10thAnniversary ofBalkan
Ophthalmic
Wetlab
3rd – 6th June 2020

One of the Steps of Becoming an Ophthalmic Surgeon

Welcome Note

Welcome to Sofia!

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to the 10th Anniversary edition of the Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course, to be held June 3rd – 6th, 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria.

It is an exciting time for us to look back and forward as we continue to grow and adapt, motivated and open to new ideas. Through the years of experience we constantly improved the programme and we have dedicated world leaders in the field of ophthalmology to share their knowledge, helping the delegates to learn and master the surgical skills necessary to perform their surgery safely on patients.

Thinking Differently about Teaching and Learning

Over the years, the Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course has become both a premier wetlab course and a highly anticipated ophthalmology event. This year, the 10th BOW features an excellent scientific programme which includes several wetlabs in the field of modern Cataract Surgery, Vitreoretinal Surgery, Laser Refractive Surgery, Keratoplasty Surgery, Glaucoma and Oculoplastic Surgery. Each course is unique and provides knowledge to young ophthalmologists even without existing background surgical skills. Advanced sessions are also included to cover the latest techniques and procedures.

During these four intensive days, the focus lays on practical hands-on surgery training with different modules in the wetlabs, where state-of-the-art machines, instruments are provided and accepted as the best way for surgeons to familiarize themselves with the equipment. The programme contains many hours of wetlab sessions, lectures plus free practice with hands-on training. By the end, you will see the difference in your surgical skills and will have confidence as an ophthalmologist.

The world of ophthalmology is an exciting area in which to work, and we will continue to meet and bring inspired people together in wetlabs like this, to ensure our Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course remains at the cutting edge of knowledge. We are convinced that interaction with colleagues from many different countries will stimulate a creative exchange of ideas and will be personally rewarding.

About Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab

Why Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course

Why Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course

The general concept of the Annual Balkan Simulated Surgical Laboratories (Wetlab) is to bring together experienced ophthalmic surgeons from the Balkan countries as well as colleagues from other European countries in the teaching process in assisting young ophthalmologists to improve their surgical skills.

The course is organized by Educational Center in Ophthalmology Resbiomed, Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic, together with MTS The Wetlab Company. We are also happy to have the support of the ophthalmic industry.

What is Wetlab and what to expect from the Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course?

The Wetlab is a practical course with different modules using the most actual “state-of-the-art” wetlab technology as well as the MTS eye model with daily fresh porcine eyes. During this wetlab you will receive all necessary knowledge by your tutor. The wetlab stations will be fully equipped with machines, disposable and hand instruments.

There will be 2 participants at each station. When you are ”assisting“ you should help and assist your colleague to perform surgery and you will learn a lot by watching the monitors and listening to the instructor. When you are the surgeon your colleague will assist you. The assistant can also practice changing the various settings of the phaco or vitrectomy machine.

What is a workshop and what to expect from it?

The aim of the workshops is to enable you to build on the basic knowledge you have acquired in the wetlabs, in order to develop the surgical expertise you will require prior to performing these procedures on patients.

The workshop programs are shorter and less rigid then those in the wetlabs. This is to allow plenty of time for questions and supervised practice by the participants. Please remember that in addition to these workshops the free practice sessions offer a unique opportunity to perfect your technique.

Who

Who?

Medicine moves forward constantly. With the assistance of quality Simulated Surgical Laboratories known as Wetlabs young ophthalmologists as well as experienced colleagues have the opportunity to improve their surgical skills with hands-on training enabling them to be better surgeons.

The 10th Balkan Ophthalmic Wetlab Course promises to deliver an excellent programme which includes five wetlab courses, presented by the world leaders in the field of ophthalmology. This represents unique opportunities to share experience with colleagues in other ophthalmic sub-specialties.

We are convinced that by the end of the course you will see the difference in your surgical skills and will have greater confidence in your abilities as an ophthalmology surgeon.

