California reopens for CREF

California reopens June 15 because cases are low and vaccinations ahead of schedule, according to California Governor Gavin Newsom. In his announcement Tuesday, April 6, Newsom confirmed that California could lift most statewide COVID-19 restrictions by June 15 if vaccine supply is sufficient and hospitalizations remain low.

For conventions, that means that when California reopens, indoor gatherings greater than 100 people will be allowed, provided that participants wear face masks. International convention attendees will be allowed only if fully vaccinated.

In light of this welcome news about California reopening, the CREF Planning Committee is excited to be moving forward with plans for a live meeting and is working closely with the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina to create a safe and memorable 40th anniversary celebration. We hope you’ll join us this fall!

CREF Registration Open

Register Early for Discounted Rates
Registration for the 40th Anniversary CREF Meeting is open. Early-bird discounted rates end June 11, 2021, so remember to register soon!

CREF Hotel Reservation Portal Open

Book Your Stay Now for Best Selection
When California reopens, hotels and convention centers will be permitted to resume hosting meetings and events. That includes the four-star Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the official CREF 2021 hotel. Our reservation portal is now active, so remember to make your hotel reservations early if you’re planning to attend this fall.

CREF attendees enjoy a discounted room rate of $239 per night, single or double, with no resort fee. The cutoff date for the reduced CREF hotel group rate is Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and that rate is valid two days before and after the event—based on availability. Book your room today!

Call for Abstracts

Oral Presenters Compete for the Utley Award
The CREF Program Committee invites abstract submissions for the 40th Anniversary Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium. All abstracts accepted for oral presentation will compete for the 21st Annual Utley Award.

The deadline is July 16, 2021. For more information, view the abstract submission guidelines on our website.

Swain Scholarship for Perfusion Students

Students & Graduates Form Lasting Connections
All current perfusion students or recent graduates (2019 – 2021) are eligible to compete for the Swain Scholarship.

The award includes free conference registration, four nights in the conference hotel, a $500 travel stipend, and a speaking opportunity in the general session. Additional student scholarships include free registration.

If you or someone you know would like to apply, remember to do so by June 11, 2021. Email us a description of your research and a recommendation letter from your director.