Dr. Brewer received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and is the Sellner Emeritus professor of human genetics and Emeritus professor of internal medicine of the University of Michigan Medical School. He is also currently co-director of Vetgen Laboratories and co-director of Cypris LLC.
He served as president of the American College of Nutrition from 1996-97. He received the ACN Award for Distinction for Outstanding Research in Nutrition in 1989, and the ACN Mastership Award in 1999. Other awards include: a USPHS Career Development Award, 1965-70, Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Chicago in 1976, a Certificate of Appreciation from the Wilson’s Disease Association in 1983, a Raulin Award from the International Society for Trace Element Research in Humans in 1998, a Sellner Professorship of Human Genetics from the University of Michigan in 2000, and a Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Purdue University, 2004. He is a fellow of the Morris Animal Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.