Where?

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia is located in a stand-alone plot of the highest building in the city center offering undistinguished views of the city’s skyline and Vitosha mountain.

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia is the city’s largest upscale conference hotel with 400 rooms and 5000 sq. m Convention Centre.

Where

Cataract Surgery (Basic) Course

4 Days
50 Working Places
17 Main Topics

Cataract Surgery (Basic) Course - Summary

50 Working Places
4 Days Course Duration
3 - 6 June 2020

Programme Time Table - Cataract surgery course

  • Day 1 (3 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Welcome, opening remarks and introduction of the Faculty
    09:30 - 10:30 The Incision
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Capsulorhexis
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Machine set up and parameters
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Dismantling the Lens
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
  • Day 2 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 IOLs
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10.30 - 11.00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Managing capsule rupture
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Microscopes, instruments
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Surgical anatomy of the eye Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
  • Day 3 (5 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Small pupils, hooks, rings and devices
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 IOL complications
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Strategizing complex cases
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Review of Learning objectives
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    20:00 - 24:00 Gala Dinner
  • Day 4 (6 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Putting what you have learned this week into practice in the human patient
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Free Practice
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Cataract Surgery (Basic) Course - Faculty

  • Mr. John Bolger FRCS DO FEBOS –CR My-iClinic United Kingdom
  • Dr. Dušan Pušnik Pušnik-Novljan, okulistika, optika, zobozdravstvo d.o.o. Slovenia
  • Dr. Nicola Vandemeulebroecke Oberärztin Augenklinik
    Marien Hospital Düsseldorf
    Germany
  • Prof. Dr. med. Norbert Körber Augencentrum Köln Germany
  • Dr. Moreno Menghini, MD FEBO FICO Clinical Research and Vitreoretinal Fellow Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
    Oxford University Hospitals
    United Kingdom

Cataract Surgery (Basic) Course - Prices

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)1050 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)1200 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
Registration

Cataract Surgery (Advanced) Course

4 Days
12 Working Places
17 Main Topics

Cataract Surgery (Advanced) Course - Summary

12 Working Places
4 Days Course Duration
3 - 6 June 2020

Programme Time Table - Cataract surgery course

  • Day 1 (3 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Welcome, opening remarks and introduction of the Faculty
    09:30 - 10:30 Basic steps - pearls and pitfalls
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 The physics of phaco/different pumps
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Nuclear disassembly techniques and strategies
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Understanding subtypes - key to removing cataracts
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
  • Day 2 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Identifying complex cases and planning strategies – small pupils
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Identifying complex cases and planning strategies – weak zonules
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Biometry/IOL calculations
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 IOL exchange
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
  • Day 3 (5 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Complications
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Anterior vitrectomy
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Subluxated crystalline and intraocular lenses
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Complication cases
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    20:00 - 24:00 Gala Dinner
  • Day 4 (6 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Postoperative cataract surgery complications, final questions
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Free Practice
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Cataract Surgery (Advanced) Course - Faculty

  • Dr. Petra Schollmayer University Medical Centre Ljubljana
    Clinic of Ophthalmology
    Slovenia
  • OÄ Dr. Beatrix Neumaier-Ammerer Kepler Universitätsklinikum Austria

Cataract Surgery (Advanced) Course - Prices

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)1200 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)1350 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
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Vitrectomy Course

4 Days
12 Working Places
13 Main Topics

Summary - Vitrectomy Course

12 Working Places
4 Days Course Duration
3-6 June 2020

Programme Time Table - Vitrectomy Course

  • Day 1 (3 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
    09:30 - 10:30 How the wetlab works
    Lecture & Wetlab
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Indications and surpises in V-R surgery
    Lecture & Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Basic principles
    Lecture & Wetlab
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Insertion and removal of 23G
    Instruments, dyes and tamponade

