers, planners, and people who love good stories and reflective moments! We want you to know we appreciate you. We would not exist but for you! And in a time being called the "great extinction" of startups, we are, again, nothing if not grateful.

As such, please know that the changes we're about to announce will not affect our existing Arti Lite and Arti Unlimited community members.  

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You Know Us, It Keeps Getting Better!

We must make Artifcting fun and easy and deliver great value to you, too, as a reward for Artifcting! In just the short two years of our existence, we have regularly delivered valuable enhancements: 

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Your Next Steps

If you are already an Arti Lite or Arti Unlimited member, you are all set! You are locked in at our introductory rates for the duration of your current membership and future renewals. Consider sharing the experience (at the same introductory rate) with your loved ones and gifting them an Artifcts membership before yearend.

If you have yet to take the plunge into Artifcts, please join us now. We’d so love for you to experience the joy and the power of Artifcts.  

On the fence? There is still time to join now free and create up to 5 Artifcts before you buy a membership and lock in our introductory rates.

If you have questions, we're here for you. Write to us at Hello@Artifcts.com.

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