NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A doctor at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge has been named editor-in-chief of the American Diabetes Association’s medical journal.

Another doctor from New Orleans and another Pennington Center scientist are among 16 people from around the country and one from Australia named associate editors under Dr. William T. Cefalu for the peer-reviewed journal, Diabetes Care.

A news release says all 18 will serve a three-year term with an optional two-year extension, starting with the 2012 volume year. The current team started in 2006.

The new associate editors from Louisiana are Dr. Lawrence Blonde, a diabetes specialist at Ochsner Health System and Pennington’s Eric Ravussin, a diabetes and metabolism professor and chief of the division of health and performance enhancement.

Cefalu is director of the diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism program run jointly by the LSU medical school and Pennington center, and a professor at both institutions. His research includes clinical studies to look for ways to improve the metabolisms of people with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes, and basic research on what makes cells become insulin resistant.

He also is director for Pennington’s Center for the Study of Botanicals and Metabolic Syndrome, funded by the National Institutes of Health.