    Lecture & Wetlab
  • Day 2 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Vitreo-retinal interface
    Lecture & Wetlab
    10.30 - 11.00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Diabetes
    Lecture & Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Retinal detachment
    Lecture & Wetlab
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Endophthalmitis
    Lecture & Wetlab
  • Day 3 (5 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Combined surgery
    Lecture & Wetlab
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Combined - traumatic cataract or subluxated
    Lecture & Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Dropped nucleus
    Lecture & Wetlab
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Dropped IOL
    Lecture & Wetlab
    20:00 - 24:00 Gala Dinner
  • Day 4 (6 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Trauma
    Lecture & Wetlab
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Children
    Lecture & Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break

Faculty - Vitrectomy Course

  • Zlatko Slezak, MD County Hospital Cakovec Croatia
  • Univ.-Prof. Dr. Michael Georgopoulos, MBA Medical University of Vienna Austria

Prices - Vitrectomy Course

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)1200 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)1350 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
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Laser Refractive Surgery Course

3 Days
12 Working Places
9 Main Topics

Summary - Laser Refractive Surgery Course

12 Working Places
3 Days Course Duration
3 - 5 June 2020

Programme Time Table - Laser Refractive Surgery Course

  • Day 1 (3 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Welcome, opening remarks and introduction of the Faculty
    09:30 - 10:30 Introduction to Laser Refractive Surgery
    Lecture
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Diagnostic methods
    Lecture
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Lasers in the ophthalmology
    Lecture
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 17:00 First, Second and Third Generation of Laser Refractive Surgery
    Lecture
    17:00 - 18:00 Practical tips and sessions
    Lecture
  • Day 2 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Examination of refractive patients
    Lecture
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Live Surgery
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Live Surgery
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
  • Day 3 (5 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Post-surgery follow up
    Practice
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 PRK
    Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 LASIK / Femto LASIK
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 SMILE
    Wetlab
    20:00 - 24:00 Gala Dinner

Faculty - Laser Refractive Surgery Course

  • Dr. Alexander Angelov Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic Bulgaria
  • Mr. Yavor Angelov Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic Bulgaria

Prices - Laser Refractive Surgery Course

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)1200 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)1350 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
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Keratoplasty Surgery Course

2 Days
12 Working Places
9 Main Topics

Summary - Keratoplasty Surgery Course

4 - 5 June 2020
12 Working Places
2 Days Course Duration

Programme Time Table - Keratoplasty Surgery Course

  • Day 1 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Keynote Speech - Prof. Dr. Georges Baïkoff
    09:30 - 10:30 PKP – indications, surgical techniques, results, complication and aftercare
    Lecture
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 DALK – indications, surgical techniques, results
    Lecture
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 DSAEK / DSEK –indications, surgical techniques, result
    Lecture
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 DSAEK / DSEK –indications, surgical techniques, result
    Lecture
  • Day 2 (5 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 DSEK to DMEK – Why change? A smooth transition
    Live Surgery
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 DMEK – Preparation and preservation of donor corneal tissue Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 DMEK – Insertion and manipulation
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 DMEK – Insertion and manipulation
    Lecture, Demo & Wetlab (LDW)
    20:00 - 24:00 Gala Dinner

Faculty - Keratoplasty Surgery Course

  • Prof. Dr. Georges Baïkoff Marseille, France
  • Dr. Samer Hamada, MSc, DO(hons), FRCSEd, FRCOphth Eye Clinic London United Kingdom
  • Dr. Mohamed Elalfy, MBBCh, MSc, MD, DRCOphth, FICO, FRCSEd, FRCS Glas., FRCOphth Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust United Kingdom

Prices - Keratoplasty Surgery Course

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)1200 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)1250 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
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Glaucoma Course

2 Days
12 Working Places

Summary - Glaucoma Course

3 - 4 June 2020
2 Days Course Duration
12 Working Places

Time Table - Glaucoma Course

  • Day 1 (3 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Welcome, opening remarks and introduction of the Faculty
    09:30 - 10:30 Viscocanalostomy
    Lecture & Demo
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Viscocanalostomy
    Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Deep sclectomy
    Wetlab
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Deep sclectomy
    Wetlab
  • Day 2 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 10:30 Canaloplasty (ab interno and ab externo)
    Lecture & Demo
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 13:00 Canaloplasty (ab interno and ab externo)
    Wetlab
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Trabeculectomy
    Lecture & Demo
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Trabeculectomy
    Wetlab

Faculty - Glaucoma Course

  • Prof. Norbert Körber Germany
  • Prof. Vytautas Jasinskas Lithuania

Prices - Glaucoma Course

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)700 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)700 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
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Oculoplastic Surgery Course

2 Days
20 Working Places
9 Main Topics

Summary - Oculoplastic Surgery Course

3 - 4 June 2020
20 Working Places
2 Days Course Duration

Programme Time Table - Oculoplastic Surgery Course

  • Day 1 (3 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:20 Welcome, opening remarks and introduction of the Faculty
    09:20 - 10:10 Upper eyelid functional anatomy and evaluation
    10:10 - 10:30 Clinical cases presentation
    10:30 - 11:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 11:30 Upper eyelid malpositions
    11:30 - 12:00 Clinical cases presentation
    12:00 - 12:30 Upper eyelid ptosis
    12:30 - 13:00 Clinical cases presentation
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 14:30 Upper eyelid retraction
    14:30 - 15:30 Videofilms - child and adult ptosis operations
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Clinical cases presentation, eyelid examination practice
  • Day 2 (4 June 2020)
    09:00 - 09:30 Upper eyelid retraction
    09:30 - 10:00 Videofilm – upper eyelid retraction surgery
    10:00 - 10:30 The floppy eyelid
    10.30 - 11.00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    11:00 - 11:30 Principles of the upper eyelid reconstruction after tumor removal
    11:30 - 12:00 Clinical cases presentation
    12:30 - 13:00 Videofilms: direct brow lift, upper eyelid blepharoplasty
    13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Networking
    14:00 - 15:30 Practice in the outpatient room, live surgery
    15:30 - 16:00 Coffee / Tea Break (Networking)
    16:00 - 18:00 Closing remarks, discussion

Faculty - Oculoplastic Surgery Course

  • Dr. Milena Sredkova, PhD Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic Bulgaria
  • Dr. Tanya Koleva Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic Bulgaria

Prices - Oculoplastic Surgery Course

Eearly Fee (until 31 March)500 €
Late Fee (after 1 April)700 €
Groups of 5 to 910% discount off the current fee
Groups of 10 or more15% discount off the current fee
* Fees are payable in 1 (one) or in 2 (two) installments. The first installment of 50% is payable at the time of registration. The second installment of 50% is payable by the end of April 2020.
* Please note – All prices are in Euro inclusive of 20% VAT
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Course Venue

A hospitality masterpiece, offering unprecedented setting for high-class business and private events, tempting variety of culinary pleasures, top-shelf SPA experiences and many more. That’s the essence of Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia – Bulgaria’s capital’s newest hospitality jewel.

You need only raise your sight to see Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia overlooking the National Palace of Culture and the entire city.

Grand Hotel Millennium Sofia welcome you with next-to-none bird-eye views and boutique experiences you are bound to recall time and again, long after your departure.

10 extraordinary restaurants, bars and lounges offering sweeping views over the city

32 storey tower, topped off by a private helipad

400 gracefully furnished rooms and suites revealing breathteaking mountain and city view

3200 square meters of nonpareil head-to-toe relaxation in Millennium Spa & Wellness

5000 square meters of 3 full floors Convention Centre surrounding a spectacular 6-story atrium

Organized by

Educational Center in Ophthalmology RESBIOMED< Resbiomed Sofia Eye Clinic MTS – the wetlab company